NVIDIA SHIELD User Guide: Get The Most From The Ultimate Gaming & Entertainment Portable
Get The Most From The Ultimate Gaming & Entertainment Portable
NVIDIA has redefined amazing graphics for nearly 20 years. It changed the face of PC gaming, then took the mobile world by storm with the fastest, most advanced mobile processors. Now, NVIDIA has designed and produced the ultimate gaming and entertainment portable—NVIDIA SHIELD.
SHIELD combines all the best gaming and multimedia technologies into one impressive portable device. The world's fastest, most powerful mobile processor—NVIDIA Tegra 4. A console-grade game controller with a 5-inch retinal-quality HD touchscreen for incredible graphics and interactivity. A booming bass reflex sound system. And a ton of advanced technologies that make SHIELD better for gaming and entertainment than any phone or tablet on the market. Best of all, it's priced at just $299.
On the go, SHIELD can stream YouTube, Twitch, Hulu+, or any other video service. Plus, it offers a whole new way to experience any Android game, music library, e-book, magazine, movie, TV show, or any app available through GooglePlay™. It can even remotely pilot the Parrot AR Drone over several hundred feet.
At home, SHIELD connects to GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPUs to enable PC game streaming, allowing gamers to kick back on their sofas while enjoying PC-quality visuals in the palms of their hands.
Screen and audio mirroring through HDMI-out and Miracast also allows SHIELD owners to watch and listen to digitally-downloaded entertainment directly through their home entertainment system, removing the need for a media PC, streaming box, or Blu-Ray player.
In this guide we'll show the features and capabilities of SHIELD, how to set SHIELD up to make use of those features, and offer additional tips and tricks that will help users get the most from the shiny new handheld.
Updated December 2nd, 2013.
SHIELD Features, In-Depth
NVIDIA SHIELD is currently the world's most powerful mobile gaming device, sporting a NVIDIA Tegra 4 clocked at 1.9GHz. Paired with Tegra 4 is 2GB of high-speed RAM, and 16GB of onboard flash memory for the storage of games, apps and media that will displayed on the 5-inch, 720p, HD, retinal-quality touchscreen. For additional file storage, the MicroSD card slot supports cards of up to 64GB.
NVIDIA Tegra 4 Mobile Processor
At the core of SHIELD is the world's fastest mobile processor, the new NVIDIA Tegra 4, which delivers enormous pixel-pushing power from its custom 72-core GeForce GPU, and the first quad-core application of ARM's most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15. These, combined with its battery-saver core and energy-saving PRISM 2 technology, deliver hours of gameplay on a single charge.
SHIELD is built on Tegra 4, providing unmatched Android gaming performance and graphics quality.
Pure Android - The Latest Android OS
With SHIELD, you always have the latest Android OS and instant access to thousands of great games and apps. Whether you're into tweeting, updating your Facebook status, or customizing your own experience, SHIELD gives you all the options found on other unlocked Android devices.
The latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google provides instant access to thousands of Android applications and games.
With SHIELD updated to Android 4.3, users get a range of new features, such as restricted profiles, expandable and actionable notifications, and improvements that make everything feel even more fluid, fast and smooth.
Updates & Root
System updates will be pushed to the device through the normal Google update process. NVIDIA will provide frequent OS updates for SHIELD keeping users current with the latest releases from Google. Users can also apply OS updates on their own by unlocking the bootloader, though this may void your warranty.
Console Quality Controller
The console-grade game controller offers the ultimate control, precision, and feel.
SHIELD allows mobile games to be played with the precision, control, and familiarity of an integrated, full-size game controller.
SHIELD provides a full console-grade controller with two joysticks, a D-pad, ABXY buttons, L/R bumpers, L/R analog triggers, Start/Back/Home/Volume buttons, and a multi-function SHIELD button. It also houses motion sensors including a 6-axis gyros plus accelerometer.
The triggers and bumpers are console grade, and have been fine-tuned following numerous outings at events, where thousands of gamers tested prototypes and provided feedback.
Brilliant gameplay and video experience are provided by SHIELD's integrated 5-inch, 1280x720 HD retinal multi-touch display, with 294 pixels per inch. Plus, Tegra 4's Direct Touch technology gives the screen touch responsiveness that is more consistent and accurate than those found on other Android gaming systems.
Most touch screen tasks can also be accomplished using the SHIELD controller's virtual mouse.
