NVIDIA Shield 2 Portable, Unreleased to Public, Found in Pawn Shop

NVIDIA Shield 2 Development Unit

If you are a mobile gamer then the NVIDIA Shield is probably the ultimate piece of hardware to play on. Released in 2013 we saw the Shield take off and become quite popular, despite the prohibitive cost of entry. A follow up hardware release was imminent. Even NVIDIA felt so because they filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which Android Police revealed to the world way back in January of this year. Now, we have found out that a Reddit user has not only discovered this unreleased hardware, but has purchased it. From a pawn shop of all places.

What this lucky Canadian gamer got was a development unit that was not intended for consumer use. That is obvious. What is not obvious is how this development unit ended up on a pawn shop shelf in Canada. Was it owned by a former employee that left the company (voluntarily or not) or was it possibly lynched and sold illegally (would be hard to prove either way). Considering NVIDIA is not going after the Reddit user we can safely assume it is not considered stolen merchandise or something they would rather have back in their possession (either by legal means or by financial exchange).

NVIDIA Shield 2 Specs
Image credit – Imgur

No matter what, this is an interesting find. It shows that at some point NVIDIA was planning on continuing the NVIDIA Shield line of hand held devices. Too bad they didn’t follow through with it.

What gamers would have gotten in the NVIDIA Shield 2 would have been slightly smaller form factor versus the original model. As you can see in the above specs pic, the device was going to be rather powerful in comparison to similar devices coming out of China.

This begs the question, why hasn’t anyone, other than NVIDIA and a handful of Chinese manufacturer’s, attempted to make a viable gaming device running Android? The hardware would be locked down making development of new games easy to optimize for the hardware. It just boggles my mind that we don’t see more of these units appearing for many price points – budget up to the Cadillac models.

I think this could be a huge market if someone would capitalize on it. Work with current developers to create optimized versions of their games for a specific piece of hardware and show what Android can do in the right hands (or without having to worry about a million plus configurations like PC game developers have to do).

Source: Reddit

  • エッチDランブル

    android gaming crumbled under the might of playstation. it will never be revived

    • Carl Williams

      I am not sure about that. I mean, it is not like the PS Vita or PSP are exactly rocking the portable world right now.

      • エッチDランブル

        oh yeah how about when plugging your tablet into a tv was gonna be the new console. psvita is still the best but fake mobile games and gameboy 6 get all the casuals

        • Carl Williams

          While I like the Vita hardware, you have to admit, there is a lot lacking in the lineup for the foreseeable future as far as releases. I still don’t quite get the point of tablets for the mainstream though.

          • エッチDランブル

            lol I got enough to fuel legit and hacked vitas for ages. then there’s buying digital and physical copies

          • Carl Williams

            What are your top 5 Vita games? Just curious (I don’t own one but want to pick one up sooner than later).

          • エッチDランブル

            my personal favourites is wo3u dw8xl all sw4 all neptunia and spin offs senran kaguras valkyrie drive and akibas trip. best is akibas trip and wo3u if you got all dlc. but here’s a list:
            1.soul sacrifice redux. top quality
            2.masamura rebirth. the best 2d
            3.toukiden kiwami. like monhun
            4.freedom wars. pretty cool
            5.kill zone mercs. it’s alright
            then there’s dang an and p4g
            I’d steer clear of borderlands coz it crashes all the time and dragons crown was boring to me
            also fighters like mk and sfvt. mvc is always >30 quid on ebay and doax3 is dear and only good if you collect em

          • エッチDランブル

            if you buy any pstv bnib it’s hackable and can play em all. but the prices have doubled on average. still cheaper than original retail and they can use ext hdd

          • Carl Williams

            I probably need to hold onto a PSTV instead of flipping it then. lol I get them occasionally here locally for about $30 brand new in box (the Lego Movie edition).

          • エッチDランブル

            lol. I was gonna get a white 1 from Japan with controller but they’ve gone from 100 to 200 dollars. just got 2 black 1s. hacking was easy but neither are activated to run adrenaline psp emu/ecfw. works good on my vita tho and supposed to be updated to not need activate soon. thatll open up the world of psp homebrew to a little telly or big lol I played gba on 4k screen

          • Carl Williams

            The only reason I hacked my PSP back in the day was to take screen shots for sites I worked on at the time. Is there a screen shot function on the Vita?

  • refugee

    Ok, right