NVIDIA SHIELD Portable User Guide: Get The Most From The Ultimate Gaming & Entertainment Portable


Get The Most From The Ultimate Gaming & Entertainment Portable


Meet NVIDIA SHIELD portable—the ultimate gaming and entertainment portable. Unleash your favorite Android and PC games, movies, music, and more. Take on the latest console-quality Android games with stunning HD 720p graphics, booming stereo sound, and the precise, familiar performance of a console-grade game controller. Stream your PC games over Wi-Fi or Ethernet to play around the house, on your big screen HDTV, or even outside your home. Get lost in the hottest movies, music, or e-books with a stunning 5” retinal-quality multi-touch display and custom tuned bass reflex audio. And enjoy the latest Android KitKat OS—with instant access to thousands of great games and apps. All powered by the incredibly fast NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, and ready to go whenever you are.

SHIELD portable has been created with the philosophy that gaming should be both open and flexible. As an Android gaming device, it provides access to Android games via Google Play, with SHIELD- and Tegra-optimized titles found via SHIELD Hub application. And as a wireless receiver and controller, it can stream games from any Kepler or Maxwell-based PC powered by a GTX 650 or higher GPU, accessing great titles from your STEAM, Origin, and Uplay libraries.

The Games You Love, The Way You Want

The Games You Love, the Way You Want

Entertainment on the Go

The game controller is only the beginning. SHIELD portable puts a complete multimedia theater in your hands. Get lost in the latest music, movie, or e-book with a five-inch retinal-quality display and stunning tuned port sound. Watch Hulu. Surf the web. Check email. Even update your Facebook status. SHIELD portable makes it easy to stay connected, even when you’re not.

Pure Android

SHIELD portable comes with the latest Android KitKat operating system—and instant access to thousands of great games and apps.

Whether you’re into gaming, tweeting, or customizing your own experience, the SHIELD portable lets you do the things you want, and even some things you never thought possible.

In this guide we'll show the features and capabilities of SHIELD portable, how to set SHIELD portable 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 July 29th, 2014.

SHIELD Portable Features, In-Depth


NVIDIA SHIELD portable sports a NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor 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 portable is 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. Tegra 4 is up to 45% lower power than Tegra 3 in common use cases.

Tegra 4 Chipshot
SHIELD portbale is built on Tegra 4, providing unmatched Android gaming performance and graphics quality.

Tegra 4 Gaming Innovations

The Tegra 4 SoC is a huge improvement over other solutions in terms of performance and gaming technology capabilities. With Tegra 4 on NVIDIA SHIELD portable, you can now experience high end graphical features native in Android games like advanced real time lighting effects, depth of field, soft shadows, high res textures, real time smoke and particle simulation, higher polygon counts and much more. This allows developers to truly create freely for Android gamers.

Dead on Arrival 2 Comparison
The image on the right shows Dead on Arrival 2 with advanced HDR lighting, depth of field, real time smoke simulation, high res textures, and higher resolutions on Tegra 4 compared to the limited scene of the average device on the left.

RU Gold THD Comparison
The right image shows Tegra 4 powered RU Gold THD with high resolution textures, advanced lighting, more objects, and higher detail while as on the left, we see a basic scene with lower quality designed for the average device.

Pure Android - The Latest Android OS

With SHIELD portable, 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 portable gives you all the options found on other unlocked Android devices.

100% Android Operating System
The latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system from Google provides instant access to thousands of Android applications and games.

With SHIELD portable updated to Android 4.4.2, users get a range of new features, such as restricted profiles, expandable and actionable notifications, Google Now™ 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 portable 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

SHIELD portable 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.

NVIDIA SHIELD gaming-grade triggers and bumpers
The triggers and bumpers are console grade

NVIDIA SHIELD console-grade controller
SHIELD portable allows mobile games to be played with the precision, control, and familiarity of an integrated, full-size game controller.

Multi-Touch Display

Brilliant gameplay and video experience are provided by SHIELD portable's integrated 5-inch, 1280x720 HD retinal multi-touch display, with 294 dpi. The responsiveness of the multi-touch display provides an accurate and smooth touch input experience.

NVIDIA SHIELD HD retinal multi-touch display
Most touch screen tasks can also be accomplished using the SHIELD portable's virtual mouse.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

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 portable provides full support for 802.11a/b/g/n and all standard 802.11 protocols (WEP, WPA, WPA2, PSK, 802.1x EAP).

High Fidelity, Powerful Speakers

SHIELD portable 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 portable 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 portable.

SHIELD portable 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 portable 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.

NVIDIA SHIELD bass reflex speakers
The custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system delivers fidelity and range never before experienced on a handheld device of its class.


The battery in SHIELD portable is comprised of 3 cells with a combined rating of 28.8-watt-hours.

SHIELD portable 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 portable 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 are available.



NVIDIA SHIELD Input-Output ports
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.

Bluetooth Support

SHIELD portable fully supports streaming audio over A2DP to Bluetooth headsets, headphones, and other audio devices. Users can also establish a Bluetooth connection with other SHIELD portable users and play multi-player games like Virtua Tennis.

USB Support

SHIELD portable 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 portable doesn't have an Ethernet port, it is possible to use a third party micro-USB to Ethernet adapter to connect SHIELD portable to the Internet without the use of Wi-Fi.

MicroSD Slot

You can add more storage to SHIELD portable via the microSD expansion slot (Secure Digital Extended Capacity – SDXC) on the back of the device.

KitKat significantly changes the way applications are allowed to use SD cards.  If you use an SD card to store data, please click here before installing this update.

Preparing The SD Card

  • 32GB (or less) microSD cards - SHIELD portable 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 portable, 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

NVIDIA SHIELD SD Card File Mover #1

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.

NVIDIA SHIELD SD Card File Mover #2
Select OK to move the data.