High Fidelity, Powerful Speakers
SHIELD has integrated stereo speakers with a custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system that provides fidelity and dynamic range never before experienced on a handheld device. SHIELD also has a 3.5mm stereo headphone/mic jack, and supports 8-channel PCM audio over HDMI. This means you can use your combination headphone/microphone headsets like the Astro A40 and Apple headphones for VOIP communications on SHIELD.
SHIELD can also access Android apps such as Hulu, Play Movies, and Slacker Radio, so users can enjoy their movies and music anywhere without expensive, clumsy wired or wireless speakers.
The depth of the SHIELD enclosure allows for the speakers to be ported; put inside a box/enclosure that makes for a fuller sound. Porting provides a much better low end response providing a unique and dynamic audio experience for a device in its class.
The custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system delivers fidelity and range never before experienced on a handheld device of its class.
802.11n 2x2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi delivers high-bandwidth, ultra-fast wireless connectivity for high-speed internet browsing, the most advanced Parrot AR.Drone control system ever created, and PC game streaming via Steam.
SHIELD provides full support for 802.11a/b/g/n and all standard 802.11 protocols (WEP, WPA, WPA2, PSK, 802.1x EAP).
The battery in SHIELD is comprised of 3 cells with a combined rating of 28.8-watt-hours.
SHIELD is built for extended gameplay and delivers 4-5 hours of gameplay for Tegra 4 optimized games and up to 10 hours of gameplay for typical Android games. Users can play HD quality movies for up to 15 hours, and music playback for up to 40 hours.
SHIELD can be charged through the included micro-USB power adapter. Although most standard micro USB adapters and USB ports can be used, we recommend the included 2A power adapter for optimum charge time and performance. Note that third-party charging adapters and docking stations will be available.
Full I/O support including 802.11n 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, and a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack enables connection to your favorite devices and peripherals.
SHIELD fully supports streaming audio over A2DP to Bluetooth headsets, headphones, and other audio devices. Users can also establish a Bluetooth connection with other SHIELD users and play multi-player games like Virtua Tennis.
SHIELD supports a variety of USB devices, including power adapters, headphones, speakers, and connection to other devices such as a PC for file transfer. The micro-USB port is used for both power and data. While SHIELD doesn't have an Ethernet port, it is possible to use a third party micro-USB to Ethernet adapter to connect SHIELD to the Internet without the use of Wi-Fi.
You can add more storage to SHIELD via the microSD expansion slot (Secure Digital Extended Capacity – SDXC) on the back of the device.
With SHIELD Software Update 61, released October 28th 2013, game files and apps can be moved to the SD card, freeing up space on SHIELD itself. At this time, the feature is compatible with select games and apps.
Preparing The SD Card
- 32GB (or less) microSD cards - SHIELD supports FAT32 data format. Most microSD cards that are 32GB or less are already formatted as FAT32. If the memory card is not formatted, format to FAT32, using your PC or Mac computer.
- 64GB (or higher) microSD cards - Android does not support the exFAT file system out-of-the-box. Because the standard FAT32 file system does NOT support partitions greater than 32GB by default, 64GB cards come pre-formatted as exFAT. If you want to use a 64GB microSD with Shield, it has to be converted to a file system format that is supported by stock Android, which in this case is NTFS. This can be done using a PC.
How-To Move to SD Card
Navigate to the application that you want to move by going to Settings > Apps > Select App
The App will tell you how much space is free on the SD card and will allow the apps data to be moved to the SD Card. Click the button to do this.
Select OK to move the data.
It may take a few minutes for the copy to complete.
The amount of space freed up on SHIELD will be updated once the game or application is moved to SD card.
HDMI & Miracast Support
SHIELD can be connected to a HDTV using the mini-HDMI port on the back of the device, or by connecting wirelessly via Miracast to a Miracast-capable TV or receiver. Learn more here.
NVIDIA Tegra 4 1.9GHz quad-core mobile processor with 2 GB RAM
5-inch 1280x720 multi-touch retinal-quality display
Integrated stereo speakers with built-in microphone
16 GB Flash memory
802.11n 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi
Dual analog joysticks
28.8 watt hours
Weight & Size
Android Jelly Bean OS
SHIELD comes preloaded with Google Play and other stock Google apps (Gmail, Youtube, Maps, etc.), Hulu+, Twitch.tv, and TegraZone, which allows quick access to your Android games, your PC games, and the SHIELD listing of optimized games. SHIELD will also feature two full SHIELD-optimized games: Sonic 4 Episode II THD and Expendable: Rearmed.
