NVIDIA has just launched two classic games from Valve, Half-Life 2 and Portal, for Android exclusively on the company’s portable console – the NVIDIA Shield. NVIDIA ported both titles to Android themselves which makes the exclusivity to the company’s console understandable.
“Using the utmost care, we paid attention to every detail to ensure gamers get the full PC versions natively on Android. The graphic performance is sharp; the controls are precise and natural,” said Jason Paul, Technical Marketing Manager at NVIDIA in a post on the official NVIDIA blog.
Bringing Half-Life 2 and Portal to Android and the NVIDIA Shield was done with the guidance and blessing of the developers at Valve. While the release of Portal was announced back in March, the porting of Half-Life 2 was only revealed last week and now both are available on Android.
“NVIDIA has done a remarkable job bringing both Half-Life 2 and Portal to SHIELD,” said Doug Lombardi Vice President of Marketing at Valve. “We’re playing both games here on our SHIELDs and fans of both franchises can expect the same gameplay they’ve come to love on the PC.”
The NVIDIA Shield runs on the company’s own NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor that features a quad-core ARM A15 CPU coupled with a 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU. The Shield also features 2GB of RAM, 16GB of Flash Memory, and a 5-inch multi-touch display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It runs on Google’s latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. The NVIDIA Shield currently supports over 300 Android titles.
NVIDIA has also recently launched, in a big update last month, the NVIDIA Shield’s GameStream functionality which allows users to stream games from their GeForce GTX-based PCs or Notebooks as well as the GRID Cloud and play them on the NVIDIA Shield. At the same time, the update also brought along Console Mode which enables players to connect their NVIDIA Shield to a TV and Gamepad and use it as a home console. Bluetooth keyboard and mice support was also added in the update.
Half-Life 2 and Portal for Android are now available on the Google Play Store exclusively for the NVIDIA Shield for only $10 each. The NVIDIA Shield itself is still discounted at $199 instead of the $299 but for only for an undisclosed limited time.