NVIDIA SHIELD SD Card File Mover #3
It may take a few minutes for the copy to complete.

NVIDIA SHIELD SD Card File Mover #4
The amount of space freed up on SHIELD portable will be updated once the game or application is moved to SD card.

HDMI & Miracast Support

SHIELD portable 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.

SHIELD Portable Specifications


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

Tag color



802.11n 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0


mini-HDMI output
micro-USB 2.0
microSD storage slot
3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support

Motion Sensors

3-axis gyro
3-axis accelerometer

Input controls

Dual analog joysticks
Left/right analog triggers
Left/right bumpers
A/B/X/Y buttons
Volume control
Android™ Home and Back buttons
Start button
NVIDIA power/multi-function button


28.8 watt hours

Weight & Size

579 grams
158 mm (W) x 135 mm (D) x 57 mm (H)

Operating System

Android KitKat 4.4.2 OS

Pre-Loaded Software

SHIELD portable comes preloaded with Google Play and other stock Google apps (Gmail, Youtube, Maps, etc.), and SHIELD Hub, which allows quick access to your Android games, Media apps, and PC games. SHIELD portable also features two full SHIELD-optimized games: Sonic 4 Episode II THD and Expendable: Rearmed.

As a full Android device, SHIELD portable gives gamers access to the hundreds of thousands of popular apps, games, music, movies, and books on Google Play.

Android Status Bar Auto-Hide

SHIELD portable 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.

NVIDIA SHIELD Android Status Bar Auto Hide #1

Within the Display menu, check the checkbox next to “Full screen mode”.

NVIDIA SHIELD Android Status Bar Auto Hide #2

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.

SHIELD Wireless Controller

Designed For Gamers

NVIDIA SHIELD Wireless Controller

Today’s Bluetooth-based game controllers do not offer the precision build quality, low latency responsiveness, and feature set demanded by avid gamers. Therefore, in order to deliver amazing, next-generation gaming experiences, it was essential to design both the SHIELD gaming device and a custom, console-grade, responsive wireless game controller. Built specifically for SHIELD gaming, SHIELD wireless controller is the first-ever precision controller designed with controls for both Android gaming and PC game streaming. It is the first android game controller that includes console-grade buttons, triggers, and thumbsticks, a Wi-Fi Direct based communication technology for ultra-low latency gaming, a stereo headset jack, and a microphone for in-game chat, game broadcasting, and voice search capabilities. Finally, SHIELD wireless controller was designed from the ground up to work seamlessly with SHIELD tablet and SHIELD portable - from wireless performance tuning to having an integrated user experience for connecting and battery-level feedback. It’s the most advanced game controller ever built for the ultimate mobile gaming experience.

SHIELD Portable & SHIELD Wireless Controller, perfect for Half-Life 2

Ultra-low Latency Responsiveness

The SHIELD wireless controller uses a custom Wi-Fi Direct solution that offers incredibly low latency and superior performance compared to standard Bluetooth controllers.

Bluetooth Versus Wi-Fi Direct

Bluetooth as a standard is great for certain use cases, but for a multi-function, high-precision gaming controller, Wi-Fi Direct has some important advantages over Bluetooth:

  1. Wi-Fi Direct is higher bandwidth than Bluetooth. Wi-Fi direct data rate is 24 Mbps as compared to 3 Mbps for Bluetooth. The higher bandwidth results in not only higher performance but also allows Wi-Fi Direct to perform better when both HID data as well as audio is being transmitted through a controller. A user can overload 3 mbps Bluetooth link quite easily once audio streams and/or multiple controllers are operating on the link. Also, it should be noted that since Wi-Fi Direct bandwidth is so high, it can support uncompressed audio whereas Bluetooth would need to deal with audio compression which adds both latency and noise to a user’s audio stream.
  2. NVIDIA’s Wi-Fi Direct implementation handles co-existence of network and controller traffic better than Bluetooth in two ways. First - because Wi-Fi Direct is Wi-Fi based, it can see what is happening on a wireless channel. If a channel is congested, it can arbitrate at the packet level. Bluetooth in contrast, can’t see what’s on the wireless channel and so it can’t perform packet level arbitration. Instead it needs to frequency hop all the time which adds latency to customer user experience. Second, NVIDIA supports both a 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio in SHIELD wireless controller so the controller can have access to 5 GHz channels if they provide for a better experience whereas Bluetooth is always operating at 2.4 GHz which tends to be a more congested.

Console-Grade Controls

The SHIELD wireless controller was designed to give the gamer great functionality and precise control to dominate their favorite games on SHIELD portable. The buttons, triggers and thumbsticks are made with high quality console-grade materials and designed for the serious gamer.

SHIELD wireless controller exploded view

The SHIELD wireless controller has dual click-able analog sticks, a D-Pad, 4 main buttons (X,Y,A,B), two bumper buttons, and two triggers. This tried and true layout is very similar to the original SHIELD portal layout. To allow for a great PC streaming as well as Android experience, the SHIELD wireless controller also has dedicated home, back and start buttons. It also has a volume rocker built in to the device to allow easy volume control of your SHIELD products from your controller.

NVIDIA SHIELD Wireless Controller

We recommend using RS Mouse navigation (using Right Stick (thumbstick)) for mouse cursor movement for all cases where RS Mouse is available. However, in GameStream, GRID, and some Android games, RS Mouse is not available since the right thumbstick is dedicated to movement in the game. It was for these cases that we designed the touch pad. In these moments, the dedicated touch pad is a life saver.

Integrated Audio and Voice

The SHIELD wireless controller is the first android game controller that includes a 3.5mm audio jack that support stereo headsets with microphone. In addition the controller has a built-in microphone for convenient voice enabled search functionality when SHIELD portable is a few feet away connected to a TV. It’s also great for wireless voice search using Google Now on Android. This powerful feature lets you launch apps, search the Web, set reminders, and much more using the built in microphone on SHIELD wireless controller.