As a full Android device, SHIELD gives gamers access to the hundreds of thousands of popular apps, games, music, movies, and books on Google Play.
NVIDIA SHIELD Functionality Updates
Android Status Bar Auto-Hide
With the release of the December 2013 NVIDIA SHIELD Update, SHIELD users can now hide the Android status bar, increasing screen space and creating a fullscreen experience.
To enable the Hide status bar feature, navigate to the Display menu in the Settings screen.
Within the Display menu, check the checkbox next to “Full screen mode”.
You can access the status bar information at any time by swiping downwards from the top of the screen - the status bar will automatically hide itself in 3 seconds if you do not interact with it.
Experience your library of PC games in the palm of your hands. Optimized for game-speed Wi-Fi with ultra-low latency and now up to 60 frames per second, GAMESTREAM officially supports over 50 of the best PC games, including 2013 blockbuster holiday releases Batman: Arkham Origins and Assassin’s Creed Black Flag.
SHIELD gives you the power to wirelessly access your GeForce GTX-powered computer from the comfort of your couch. Play your favorite PC games on a full-size controller with ultra-low latency thanks to SHIELD's game-speed Wi-Fi and the fast performance of GeForce GTX GPUs.
- Enjoy full optimization for game speed Wi-Fi with ultra-low latency, using any of our recommended routers.
- Experience the ultimate visual performance with 720p at up to 60 frames per second on SHIELD’s 5-inch HD multi-touch LCD display.
- Console Mode ready – experience your favorite PC games on the big screen with GameStream.
System Requirements for GAMESTREAM
The basic requirements for PC Game Streaming are a Wi-Fi router and a modern gaming PC with a GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPU.
The detailed requirements are:
- GPU: GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPU (Notebook GPUs are not supported at this time)
- CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz or higher
- System Memory: 4GB or higher
- OS: Windows 8 or Windows 7
- GeForce Experience Version 1.7
- GeForce 331.58 or higher drivers
- Steam Client 6/20 or later
- Routers: 802.11a/g router (minimum). 802.11n dual band router (recommended)
How GameStream Works
NVIDIA uses the H.264 encoder built into GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPUs along with efficient wireless streaming software protocol integrated into GeForce Experience to stream games from the PC to SHIELD over the user's home Wi-Fi network with ultra-low latency. Gamers then use SHIELD as the controller and display for their favorite PC games, as well as for Steam Big Picture.
In addition to streaming the game, NVIDIA also configures PC games for streaming using GeForce Experience to deliver a seamless out of the box experience. There are three key activities involved here:
- Generating optimal game settings for streaming games from the PC to SHIELD
- Enabling controller support in games
- Optimizing the game launch process
We use our GeForce Experience servers to determine the best quality settings based on the user's CPU and GPU, and target higher frame rates than 'normal' optimal settings to ensure the lowest latency gaming experience. These settings are automatically applied when the game is launched so gamers don't have to worry about configuring these settings themselves.
This avoids gamers having to manually configure controller support in the game – it 'just works' out of the box.
This is important so that gamers can get into the game as quickly and seamlessly as possible, without hitting launchers or other interfaces that don't play nicely with controller.
How To Configure GameStream
Setting up your PC:
1. Connect both SHIELD and PC to the same Wi-Fi-N router.
- For best performance, it is recommended that the PC is connected via Ethernet to the router, and the SHIELD is connected to the router on the 5G channel.
2. Install GeForce driver 331.82 WHQL or higher http://www.geforce.com/drivers.
3. Launch GeForce Experience 1.8 or newer (included in the driver download).
4. Scan for games.
5. On the My Rig tab in GeForce Experience, confirm that your PC meets the hardware requirements for game streaming.
6. Install Steam, or if already installed, make sure you using the latest version by selecting "Check for Steam Client Updates…" in the "Steam" UI dropdown.
7. Log into Steam using Online mode and make sure that the games you want to stream have been installed and previously launched once from the PC.
8. Press the NVIDIA button on your SHIELD and select the PC Games tab. Find the available PCs on the network from which to stream games to SHIELD.
9. Select your PC to pair with from the list of available PCs.
10. A one-time pairing pop-up should appear on your PC. Click on the Connect button in the pop-up.
11. You will now see a list of supported PC games that are available to stream from your PC.
12. Select a supported game from the list and press the A button to play.
Using On-Screen GameStream Controls
When a game is launched, the following help message is displayed for accessing on-screen controls. These controls allow users to interact with game dialogs to make GAMESTREAM a better experience on SHIELD.
