NVIDIA on Tuesday announced that one of the most critically acclaimed puzzlers on the market, Portal, is being ported over to its Shield mobile gaming platform. A crowd and personal favorite of NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, this will mark the first time Valve’s challenging puzzle game has made an appearance in the mobile environment. For anyone that has yet to experience the beauty and complexity of Portal, bringing it to mobile opens up a ton of new possibilities. It also blurs the line between traditional console/PC gaming with the growing mobile industry.
“NVIDIA has created a very powerful and unique device with Shield,” said Valve’s Doug Lombardi. “Our companies have a strong history working together and we’re looking forward to Portal’s arrival on Shield.”
The news was announced as Huang was wrapping up his keynote speech at the GPU Technology Conference, though no exact pricing or release date was shared. The game, however, will be exactly as fans know and love it today, simply available on the Shield platform. There are currently over 300 Shield-supported Android games available, but Portal will no doubt be the odds-on favorite for the most popular.
NVIDIA’s Shield isn’t necessarily the first portable gaming machine consumers flock to, but with Portal coming soon—and I’m hoping more Valve titles—the company has made a strong argument for why you should pick one up. At $249, Nvidia has been terrific about continued support for the Shield, which is capable of streaming PC games, playing Android games, and performing other typical smartphone functionality in a portable gaming package.