SHIELD portable and SHIELD wireless controller use Wi-Fi Direct protocol to communicate audio data at quality levels that are comparable to latest generation of console controllers. SHIELD wireless controller delivers 32 KHz upstream and 16 KHz downstream (16-bit audio).

SHIELD Tablet - SHIELD wireless controller top view

Using Voice Search and Commands

The SHIELD wireless controller is the industry’s first game controller that supports voice search through Google Now. You can use the integrated microphone to search without typing, ask questions and get answers, open apps, and play songs and movies. For example, you can open the SHIELD Hub by saying "Open SHIELD." To start a Google search, initiate voice commands and ask your question. Examples:

  • To open a game or app, say "Open" and the name of the game or app.
  • To listen to music, say "Listen to" and the name of the song.
  • To watch a movie, say "Watch" and the name of the movie.
  • To make a call, say "Call" and the name of the contact.

Dedicated Buttons for Android and PC Gaming

The SHIELD wireless controller was designed to control both Android games and PC games for GameStream and GRID:

  • NVIDIA Button – The triangular green NVIDIA button is used to power on/off the controller (tap to turn on and hold for 6s to turn off), pair the controller (hold for 3s) and also launch the SHIELD Hub (tap when controller is on).
  • Home Button – The home button serves as the standard Android Home button. Touching this button will take the SHIELD portable to the Android home screen. A quick double tap of this button launches the running apps list for quick task switching and a long press of the Home button launches the Google Now service directly into voice search mode.
  • Back Button – The Back button when tapped serves as the Standard Android back button for the SHIELD portable.
  • Start Button – The Start button provides standard functionality that is mapped to this button in most console and PC games. Holding the Start button accesses controls for GAMESTREAM, GRID, and Gamepad Mapper.
  • Clickable Touch Pad - The built-in, clickable touch pad serves as a mouse pointer and mouse right-click button and provides invaluable functionality for many situations. The clickable touch pad is very useful during Gamestream sessions when the RS Mouse is not available. In these cases, it can be used to quickly navigate server menus, launch unsupported games, and navigate options menus to set up in-game controller support.
  • Volume Control - To reduce volume, press –. To increase volume, press +. To mute or unmute, press + and - together. NOTE: When your SHIELD device is connected to a TV, the controller's volume buttons can mute and unmute the sound but do not affect the TV volume level. Use your TV remote to control the TV volume level.

Long Lasting Rechargeable Battery

SHIELD wireless controller has a large built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery for hours for immersive gaming. With up to 40 hours of gameplay on a single charge, you can use the SHIELD wireless controller for many play sessions without having to charge it back up. A single hour of charge provides up to 8 hours of gameplay. The controller charges from empty to full in less than 5 hours.

When the battery reaches critically low levels, the NVIDIA button flashes three times and the controller turns off automatically. If your controller is connected to a SHIELD device, a low battery warning is shown before the battery reaches a critically low level.

NOTE: Battery life will decrease when using a plugged in headset.

Integrated Console Experience

In addition to having the ability to change SHIELD volume, NVIDIA has integrated compelling functionality into its SHIELD products to allow users to have a delightful controller experience.

For example, NVIDIA has built a pairing app on its SHIELD products that gives customers an easy to use customer interface to pair their controller.

NVIDIA also has added to its SHIELD products icons that show users if their controller is connected and notes the battery level of its controller. Users will also get a warning that tells them when their battery is running low so they don’t run out of battery during an important moment of game play.

NVIDIA GameStream

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 100 of the best PC games, including awesome games such as Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Titanfall.


SHIELD gives you the power to 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. Use the SHIELD wireless controller or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to play almost any game on a big screen TV with Console Mode.

  • Enjoy full optimization for game speed Wi-Fi with ultra-low latency, using any of our recommended routers.
  • Experience visual performance with 720p at up to 60 frames per second on SHIELD portable’s 5-inch HD multi-touch LCD display or crank it up to 11 with 1080p streaming to your HDTV.
  • Console Mode ready – experience your favorite PC games on the big screen with GAMESTREAM.

PC Games Supported by GAMESTREAM


Go to http://shield.nvidia.com/pc-game-list/ to find the latest list of games that provide the best experience for PC game streaming. New games are added frequently.

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.

Note: With the April 2014 Software Update, or newer installed, you can now use a GeForce powered notebook to GAMESTREAM your game library to your SHIELD portable. This feature is in BETA.

System Requirements for GAMESTREAM

The detailed requirements are:

  • GPU:

    • Desktop: GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPU
    • Notebook (BETA): GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M, and select (Kepler-based) GTX 600M GPUs

  • 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
  • Software:

  • Routers: 802.11a/g router (minimum). 802.11n dual band router (recommended). SHIELD portable should be connected at 5GHz to take advantage of full gaming optimizations in GAMESTREAM mode.

Recommended Routers


Please refer to http://SHIELD.nvidia.com/accessories-hardware/ for a list of recommended 5GHz dual-band routers for GAMESTREAM.



NVIDIA uses the H.264 encoder built into GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPUs and GeForce GTX Kepler and Maxwell notebooks, along with efficient wireless streaming software protocol integrated into GeForce Experience, to stream games from the PC to SHIELD portable over the user's home Wi-Fi network with ultra-low latency. Gamers then use SHIELD portable 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 portable
  • 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.

  • Enabling controller support in games
  • This avoids gamers having to manually configure controller support in the game – it 'just works' out of the box.

  • Optimizing the game launch process
  • This is important so that gamers can get into the game as quickly and seamlessly as possible, without hitting launchers or other 2 foot UI interactions that can be difficult to interface with a controller.