To access on-screen controls, use a two-finger tap. Alternatively, you can long-press the Start button.
The on-screen controls will bring up a menu screen with four options: Keyboard, Home, Help, and Quit.
The main selection screen is what you get with two-finger taps on screen.
If you need to input information into a dialog, use the Keyboard selection.
Pressing the Keyboard button will bring up the keyboard.
Most of the touch navigation options are straightforward. Clicking Help will display the full list of available touch interactions.
The Help button will display the touch interaction information that can be used to interact with PC games on the SHIELD screen.
Tips and Tricks
- We recommend launching your games at least once on the PC BEFORE launching through SHIELD to install all of the prerequisites (VC Redists, DirectX ect..) and set up all DRM features (Games For Windows Live, SocialClub ect…).
- If you do not see your PC on the server list on your SHIELD, or cannot connect to your PC from SHIELD:
- Verify that both SHIELD and the PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi router.
- Be sure the latest GeForce Experience software is loaded and running on the PC, and that your Steam account is logged in if streaming Steam games supported by GeForce Experience.
- Verify that your PC meets the system requirements using the My Rig tab in GeForce Experience
- Make sure your PC is powered on, and that you are logged in to your PC.
- If you do not see a pairing request pop-up:
- In GeForce Experience, press the Reset button in the Preferences -> Streaming tab
- If any of the above steps do not work, trying rebooting the SHIELD and the PC.
For power users, GAMESTREAM provides the ability to access unsupported games via Steam Big Picture. The best experience will be achieved with a game that has controller support, but that doesn’t limit the use case to those games. Below we provide some tips and tricks to use SHIELD’s user interface to help navigate through your GAMESTREAM experience.
Tips For Interacting With Unsupported Games
- Shield is a touch screen device that uses mouse emulation for streaming. Any time the user is in a situation where using the mouse would bypass a menu or in game option that the controller will not operate, simply use the touch screen as the mouse.
- Single finger tap = Left Mouse Click
- Single finger long press = Left Mouse Button Hold
- Shield has a full virtual keyboard built into the touch screen interface. As with the mouse, if there is a situation that requires a keyboard instead of the controller, use the virtual keyboard by tapping two fingers on the touch screen and tapping the keyboard icon that appears.
- Two Finger Tap = On-Screen Menu
While Streaming a PC game, you can use the Pinch to Zoom and Pan functions to better navigate menus or other in game elements that are hard to see. Simply pinch or expand with two fingers to zoom and use a two finger swipe to pan around while zoomed.
Adding Non-Steam games to Steam for PC to SHIELD streaming
SHIELD enables streaming of games, including Steam games, Origin games, and other games loaded independently on the PC by using the Steam Big Picture interface. To do this, click the “Add a Game” button on the main Steam games list and select “Add a Non-Steam game”. Then it will allow the user to select from a list of .exe files installed on your computer. Select the game you wish to launch and it will be added to your Steam games list.
Use the "Add a Game" feature of Steam to stream non-Steam games to SHIELD.
NVIDIA SHIELD Console Mode
Game on Your Big Screen
Console Mode transforms your portable SHIELD into a full living room gaming and entertainment experience on your big-screen TV. Play Android games, browse the web and watch your favorite movies. Console Mode has been optimized to work and play with Nyko’s PlayPad Pro wireless Bluetooth controller.
Android games, applications, the menu, and web browsing play back at native 1080p at up to 60 frames per second. However, some Android games are not optimized for 1080p @ 60fps playback.
GAMESTREAM functionality in Console Mode currently plays back at 720p @ 60fps; however, we will enable 1080p @ 60fps in a future system update.
System Requirements For Console Mode
The detailed requirements are:
- Cable: Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.
- Controller: Bluetooth wireless controller. NVIDIA recommends the Nyko PlayPad Pro. Please note, a Nyko PlayPad Pro Firmware Update may be required for compatibility with SHIELD Console Mode. Please contact Nyko customer support if you need assistance in updating your firmware.
- HDTV: An HDTV with HDMI support.
