NVIDIA Shield gets discounted price, software updates, Portal Android port

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Last year’s NVIDIA Shield was an intriguing concept that never really managed to catch on with mainstream gamers. While the console offered quality hardware controls, it was also just as expensive as a full-on smartphone (well, a Nexus phone, at least), retailing for about $300. NVIDIA tried to sweeten the deal by delivering new features by way of updates, but so far it just hasn’t been able to win over many hearts. Today the company took one more stab at making Shield more attractive, announcing a new price, new features, and a very popular exclusive game.

Starting today, and running all the way through the end of April, NVIDIA is lowering Shield’s price to just $200. Considering how some smartwatches will set you back more than that, it seems like a much more agreeable price.

On the software side, NVIDIA is updating Shield to run Android 4.4.2 KitKat, delivering improvements to its GameStream feature, tweaking Shield’s UI, and coming out with a new version of TegraZone.

Finally, NVIDIA has revealed that Valve is working on an Android port of the hit puzzle game Portal. Details on its release are still unclear, but one way or another, it’s coming to Shield.

Source: Android Guys, NVIDIA
Via: Android Police

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