Nvidia Shield adds support for 1,000s of Android games with button mapping app

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Nvidia(s nvda) is pushing out a software update to its portable Shield gaming console, bringing both Android 4.3(s goog) and game button mapping. The latter feature allows Shield owners to use the hardware controls for touchscreen-optimized Android games. This could help boost demand a bit for the $299 handheld.  Prior to the update the Shield only supported a few dozen games that natively worked with the buttons, sticks and triggers.

Nvidia is also offering the Shield for $199 with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards; the deal also includes free game titles. It’s a smart move to bundle a Shield promo with a graphics card because PC games can be streamed to the handheld device for playback with the right card.

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This is the only niche device that is even remotely garnering my attention. The stream from PC and Andriod mix appeals to this non-console PC gamer.

If the bundled it with the router to stream PC titles at the $199 price point I would be all over it. I already have the video card this works with.

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