System Requirements For 1080p, 60 FPS PC GameStream Streaming In Console Mode
- GPU: GeForce GTX 660 or higher desktop GPU (Notebook GPUs are not supported at this time)
- CPU: Intel Core i5 or higher, or AMD FX 6-Core or higher
- RAM: 4GB or more
- Operating System: Windows 7 or Windows 8
- Steam: December 2nd, 2013 Client, or newer
- Driver: GeForce 331.82 WHQL, or newer
- GeForce Experience: Version 1.8, or newer
- Micro USB Ethernet Adapter: Connect a wired Ethernet cable from your router to your SHIELD.
NOTE: There are many micro USB Ethernet Adapters available in the marketplace. The adapter must be a male micro USB connector to a female Ethernet connector. See below for an image of a generic adapter.
An example of a male micro USB connector to a female Ethernet adapter.
If available, use Gaming mode on your HDTV to reduce input latency.
Configuring Console Mode
Configuring SHIELD for Console Mode is actually simple. You will first want to configure the Nyko PlayPad Pro before connecting SHIELD to your TV.
Connect the Nyko PlayPad Pro
The PlayPad Pro is a full sized wireless Bluetooth controller designed to work with SHIELD. In fact, it was designed in conjunction with NVIDIA and is compatible with numerous high-end mobile games optimized for Tegra-powered devices. It features dual analog sticks, d-pad, 4 face buttons, and left/right dual shoulder/trigger buttons.
Depending on when your PlayPad Pro was manufactured, your controller may require a firmware update. In some cases, the firmware update process may require the use of an Android 4.1 (or lower) device – the process does not work with newer versions of Android. With that device, download the Nyko Playground app from the Google Play Store, sync the controller to the device, open the app, go to “Advanced Settings,” and update your PlayPad Pro firmware.
Once this is complete, you can re-sync the PlayPad Pro to your SHIELD, and check for any new firmware updates with the latest Nyko PlayPad Firmware Updater app. If you are having technical issues using Nyko PlayPad Pro with SHIELD, please contact Nyko directly. They will assist you in updating or replacing the controller. For more details, refer to Nyko's Customer Support Page.
The Nyko PlayPad Pro will automatically work with SHIELD once it is connected via Bluetooth.
1) Turn on the Nyko controller by long-holding the Home button on the Nyko PlayPad Pro for 5-10 seconds until the red light on top of the controller is flashing.
2) Make sure that the switch on the back of the Nyko PlayPad Pro is moved to the far left to controller mode.
3) Open the SHIELD Bluetooth settings and click Search for Devices to add the Nyko PlayPad Pro controller to pair it with SHIELD.
The Nyko PlayPad Pro will show as connected and will be ready to use when the Bluetooth symbol in the top-right of the screen turns blue (as shown in the picture above).
Additional Supported ControllersWe have tested the following controllers and they are compatible with SHIELD in Console Mode:
- MOGA Pro - NOTE: Controller does not have an integrated Android Home button
- XBOX 360 Wired Controller - NOTE: Must connect wired USB controller to a separate micro USB to USB OTG Adapter
Connect SHIELD to the TV
Do this by connecting SHIELD to the TV using a Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.
Use a Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable to connect SHIELD to the HDMI connector on your TV.
Configuring Console Mode For 1080p 60 FPS PC Gaming
Follow the steps above to connect your Bluetooth controller and TV to SHIELD. If you are not configuring 1080p, 60 FPS mode, skip to the "Launch Console Mode" section below.
- Connect your wired Ethernet cable to your router.
- Connect the Ethernet cable to the Micro USB Ethernet adapter.
- Connect the Micro USB Ethernet adapter to your SHIELD.
Note: Wi-Fi on SHIELD will automatically be disabled when the Micro USB Ethernet adapter is working correctly.
Launch Console Mode
Console Mode can be launched using the application icon or by inserting a Mini-HDMI cable into SHIELD. On the HDTV, the Console Mode prompt will pop up regardless if the lid is open or closed. If the lid is closed and SHIELD is in sleep mode, inserting the Mini-HDMI cable will wake it from sleep. If you remove the Mini-HDMI cable from SHIELD, you will get prompted to exit Console Mode.
NOTE: Every time you enter or exit Console Mode, it resets SHIELD.
One of the ways to launch Console Mode is through the icon located in the Apps Drawer of SHIELD.
This is the dialog shown if Console Mode is launched before SHIELD is connected to the TV.
Once SHIELD is connected, you will be asked to enter Console Mode.
The Console Mode icon will be displayed in the upper-left of the TV. From here, you can do practically anything that you would normally do with SHIELD.
