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NVIDIA Shield Hands-On: Streaming Steam Games

by Ashley Esqueda | August 17, 2013August 17, 2013 7:01 am EST

We’ve had the NVIDIA Shield in the office for a few days (check out our unboxing video), and now, we’ve got a short demo showing off how the Shield performs when streaming games from our Steam game collection.

Even though the Steam experience is in beta, the entire process was smooth and easy to figure out. Connecting Steam to the Shield was as easy as choosing it in an NVIDIA menu, and playing games produced little to no lag from what we saw on the screen — an impressive feat for games like Skyrim, which boasts higher end graphics and action-based gameplay. Of course, it didn’t hurt that we were playing our games through a Northwest Falcon Tiki rig, but nonetheless, we really enjoyed how buttery smooth the gameplay was.

It still remains to be seen how popular both this feature and the Shield itself will become, but after using this feature for a while today in the office, we’re kind of in love with the concept of taking our Steam games to the couch if we don’t feel like sitting at a desk. We’ll be putting the NVIDIA Shield to the test in our full review, so if you have any questions, or want to see a specific feature, let us know in the comments, and we’ll try to answer them.


Ashley Esqueda

Ashley Esqueda is a sixth-generation Southern Californian, and thinks that's pretty cool. Ever since her mom bought her an NES for her third birthday...

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