Steam Big Picture


Big Picture shows up as a selection in the list of SHIELD portable-optimized games. Launching it gives you access to your Steam games – both supported and unsupported – plus the Steam Store and all the Steam community features. Supported games are recommended for the best, optimized streaming experience – the latest list of supported games can be found on SHIELD.nvidia.com starting at launch.

Unsupported games may work if they have native controller support, but will not be optimized for streaming and may have other streaming compatibility issues.

How To Configure GAMESTREAM


Setting up your PC:

1. Connect both SHIELD portable 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 portable is connected to the router on the 5G channel.

2. Install GeForce driver 337.50 Beta or higher from http://www.geforce.com/drivers.

3. Launch GeForce Experience 2.0 or newer (included in the driver download).

GeForce Experience

4. Scan for games.

GeForce Experience Scan For Images

5. On the My Rig tab in GeForce Experience, confirm that your PC meets the hardware requirements for game streaming.

GeForce Experience My Rig Tab

6.Install your favorite SHIELD portable-compatible games and make sure you have the latest version of Steam installed to be able to play games through Steam Big Picture.

7. Log into Steam or Origin and make sure that the games you want to stream have been installed and previously launched once (with any patches/etc applied) from the PC.

8. Press the SHIELD button on your SHIELD portable to launch the SHIELD Hub app and select the “My PC Games” tab. Find the available PCs on the network from which to stream games to SHIELD portable.


9. Select your PC to pair with from the list of available PCs. A pin code will pop up on the SHIELD portable screen. This pin allows for a more secure and unique connection to the particular PC. This also allows you to connect to more than one PC from the same SHIELD portable.


10. A one-time pairing pop-up will appear on your PC. Enter the pin code from the SHIELD portable and click on the Connect button in the pop-up.

NVIDIA SHIELD Requesting To Connect

11. You will now see a list of supported PC games that are available to stream from your PC.

NVIDIA SHIELD Supported Games

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 portable.

NVIDIA SHIELD On-Screen Controls #1
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.

NVIDIA SHIELD On-Screen Controls #2
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.

NVIDIA SHIELD On-Screen Controls #3
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.

NVIDIA SHIELD On-Screen Controls #4
The Help button will display the touch interaction information that can be used to interact with PC games on the SHIELD portable screen. If you touch the right arrow you will see controller interaction information as well.

GameStream on-screen controls has received a new lick of paint in the latest SHIELD Software Upgrade, improving usability and adding helpful shortcuts to items such as Steam and the on-screen keyboard. To bring up the new and improved on-screen controls, simply long hold the Start button while playing a PC game in GameStream.

SHIELD Portable - New on-screen controls

GameStream itself sees improvements in the SHIELD Software Upgrade with a new round of performance and security enhancements. Specifically, for SHIELD portable owners who are streaming their PC games outside of the home with Remote GameStream, there is a required router settings change for manual port forwarding. Simply add 48010 as an additional port to the current list of TCP ports that are already manually forwarded.

Finally, if you're connected to Ethernet for 1080p, 60 FPS GameStream, an Ethernet indicator now displays in the Android notification bar in place of the Wi-Fi indicator.

SHIELD Portable - Ethernet indicator

Streaming Games That Are Not GAMESTREAM-Ready


NVIDIA officially supports GAMESTREAM for over 100 games, but GeForce Experience allows users to manually add and stream nearly any game. Manage your list of manually added games in GeForce Experience under the GAMESTREAM section of the “Preferences” tab in GeForce Experience.

1. Open GeForce Experience and navigate to the “Preferences” tab and select “GAMESTREAM” from the menu on the left. You will see the following menu that will allow you to add any application to the SHIELD GAMESTREAM section of the SHIELD Hub app on SHIELD portable.

2. Drag and drop a shortcut to your favorite game or click on the “+” sign to search your PC for the exe of the application you would like to add to the GAMESTREAM list on SHIELD portable.

3. You can then click the “pencil” icon to edit the name and box art of the applications in your list.

4. Once you have added applications into the list, they will appear on your SHIELD portable’s GAMESTREAM list and can be launched just like any other app. Note that NVIDIA does not configure optimal settings for manually added games, so you may need to adjust in-game settings manually for the best experience.

Tip: You can even use this feature to stream your entire PC desktop. To do so, add a shortcut to Windows’ Remote Desktop Connection app (c:\windows\system32\mstsc.exe) in GeForce Experience, then select the newly added Remote Desktop tile from SHIELD portable’s My PC Games tab. From here, you have access to your entire desktop.

Tips For Interacting With Unsupported Games


  • SHIELD portable 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.

  • SHIELD portable 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.

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.



Remote GAMESTREAM is a new feature that will allow you to stream games from your PC to your SHIELD portable outside of your local WiFi network. To set up remote GAMESTREAM with your PC and SHIELD portable follow the steps below.

1. Make sure your PC has Network discovery enabled. Go to Control Panel --> Network and Sharing Center --> Change advanced sharing settings --> select ‘Turn on network discovery’.

2. For routers that support UPNP Port Forwarding and have it enabled, GeForce Experience automatically opens the proper ports for remote connection – you can move to step 3. However, if your router does not support UPNP or does not allow automatic forwarding of all the below ports, you will need to manually forward the following ports from your router administration panel:

TCP: 35043, 47995, 47996, 47989, 47984, 48010
UDP: 7, 9, 47999, 47998, 47989, 48000

Below is an example from the Asus RT-AC66U router admin panel.

Note: To find more information on port forwarding for your specific router, you can visit a website like http://portforward.com/.

3. Pair your PC and SHIELD portable normally on a local Wi-Fi connection (or Ethernet) using the instructions in the GAMESTREAM section of this guide.

4. Take your SHIELD portable with you on the go and connect it to a robust Wi-Fi connection. When you open the “My PC Games” menu in the SHIELD Hub app, launch a game from the list of available games to initiate a connection to your remote PC. Your SHIELD portable will automatically look for your PC and connect using the current internet connection.