With the inclusion of Tegra 4, NVIDIA SHIELD is capable of playing almost all Android games, in addition to future titles that specifically leverage Tegra 4's pixel-pushing power. And thanks to the unified Android operating system, any games purchased previously for phones or tablets can be downloaded and played on SHIELD in minutes. Many of those titles use unconventional control schemes, so under SHIELD's hood there are accelerometers and gyros for motion-based games, and a high-precision touchscreen to ensure touch titles like Rayman Jungle Run play perfectly.
To get you started, even if you haven't purchased games on other devices in the past, SHIELD comes pre-loaded with two SHIELD-optimized games: Sonic 4 Episode II THD, and Expendable: Rearmed. Each is configured for the console-grade controller, and each features enhanced graphics not seen in other versions of the game.
TegraZone, Tegra & SHIELD Optimized Games
Accessed by pressing the illuminated NVIDIA button, TegraZone provides a central location to find and play SHIELD-optimized Android and PC games.
"SHIELD Games" is a streamlined menu that enables easy access to all of the SHIELD-optimized games installed on SHIELD, and "SHIELD Store" provides a curated list of SHIELD-optimized games that are available on Google Play. Games listed here have great controller support and in many cases are optimized for SHIELD by utilizing the full graphical power of NVIDIA Tegra 4 with advanced lighting, increased texture sizes, and other high end graphical features.
A third menu enables instant access to the aforementioned PC Game Streaming feature.
As of today, there are over fifty SHIELD-optimized titles available for purchase on Google Play, each with full support for SHIELD's controller, and many with extra effects and detail courtesy of Tegra. There are also many other Android games available from Google Play that have controller support.
Additional SHIELD-optimized games are in the pipeline for 2013 and 2014, and as they are released details and links will be posted on the Tegrazone website. A complete list of the 100+ controller-enabled games ready for today's launch can be found here.
NVIDIA SHIELD Gamepad Mapper
NVIDIA SHIELD Gamepad Mapper - Play Touchscreen Games With SHIELD's Controller
The biggest question marks with any gaming device are always around the quantity and quality of the games. Google Play’s massive ecosystem of games meant SHIELD had a leg up on traditional consoles. And while almost every touch-based game on Google Play was playable using SHIELD’s touchscreen, they weren’t able to take full advantage of SHIELD’s capabilities.
Gamepad Mapper addresses this issue by immediately expanding your library of Android games (over 500 games) by adding controller support to native touchscreen games. Gamepad Mapper includes auto mapping of the most popular Android games, giving gamers complete control of their favorite touch screen games, and the ability to share those custom gamepad mapping profiles with friends.
Play your favorite touchscreen game using SHIELD’s advanced physical controls. SHIELD officially supports hundreds of Android touch-screen games with Gamepad Mapper.
How Gamepad Mapper Works
Gamepad Mapper provides NVIDIA’s default profiles for hundreds of top Android games, making everything from “NBA Jam” to “Angry Birds” playable on SHIELD’s console-grade controller. Default profiles are automatically downloaded from the cloud for supported games so you can just launch your game and play.
When a supported game is launched, a message is displayed stating that Gamepad Mapper is activated.
Using Gamepad Mapper Gizmos
Gamepad Mapper is highly customizable, allowing gamers to create their own custom controls using the build-in tools or “gizmos”.
To access the Gamepad Mapper overlay, long press the Start button while inside the game. It is best to do this while inside the game itself with the onscreen touch controls showing; this makes it easier to align the Gamepad Mapper gizmos over the top of the touch controls.
Gamepad Mapper Gizmos
Intuitive editing tool allows for easy personalization and sharing of control mapping. A number of gizmos are included that allow for customization of game controls.
Motion Sensor Gizmo
Gamepad Mapper includes a gizmo that can map the motion sensor gyro inside of SHIELD to the right or left analog thumbstick for better accuracy in native motion-based controls.
Tap and hold the sensor gizmo and move it anywhere on the screen.
The motion sensor gizmo can be found on the far left of the toolbar as a sphere with arrows around it.
Move the desired thumbstick left and right to assign it to the gizmo. Once mapped, the placed gizmo will contain the letter corresponding to the selected thumbstick.
The right thumbstick is now selected to control the rotation sensor.
The left thumbstick is now selected to control the rotation sensor.
