Initial impressions: extremely good build quality. Good ergonomics. Excellent screen. Almost no lag at all.
Haven't had a chance to play all my games, but I can say without hesitation that Shield is the only way to play Dead Trigger. It's AMAZING, simply put.
As you can see from the pic, I'm downloading Shadowgun. Can't wait to play it.
The only issue I've had is with a stuck "X" key. The physical button got stuck in the down position, but the actual register did not. (Meaning the button worked fine, it just never retracted.) That problem fixed itself and hasn't happened since.
Re: In Hand!
OK, so I've had some more time with the Shield.
This thing is absolutely, astonishingly fun. Shadowgun and Shadowgun: Deadzone are incredible on the Shield. This is the way those games were meant to be played. I can say the same about the stuff by Vector Unit (Riptide GP, GP2, Shine Runner, Beach Buggy Blitz). On the Shield, these games are just plain FUN and effortless to play. The Tegra optimizations make them even better.
I have had (and will have) zero experience with PC streaming. I bought the Shield as a mobile Android gaming system. As that, it excels. Hands down the best Android gaming experience thus far. (Even beats the Ouya... ahem.)
I experimented with some regular apps, too. Facebook, Plume... both work as expected. It's actually very easy to use the Shield as a social media consumption device. It's not as intuitive to actually post items, but the onscreen keyboard works fine. It's a bit awkward, of course, but it works.
The Shield works great as a video-viewing device, too. It wouldn't be my first choice due to the screen size, but the *quality* of the screen is outstanding.
I could go on and on, but I feel like I'm just stating what others have mentioned previously.
I am very pleased with my purchase. Yeah, it's too damn expensive. But it's soooo nice. If it were $100 cheaper, it'd be a no-brainer.
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Re: In Hand!
Excellent impressions Wallace, thanks! Now test out MAME4Droid and RetroArch and tell us how it functions as an emulator machine! How does:
Mortal Kombat II
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
San Francisco Rush The Rock: Alcatraz
Virtua Fighter 2
......run on the Shield?
- 08-01-2013, 10:41 PM #9
Re: In Hand!
FYI: Mame4Droid dev on androidforums.com says:
I'm the mame4droid developer.
Shield runs all 2d games at full speed like umk...
In fact, I have added specific support for shield on mame4droid reloaded and runs out of the box all games great.
I'm pretty stoked, but waiting until the price drops, or I have to travel... whichever comes first
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