  • NVIDIA recommends internet bandwidth of 10Mbps from your PC down to SHIELD and 2Mbps from SHIELD up to your PC. Streaming experience may vary depending on the quality of your Internet. For the best experience, connect SHIELD portable to a 5Ghz router while streaming remotely.
  • Remote GAMESTREAM can be optimized by manually lowering your streaming bitrate for Wi-Fi. Doing this will reduce your image quality but will reduce latency. Adjust the bitrate manually to find the sweet spot for your configuration. You can do this by accessing the Advanced GAMESTREAM menu in the SHIELD Hub app. Please refer to the Advanced GAMESTREAM Features section of this guide for more information.
  • The following routers from our recommended router list will need manual port forwarding for Remote GAMESTREAM to function properly.
    • ASUS RT-AC66U -> ports 7 and 9
    • ASUS RT-AC68U -> ports 7 and 9
    • ASUS RT-N56U -> ports 7 and 9
    • ASUS RT-N66U -> ports 7 and 9
    • Netgear R6300 -> port 47989
    • Buffalo Airstation Extreme 1750 -> may need all ports forwarded manually
    • Buffalo Airstation Extreme 1200 -> may need all ports forwarded manually
    • D-Link DIR-5500 -> may need all ports forwarded manually

  • If you have problems connecting to your PC remotely, try manually forwarding all the following ports:
    • TCP: 35043, 47995, 47996, 47989, 47984, 48010
    • UDP: 7, 9, 47999, 47998, 47989, 48000

  • When you pair your SHIELD to your GeForce PC locally, GeForce Experience records your external IP address and use this to connect the SHIELD to the PC when you are remote. If your external IP address changes (i.e. due to dynamic IP address, etc), SHIELD won’t be able to find your PC. You will either need to re-pair locally, or manually enter the new IP address in order to reconnect remotely. Static IP addresses and dynamic DNS can help here.

Wake on LAN & Remote Log-In


Wake on LAN is a feature that will allow you to wake up your PC on your local network when you want to use GAMESTREAM on SHIELD portable. You no longer need to wake your PC and log-in manually to be able to stream your favorite games. To use Wake on LAN and Remote Log-In:

1. Hit the SHIELD button to open the SHIELD Hub app and navigate to the “My PC Games” tab to view the games installed on your paired PCs.

2. When you select a game that you want to launch and start streaming, you will be notified that your PC is asleep and will be woken up.

3. Click “Continue” to wake the PC and launch the game. If your PC has a Windows password, you will be taken to the login screen where you can enter your password remotely. Use the two finger menu to bring up the virtual keyboard to enter your password.

4. One you have entered your password, your PC will launch the selected application and begin streaming.

There are several important setup requirements for Wake on LAN:

1. Your motherboard and router must both support Wake on LAN. Depending on the motherboard, you may need to enable Wake on LAN in your motherboard SBIOS or the Device Manager settings for your Ethernet Adapter.

  • Depending on your PC and OS, you may need to make sure your PC only wakes up from magic packets, otherwise your PC make wake up inadvertently.
  • Go to Device Manager --> Network adapters --> [Your Ethernet adapter, e.g. Intel] --> Power Management, and check the options ‘Allow this device to wake the computer’ and ‘Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer’.

2. Your PC must be connected to your router via Ethernet.

3. Your PC must be powered on and in sleep or hibernate mode. Wake on LAN is not supported for PCs that are shut down.

4.To wake up your PC while outside your Local Area Network, you may need to manually open ports depending on your router. See the Remote GAMESTREAM section for more details.

Advanced GAMESTREAM Features


In the SHIELD Hub app, under “Settings”, you can access some of the advanced features available to fine tune your GAMESTREAM experience. To access these features, make sure you already have a PC paired. In the advanced settings menu, you can manually adjust streaming bit rates, frame rates and elect to not apply Optimal Settings for each game in your streaming list. This provides more control to the user to fine tune your streaming experience.

1.Open the SHIELD Hub app and navigate to the settings menus in the lower left hand corner.

2. Once in the settings menu, you can access the GAMESTREAM PCs menu.

3. Here you can see all of the different PCs you have paired to your SHIELD portable and their current status. In the upper right corner you can access the “Advanced” menu.

4. In the “Advanced” menu you can select “Streaming Quality” to manually change the bitrate at which you stream is delivered both from a Wi-Fi connection and from a wired Ethernet connection. You can also change the target frame rate that the SHIELD portable will deliver. This provides a lot of flexibility to the power user in how they stream.

5. Also in the ‘Advanced” menu in the Optimized Game Settings menu where you can manually disable OPS (Optimal Playability Settings) for a particular game. This allows the user to disable the automatic settings we apply to allow you tailor specific in game settings for each game. You can also globally disable or enable OPS for a particular PC that you have paired to your SHIELD portable.

6. The GAMESTREAM menu also allows you to manually add a PC using the specific IP address of that particular PC. This can be an address on your local network (LAN) or an external IP (WAN) address. On the GAMESTREAM PCs menu you can click the “+” button to manually add a PC. Enter the IP address to search that address for a GeForce PC. This will then add this PC to your GAMESTREAM PCs menu.

Tips and Tricks


  • We recommend launching your games at least once on the PC before launching through SHIELD portable to install all of the prerequisites (VC Redists, DirectX, etc) and set up all DRM features (Games For Windows Live, SocialClub, etc).
  • If you do not see your PC on the server list on your SHIELD portable, or cannot connect to your PC from SHIELD portable:
    • Verify that both SHIELD portable 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
    • Try manually adding your PC via IP address (refer to Advanced Settings)

  • If you do not see a pairing request pop-up:
    • In GeForce Experience, press the Forget all devices button in the Preferences --> GAMESTREAM tab
  • If any of the above steps do not work, trying rebooting the SHIELD portable and the PC, or notebook.