Analog Joystick Gizmos
Use the Gamepad Mapper software to map the left and right joysticks to the touch joysticks on the screen of the game. Do this by touching either of the joysticks, and then dragging them down so they are placed directly on top of the game’s touch joystick. Map the LS joystick over the joystick in the bottom-left of the game, and the RS joystick over the touch joystick in the bottom-right of the game.
Once the LS or RS joysticks have been dragged or placed, use the Y and A buttons to change the hot region size. Making LS and RS joysticks larger will make the movement on the screen larger. Long press it and select Move from the popup menu to adjust placement.
In FIFA 14, the onscreen touch displays consist of a touch joystick and four buttons.
Hold the Start button on SHIELD to bring up the Gamepad Mapper screen, and then touch the LS joystick and drag it over the region where the touch joystick for the game resides.
Once placed, use the A and Y keys to resize the LS joystick to make it larger.
FPS Look Around Mode
The analog joystick gizmo includes expanded functionality for first-person perspective games. For native touch based games, in order to “look around,” a use must swipe the screen in the direction they want to view. The “FPS look around” mode addresses this issue. To enable, long hold a mapped thumbstick to open the sub features available.
Use FPS look around mode for first-person perspective games.
Use the Gamepad Mapper software to map the SHIELD buttons to the screen regions of the game that you would press to control the game. Do this by touching the Gamepad Mapper button, and then dragging it down on the screen to cover the region of the game where you would typically touch it for control.
Once the button has been placed, simply press the button on the controller that you would like mapped. Long press the button and select Move from the popup menu to adjust placement of the button.
Select the button on the Gamepad Mapper toolbar with your finger, and then drag it on the screen to the desired location.
Once placed, use hit a button on the SHIELD controller that you would like to be assigned to this button placement.
Do this for all of the button locations in the game.
The cursor gizmo allows you to select an object inside a game. This is good for games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush. The cursor is actually tied to both a joystick and a button. To use this, drag and place the cursor *anywhere* on the screen, and then shake one of the LS or RS joysticks to be used as movement, and then press the key to be used as the cursor click.
Place the cursor anywhere on the screen inside the game.
Move the joystick that you would like to control the movement of the cursor on the screen. It will then be linked to the cursor that you just created.
Press a button on the SHIELD unit that you would like linked to the cursor; this will be the cursor click.
Once configured, it can be used to select an object in the game such as the slingshot in Angry Birds. You can then move the joystick back to set the trajectory of the bird, and release the button to let it fly.
Gamepad mapper features an alternative mode for the cursor gizmo. The “Accelerated cursor” will return where you last used it, instead of returning to the position of the placed gizmo on the Gamepad Mapper overlay. To enable, long hold a mapped cursor gizmo to open the sub menu, and select “Accelerated cursor.”
The Accelerated cursor will remain at the position where it was last used.
The cursor gizmo will default to “Absolute cursor” mode which will return to its original position.
Gamepad Mapper also includes the ability to map gestures on the screen. This is for simple swiping functionality, or for engaging a boost in a racing game, or for zooming in and out of a screen. To use the gesture tool, simply select the tool and then drag your finger across the screen in the direction needed for the game. Using a pinch technique with two fingers can also be used for zooming in and out on a game.
The ability to quickly zoom in and out in Angry Birds can be easily mapped to buttons or triggers using the gesture tool as shown above.
The eraser tool allows you to quickly remove a tool that is placed on the screen. Simply select the tool first, and then touch the eraser tool.
Touch and select the tool that you would like deleted. The button/joystick/trigger associated to it will be highlighted in green. Then click the eraser tool to remove it.
Download NVIDIA Profile From Server
If you need to download the previously uploaded profile from the server, simply click the Pull from Server button.
You will then be prompted to download a profile.
Click “Download” to download and import the profile.
You will be notified if the profile has been imported successfully.
Once placed, tools can be easily moved to better align with the touch areas.
Long touch any of the tools that have been placed on the screen to bring up the Move menu. Select Move and the tool can be moved on the screen.
Gamepad Mapper Menu
The Gamepad Mapper menu can be accessed by touching the three dots in the upper-right of the toolbar.
From here, you can choose to share your custom-created profiles, clear the profiles that you’ve created altogether (or those downloaded from the server), create/remove a new page, set the default page of your mappings, and learn more about the mapping that is currently in use.
Creating pages allows you to make mappings for menu screens and other game screens that are different from the default screen.
Custom mappings auto save as they are being created. If at some point you would like to remove all off the mappings for a game, select Clear from the menu. Use the Eraser for clearing individual mappings.
