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Nvidia Shield review roundup: Iffy software holds back the handheld's beautiful hardware

Ian Paul | Aug. 1, 2013
The Nvidia Shield sure has gone through a lot of changes in the past few weeks. After the portable Android-based gaming device was given a sturdier design, a $50 price cut, and a delayed release date, it finally started shipping on Wednesday.

But while every reviewer praised the Shield's hardware and its vision, be sure you know what you're getting into: All said that between the ho-hum selection of compatible Android games and the nascent state of PC streaming, convincing anyone but enthusiasts to plunk down $300 on the Shield will be a hard sell. The Shield is an impressive bit of hardware, they say, but it's niche--and it doesn't really replace any of the devices you already likely own.

 

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