GAMESTREAM for GeForce Notebooks Beta


NVIDIA GAMESTREAM, now on notebooks.

NVIDIA GAMESTREAM technology works exactly like desktop GAMESTREAM, and is compatible with GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M, and select GTX 600M GPUs installed in some of today’s best gaming notebooks.

The full list of supported GTX GPUs for notebook is: 880M, 870M, 860M, 850M, 780M, 770M, 765M, 680M, 675MX, 670MX, and 660M.

To try out this new feature, please make sure you have the 337.50 beta driver, or newer, and GeForce Experience 2.0 or newer on your notebook.

SHIELD Portable Console Mode

Game on Your Big Screen

Console Mode transforms your SHIELD portable 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. Also, PC games can be streamed in Console Mode with GAMESTREAM.

Console Mode has been optimized to work and play with the SHIELD wireless controller.

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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.

NVIDIA GAMESTREAM now enables you to experience your favorite PC games at up to 1080p, 60 frames per second in Console Mode.

System Requirements For Console Mode

The detailed requirements are:

  • Cable: Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.
  • Controller: SHIELD wireless controller or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard.
  • HDTV: An HDTV with HDMI support.
    NOTE: Please use the Gaming or Sports mode for the HDTV if it supports it to reduce input latency.

Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse Support

There are many Bluetooth keyboards and mice that are available in the marketplace. SHIELD portable is an Android powered device and pairs natively with peripherals that are Bluetooth enabled without a required USB dongle.

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Use the Bluetooth connection settings to connect keyboards and mice.

Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse

We have tested the following Bluetooth keyboards and mice and they are compatible with SHIELD portable.

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Logitech K810

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Microsoft Wedge
Mobile Keyboard

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Motorola Wireless Keyboard

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Logitech Tablet Keyboard

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Anker Ultra Slim Mini
Bluetooth Keyboard

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Razer Orochi Mobile
PC Gaming Mouse

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Gigabyte GM-M7700B

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Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse

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HP X4000b Bluetooth Mouse

Lap Desks

A lap desk can be used to make gaming in front of a big screen TV easier when using a keyboard and mouse. Below are a few recommended solutions.

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LapWorks Original Laptop Desk

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Configuring Console Mode

Configuring SHIELD for Console Mode is actually simple. Use the following instructions once you have connected your SHIELD wireless controller or Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Connect SHIELD portable to the TV

Do this by connecting SHIELD portable to the TV using a Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.

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Use a Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable to connect SHIELD portable to the HDMI connector on your TV.

Launch Console Mode

Console Mode can be launched using the application icon or by inserting a Mini-HDMI cable into SHIELD portable. 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 portable is in sleep mode, inserting the Mini-HDMI cable will wake it from sleep. If you remove the Mini-HDMI cable from SHIELD portable, you will get prompted to exit Console Mode.

NOTE: Every time you enter or exit Console Mode, it resets SHIELD portable.

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One of the ways to launch Console Mode is through the icon located in the Apps Drawer of SHIELD portable.

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This is the dialog shown if Console Mode is launched before SHIELD portable is connected to the TV.

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Once SHIELD portable is connected, you will be asked to enter Console Mode.

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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 portable.

Configuring GAMESTREAM in Console Mode

NVIDIA GAMESTREAM now enables you to experience your favorite PC games at 1080p, 60 frames per second in Console Mode.

PC Games Supported by GAMESTREAM at 1080p

Click here for a full list of games that provide the best experience for PC game streaming at 1080p, 60 frames per second, while in Console Mode. 1080p support for additional games will be added in the near future.

System Requirements For GAMESTREAM at 1080p

In order to stream games in Console Mode at 1080p @ 60 FPS, your PC system must meet the following minimum requirements (NOTE: these requirements are slightly higher than the standard, 720p GAMESTREAM requirements):

  • HDTV: An HDTV with HDMI support.
    NOTE: Please use the Gaming or Sports mode for the HDTV if it supports it to reduce input latency.
  • 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
  • Controller: SHIELD wireless controller
  • Cable: Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable
  • Micro USB Ethernet Adapter: Connect a wired Ethernet cable from your router to your SHIELD portable.
  • NOTE: There are many different types of Micro USB Ethernet adapters available in the marketplace. The adapter must be a male Micro USB connector to a female Ethernet connector.
  • System Memory: 4GB or greater
  • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Software:
    • GeForce Experience Version 1.8 or higher
    • GeForce 331.82 or higher
    • Steam Client 12/2 or later

How to Configure GAMESTREAM at 1080p

Connect SHIELD portable to the TV

Connect SHIELD portable to the TV using a Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.

Connect the Wired Ethernet Cable

1. Connect your wired Ethernet cable to your router.

2. Connect that cable to the Micro USB Ethernet adapter.
NOTE: A Micro USB Ethernet adapter can be used, but SHIELD portable cannot be charged with this type of adapter. To charge SHIELD portable while using Ethernet, a Micro USB Y-Cable with inputs for Micro USB power and full-size USB Ethernet will need to be used. Of course, a full-size USB2 to Ethernet adapter will needed in conjunction with the Y-Cable. See pictures below for pictures of these adapters.

3. Connect the Micro USB Ethernet adapter to your SHIELD portable.
NOTE: Wi-Fi on SHIELD portable will automatically be disabled when the Micro USB Ethernet adapter is working correctly.

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Micro USB to Ethernet adapter

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Micro USB Y-Cable cable with inputs for Micro USB power and full-size USB Ethernet

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Full-size USB to Ethernet adapter

Connecting the Cables

Connect the cables in the following order (the order is important!):

1. Plug in the SHIELD portable AC Adapter and USB Ethernet Adapter into the Micro USB Y-Cable.

2. Then plug the male Micro USB connector into SHIELD portable.

SHIELD portable is charged at a reduced current of 1.2A in this configuration.