You can only map one button to one page. If you need to use the same button again (such as the “Y” button), you will need to create a new page.
Sharing Mapper Profiles
Use the Share function in the Gamepad Mapper Menu to share custom-created profiles to the server or with your friends.
Custom mappings can also be shared to Google Drive.
Custom mappings can also be shared to Google Drive.
If Gmail is selected, an email will be created with the custom mapping included as an attachment.
When a mapper file is received via Gmail, the user selects the attachment and imports it. The import saves automatically on SHIELD and the imported profile will sync up with the game and just work.
Send To NVIDIA
Gamepad mapper profiles can be shared with the community at large. To share your profile, select “Send to NVIDIA” from the menu.
Enter your user name or handle and provide comments (if any). Press “OK” to send your custom profile to NVIDIA. Your user name will automatically be saved for the next time you decide to provide another profile to NVIDIA.
Downloading Community Mappings
You can also download profiles submitted by the community. To access this feature, open the menu and select “Download community mappings.”
Select one of the community mapped profiles.
Select “Download” to download and import the selected profile.
You will be notified if the profile has been imported successfully.
Community mapping profiles can be rated. To rate a profile, make sure that it has been successfully imported, open the menu, and select “Rate mapping.”
You will then be prompted to give the mapping a 1-5 star rating and add any additional notes.
Tap “Submit” when complete.
Exiting Gamepad Mapper
Use the Back button to exit Gamepad Mapper mode.
Streaming SHIELD Content To TVs
Anything played or displayed on SHIELD can be mirrored on a TV via HDMI-out (up to 4k - Ultra HD), or wirelessly via Miracast, turning SHIELD into a fully-functional big-screen entertainment center.
Stream Video, Games & Apps With Miracast
Miracast technology provides peer-to-peer, direct wireless connectivity between SHIELD and Smart TVs with Miracast technology built into them. Separate Miracast receivers are available for TVs that do not contain this support. Miracast certified devices connect with each other directly, without the mediation of a wireless access point, by leveraging the functionality introduced by Wi-Fi Direct.
When connecting, SHIELD assumes the role of the source (transmitting device) and the TV becomes a sink that receives the video and application content. The NVIDIA Miracast architecture draws on the company's experience in 3D graphics and video processing, and is comprised of two major components – the multimedia (video/audio) processing block and the industry compliant wireless display networking stack. The multimedia processing block takes advantage of the Tegra 4 multi-core graphics engine and dedicated hardware video/audio codecs to accelerate the decoding of video content, render graphics surfaces, and perform the final compositing operations before encoding into a H.264 bit stream to be wirelessly transmitted.
SHIELD To TV Configuration
To configure and enable Miracast, follow the steps below. Please note, Miracast currently supports 720p at 60Hz and 1080p at 30Hz.
1. Launch Miracast on your TV or Miracast-enabled device.
Follow the instructions for setting up the Miracast device to your TV.
2. Access the Miracast app on SHIELD.
The Micracast settings can be accessed two ways: via the Settings section or by holding the SHIELD button down and selecting Miracast wireless display.
3. The Miracast TV or device will display a pin number when the connection is successful.
The Miracast device will display a pin.
4. Enter the pin number in the SHIELD app.
Enter the Miracast pin into the invitation to connect screen.
5. When the pin is accepted the process will complete and Miracast streaming will begin.
The TV will show the connection process completing once the pin is accepted.
6. When you want to end Miracast streaming, press the SHIELD button and select "Stop streaming".
To stop Miracast streaming, simply select it either through the Settings menu or by hitting the NVIDIA SHIELD button.
Conclusion: SHIELD, The Ultimate Gaming & Entertainment Portable
The seven pages prior have hopefully shown that NVIDIA SHIELD is the ultimate gaming and entertainment portable. Its screen is larger than those found on most phones, it plays every Google Play game with ease, SHIELD optimized games are bigger, better and more detailed, audio is significantly clearer and richer than on any other portable, and the at-home features like PC Game Streaming open up entirely new possibilities for PC and handheld gaming.
In the future, SHIELD will only get better as new features are uploaded direct to the device, as more developers optimize their games for SHIELD and its controller, and as more SHIELD-specific apps that leverage its unique feature set are developed.
SHIELD is shipping now and can be snapped-up from these e-tailers and retailers. A list of stores with demo locations can also be found at the same link.