Get the best Android development tools for NVIDIA® SHIELD™: the ultimate Android gaming platform.

NVIDIA SHIELD tablet and SHIELD portable are Android gaming devices designed for gamers who yearn to play when, where and how they want. Built around the advanced NVIDIA Tegra® mobile processor, breakthrough Wi-Fi technology, console quality game controllers and stunning HD video and audio, NVIDIA SHIELD redefines what gaming can be.

NVIDIA SHIELD tablet, SHIELD portable and SHIELD wireless controller provide the ultimate gaming experience on the go

Android Gaming

100% Android: SHIELD ships with Google's Android operating system and is kept up to date by NVIDIA OTA servers. This means the latest APIs and software are available to help developers create immersive gaming experiences.

Using the SHIELD portable or pairing the SHIELD tablet with the SHIELD wireless controller couples a console-grade game controller with the advanced Tegra processor. NVIDIA then provides world class Android development tools to make SHIELD the best way to develop class leading and cutting edge Android games.

For the latest info on Android TV, development best practices, and info on preparing games and apps for Android TV and game controllers, check out NVIDIA's Android TV Developer Guide.

NVIDIA GRID and NVIDIA GameStream available on NVIDIA SHIELD

More Ways to Game

NVIDIA GameStream™ technology brings high-intensity, low-latency PC gaming to SHIELD devices. SHIELD harnesses the power of GeForce® GTX™ graphics cards, plus exclusive NVIDIA GameStream streaming technologies, to unleash PC gaming on the go.

  • Remotely access your PC to play games away from home.
  • Play PC games on an HDTV at up to 1080p at 60 FPS using the all-new SHIELD wireless controller in Console Mode.
  • Stream games like World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and DOTA 2 to an HDTV and play with full Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support.
  • Seamlessly record gaming moments or stream game action to Twitch as you play with NVIDIA ShadowPlay™.

Tips for developers looking to use GameStream to stream from PC to SHIELD can be found here.

SHIELD tablet

The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet delivers the perfect mix of power, portability, and performance built around the NVIDIA Tegra K1, the world's fastest mobile processor. For developers and gamers alike, SHIELD tablet provides unbeatable graphics, video, and audio, the most advanced, responsive stylus, and the freedom to pair with the optional SHIELD wireless controller for ultimate gaming control.

The SHIELD tablet delivers everything you need to get the most from your games, movies, and apps.

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Specifications

Processor NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 192 core Kepler GPU, 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU
Memory 2GB RAM
Display 8-inch 1920x1200 multi-touch Full HD display
Audio Front facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port with built-in microphone
Storage 32 GB or 16 GB plus MicroSD storage slot

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Open Source Resources

NVIDIA publishes source code and binary packages for the community to use to create custom OS images for SHIELD tablet. Find instructions for the open source packages here:

Recovery Images

NVIDIA also publishes binary "recovery images" for users wishing to revert to factory or OTA images. Download factory and OTA recovery images from the Download Center then unzip from a BASH or CYGWIN command prompt with "bash ./filename.sh" to display the license agreement and unpack the recovery files. Note: if using CYGWIN, be sure to install the "more" command.

To flash a recovery image, follow the flashing instructions.

Download OS Images (WiFi Edition)

Download OS Images (LTE US Edition)

Download OS Images (LTE RoW Edition)

Windows USB Driver

NVIDIA provides updated Windows USB drivers for developers having issues with the default Google adb driver. If your machine is unable to detect the SHIELD tablet, download this driver and follow the instructions linked from the Download Center.

Download USB Driver

SHIELD portable

The NVIDIA SHIELD portable provides incredible graphics performance and precision control in an all-in-one form factor for serious gamers on the go.

The SHIELD portable's NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor gives you screaming-fast GeForce graphics on a stunning 5-inch 720p multi-touch display for high-definition games and movies. Get booming audio, integrated precision controller, and great battery life, all in a compact, ergonomic form-factor.

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Specifications

Processor NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 mobile processor
Memory 2GB RAM
Display 5-inch 1280x720 multi-touch HD display
Audio Front facing tuned port, bass reflex stereo speakers with built-in microphone
Storage 16 GB plus MicroSD storage slot
Custom Armor Color Silver

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Open Source Resources

NVIDIA publishes source code and binary packages for the community to use to create custom OS images for SHIELD. Find instructions for the open source packages here:

Recovery Images

NVIDIA also publishes binary "recovery images" for users wishing to revert to factory or OTA images. Download factory and OTA recovery images from the Download Center then unzip from a BASH or CYGWIN command prompt with "bash ./filename.sh" to display the license agreement and unpack the recovery files. Note: if using CYGWIN, be sure to install the "more" command.

To flash a recovery image, follow the flashing instructions.

Download OS Images

Windows USB Driver

NVIDIA provides updated Windows USB drivers for developers having issues with the default Google adb driver. If your machine is unable to detect the SHIELD portable, download this driver and follow the instructions linked from the Download Center.

Download USB Driver

SHIELD Developer Resources & Information

Quick Start Guide

Head over to HOW TO: Getting Started on SHIELD Development to jump start developing Android apps on SHIELD devices.

SHIELD Developer Tools

Count on NVIDIA's developer tools to help deliver console-quality games, next-gen apps and unleash the raw power of the Tegra processor. NVIDIA's provides developers with a collection of applications spanning desktop and mobile targets enabling developers to build, debug, profile and develop class leading and cutting edge software that utilizes the latest visual computing hardware from NVIDIA.

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Android Development Resources

NVIDIA is a world leader in Android development and provides tools, resources, sample code, documentation and tips & tricks to help take Android games and apps to the next level.

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Start Developing for SHIELD Today!

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