Launch Console Mode

Console Mode can be launched using the application icon or by inserting a Mini-HDMI cable into SHIELD portable. 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 portableis in sleep mode, inserting a Mini-HDMI cable will wake it from sleep. If you remove the Mini-HDMI cable from SHIELD portable, you will get prompted to exit Console Mode.

NOTE: Every time you enter or exit Console Mode, your SHIELD portable will be reset.

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The Console Mode application

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Once SHIELD portable is connected, you will be asked to enter Console Mode.

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The Console Mode icon will be displayed in the upper-left of the TV.


Configuring your PC

To configure your PC for GAMESTREAM please refer to the set up instructions in the How to Configure GAMESTREAM section.

Stream your game

Select a game from the list by tapping the game box art or by pressing “A” on the SHIELD portable controller. The game resolution will automatically change to 1080p if you launch an officially supported game.

Android Gaming

Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4, SHIELD portable is made for those who demand amazing gaming experiences. It features precise, tactile controls and the latest version of Android KitKat, giving you the best way to play your favorite Android games. Play the games you already own or choose from the best titles on Google Play and the NVIDIA SHIELD Hub app. With SHIELD portable, Android games will finally have the console-grade controls and graphics performance they deserve.

SHIELD portable comes pre-loaded with two great SHIELD-portable optimized games that you can enjoy right out of the box: Sonic 4 Episode II THD & Expendable: Rearmed.


SHIELD portable is designed to be the ultimate handheld gaming device for gamers and along with the console grade SHIELD Wireless controller it delivers a unique set of gaming experiences. The key gaming experiences that define the SHIELD experience are:

  • Amazing Android Gaming – Play high quality controller and touch enabled Android Games that deliver console class visual quality and gripping multi-player gaming capabilities. Use NVIDIA Gamepad mapper to turn virtually any touch based Android game into a controller enabled game.
  • PC Gaming anywhere – Play the hottest PC games on your SHIELD through NVIDIA GAMESTREAM technology anywhere that has Wi-Fi connectivity or stream PC games from the Cloud through NVIDIA GRID to your SHIELD portable.
  • Console Mode – Turn your SHIELD portable into a console by connecting it to a TV or monitor and enjoy multiplayer Android games with up to four controllers or play your favorite PC games on the big screen just like you would on a game console or just kickback and enjoy HD Netflix content, play music, browse the Web and other activities by just issue voice commands through the SHIELD wireless controller.

The SHIELD Hub and integrated Onscreen Controls (OSC) bring these experiences to you seamlessly. The SHIELD Hub can be either launched by pressing the SHIELD button on the SHIELD portable or the SHIELD wireless controller while in Console Mode. You can also navigate to the SHIELD Hub icon on your SHIELD.

The SHIELD Hub is the one-stop portal to shop for new and exciting Android games, catch up on all the gaming related news, access the media apps installed on your device, connect and stream PC games from your PC and also set up connections with new GAMESTREAM ready PCs and control the quality and experience of your GameStream sessions.v


The “Shop” tab provides a curated list of games that just work great on SHIELD, and are available on Google Play. Selecting one of the games listed here will link you to the games page in the Google Play Store where you can purchase the game using your normal Google Play account – no need for a separate account! You can also search based on specific categories.


The “News” tab provides you the latest SHIELD related news that can be read directly from within the SHIELD Hub.

My Android Games

“My Android Games” is a simple way to access all of the Android games you have installed on your device.

My PC Games

“My PC Games” is the menu that will allow you to connect your SHIELD with a GeForce GTX powered PC or laptop to stream your favorite PC games to your SHIELD in a multitude of ways.

My Media Apps

The “My Media apps” tab lists all the multimedia apps installed on your device. Apps such as Netflix, Twitch, Google Play Music, Gallery and others will be listed here.


The “Settings” tab lets you control the quality settings for your GameStream sessions.

Google Play Games with Controller Support

All of the apps listed in the “Store” tab in the SHIELD Hub app are optimized for SHIELD’s controller input. A complee list of SHIELD-supported Android games can be found here.

SHIELD Portable Gamepad Mapper

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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 portable had a leg up on traditional consoles. And while almost every touch-based game on Google Play was playable using SHIELD portable’s touchscreen, they weren’t able to take full advantage of SHIELD portable’s capabilities.

Gamepad Mapper addresses this issue by immediately expanding your library to 1000s of Android 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.

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Play your favorite touchscreen game using SHIELD portable’s advanced physical controls. SHIELD portable 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 portable’s console-grade controller. Default profiles are automatically downloaded from the cloud for supported games so you can just launch your game and play.

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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 gizmos, long press the Start button while inside the game or long press the NVIDIA button and access the Gamepad Mapper from the SHIELD Power Menu.

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Return to your game by hitting the back button to exit out of the Gamepad Mapper tool or by touching the X above the Trash Can Gizmo.

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Gamepad Mapper Gizmos

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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 now includes a gizmo that can map the motion sensor gyro inside of SHIELD portable to the right or left analog thumbstick for better accuracy in native motion-based controls.

To use this gizmo, open the Gamepad Mapper overlay by long pressing the Start button while inside a game.

Tap and hold the sensor gizmo and move it anywhere on the screen.

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The motion sensor gizmo can be found on the far left of the toolbar.

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.

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The right thumbstick is now selected to control the rotation sensor.

Do the same for the left thumbstick to control the rotation sensor.

Analog Joystick Gizmos

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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.

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In FIFA 14, the onscreen touch displays consist of a touch joystick and four buttons.

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Hold the Start button on SHIELD portable 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.

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Once placed, use the A and Y keys to resize the LS joystick to make it larger.

Improved Thumbstick Controls

Gamepad Mapper now includes better functionality for first person perspective games. For native touch based games, in order to “look around,” a user must swipe the screen in the direction they want to view. With this improved thumbstick control feature, a user can map the look around motion to either thumbstick.

