When we saw NVIDIA slash the price on its Shield Android-based portable gaming console back in March, it started to feel like this model was on its last legs; what was supposed to be a “limited time” discount ending over a month ago is still available to this day, as if NVIDIA is clearing stock. All this had us expecting a Shield successor to be arriving shortly, and sure enough it wasn’t long before we were hearing hardware rumors about a Shield 2. This week, those rumors get some teeth, as we spot a new NVIDIA model hitting the FCC that sure appears to be another Shield system.
While at first glance the wireframe you see above might be mistaken for the original Shield, the design is a bit different: thinner in places, and with more natural-looking contours.
Really, it almost looks like a stand-alone controller, with no obvious hinge for the screen up top. Could that actually be what this is, rather than a new Shield model?
Well, the FCC paperwork does describe the device as a “wireless controller” but that might be due to the lack of a better classification. It also reveals support for WiFi, while we’d expect something that was just a controller to connect over Bluetooth, instead, and the model number here of P2570 isn’t too far removed from the first Shield’s P2450. All things considered, we’re leaning towards this being the new Shield.