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To place the thumbstick control, tap and hold the thumbstick gizmo and drag it onto the screen.

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Long hold the newly mapped thumbstick to open up the sub features to select how the thumbstick control is to be used inside the game. In this case “FPS look around” is used.

Button Gizmo

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Use the Gamepad Mapper software to map the SHIELD portable 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.

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Select the button on the Gamepad Mapper toolbar with your finger, and then drag it on the screen to the desired location.

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Once placed, hit a button on the SHIELD portable controller that you would like to be assigned to this button placement. Do this for all of the button locations in the game.

Cursor Gizmo

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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.

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Place the cursor anywhere on the screen inside the game.

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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. Then press a button on the SHIELD unit that you would like linked to the cursor; this will be the cursor click.

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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.

"Accelerated Cursor" Option for Joystick Mouse Mode

Gamepad Mapper includes better cursor functionality for games that require navigation (e.g. menu selection) or cursor control (e.g. Angry Birds). There is an added feature that allows the cursor to remain at its location rather than reappearing in the center of the screen.

Map the Cursor gizmo to the game screen, using right analog stick and button of your choice (e.g. left shoulder button).

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The cursor gizmo will default to “Absolute cursor” mode which will return to its original position.

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By default, the cursor gizmo acts as an absolute cursor. Select “Accelerated Cursor” so that the cursor will auto-hide and reappear at the same location.

Gesture Gizmo

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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.

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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.

Trashcan Gizmo

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The Trash Can tool allows you to quickly remove a gizmo that is placed on the screen. Simply select the gizmo first, and then touch the trash can tool.

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Touch and select the gizmo 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.

Moving Gizmos

Once placed, tools can be easily moved to better align with the touch areas.

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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 Options

You can access the Gamepad Mapper options menu by clicking the Android menu icon while in the gamepad mapper screen.

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The menu button allows you to access the Gamepad Mapper menu controls.


The “Clear” option will erase all mappings on the current page and will allow you to start fresh. Be careful as this option will not warn you first!

New Page

The “New Page” option will allow you to create a new “page” of mappings. This allows you to have multiple sets of mappings for each title.

Remove Page

“Remove Page” will do exactly as it states and remove the current page from the available pages.

Set as Default Page

This option will set the current page as the default mapping for that app. Even if you restart your SHIELD portable, the current mapping will always be the default.

Supported Games

This option will take to a web page that lists the Android games that are supported by Gamepad Mapper. This list can be found here.

About Mapping

This option will show you information about the current mapping in use.

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Share, Email, Rate, and Download Mappings

The Gamepad Mapper sharing menu can be accessed by touching the android sharing icon in the Gamepad Mapper toolbar. A menu drops down, allowing you to choose from a number of options such as sharing custom-created mappings, email custom-created mappings, and rating pages.

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The sharing menu allows you to Share, Email, and Rate Gamepad mapper profiles.

Share Mapping

The community profiles feature gives users the ability to share, email, and rate gamepad mapping profiles.

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You can share your custom mapper control profile by selecting “Share Mapping.”

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. Your profile will be added to the available profiles for other users!

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Email Mapping

Use the Email function in the Sharing Menu to share custom-created profiles to the server or with your friends.


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Custom mappings can also be shared via multiple apps in Android.

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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 imported mapping is saved automatically on SHIELD portable and the imported profile will sync up with the game and just work.

Rate Mapping

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.”


Click on “Rate mapping” to add a 1-5 star rating for the current profile. Add in additional notes below.


Tap “Submit” when complete.

Downloading Mappings From the Cloud

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You can download community profiles from the Cloud by clicking the cloud icon shown above.


A window will appear showing community rated profiles from the Gamepad Mapper server.

Click on a profile that you want to download and a message will appear asking you to download the profile. Once you download the profile, a message will appear on SHIELD portable stating “Import successful!”

Exiting Gamepad Mapper

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Use the Back button to exit Gamepad Mapper mode.

Streaming SHIELD Content To TVs

Stream With Miracast

Miracast technology provides peer-to-peer, direct wireless connectivity between SHIELD portable 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.

When connecting, SHIELD portable assumes the role of the source (transmitting device) and the TV becomes a “sink device” that receives the video and application content. The NVIDIA Miracast architecture draws on NVIDIA’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.

Miracast is recommended for watching videos, surfing the web, and using apps. The gaming experience is still being optimized for latency and smoothness.

NOTE: We recommend the ActionTec ScreenBeam SBWD100A adapter for wireless Miracast streaming from SHIELD portable to your home TV. More information on this product can be found on the ActionTec website: www.actiontec.com/products/product.php?pid=298.

SHIELD Portable To TV Configuration

This section describes how the Miracast connection process works.

NOTE: Max resolution to the TV supports 720p at 60Hz, and 1080p at 30Hz.

1. Access the Miracast app on SHIELD portable.

NVIDIA SHIELD Miracast Connect NVIDIA SHIELD Miracast Connect
The Miracast settings can be accessed two ways: via the Settings section or by holding the SHIELD button down and selecting Miracast wireless display.

2. Launch Miracast on your TV or Miracast-enabled device.

NVIDIA SHIELD Miracast ScreenBeam
Follow the instructions for setting up the Miracast device to your TV.

3. The Miracast TV or device will display a pin number when the connection is successful.

NVIDIA SHIELD Miracast Pin Entry
The Miracast device will display a pin.

4. Enter the pin number in the SHIELD portable 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.

NVIDIA SHIELD Miracast Setup Complete
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".

NVIDIA SHIELD Miracast Completed
To stop Miracast streaming, simply select it either through the Settings menu or by hitting the NVIDIA SHIELD button.

*Miracast mode is not supported while using GameStream, or SHIELD wireless controller.