How Steam Works on the Nvidia Shield

With the release of all the new information about the Nvidia Shield there was a little something that Nvidia mentioned about Steam support and a lot of you are probably asking how it all works because there is no native Steam application on the Shield. Well we’ve got the details and we’re sharing them with you.

As we all know from our previous post the Nvidia Shield is an interesting piece of hardware and even includes a mini-HDMI output so you can connect it to your television and play games on the big screen. But something you might not have known about was the ability to play steam games from the Shield to your television.

Let’s talk about the basic requirements. To steam Steam games on your Nvidia Shield you’re going to need a decent gaming pc with a GeForce GTX 650 or higher. As of this moment, Laptop GPU’s are not supported, but this can change in the future. You will need at least an Intel core I3-2100 3.1GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz or higher. At least 4 gigs of system memory, windows 7 or Windows 8, the GeForce Experience application and latest drivers for your video card. And lastly, a router that uses 802.11a/g router at least, they prefer you to use an 802.11n dual band router.

Streaming from your gaming pc to the Shield uses the H.264 encoder which is built in to all GeForce GTX 650 and higher cards. This requires the newest version of the GeForce Experience software that will be updating to include these features later. It uses your Wi-Fi network to stream all your favorite PC games as well as the ability to plug in the Micro-HDMI cable to plug in to your television. You can then use Steam’s Big Picture mode and allows you to play all your games on the big screen.  Because this feature is in beta, they plan to have a few titles working at launch and they are: Batman: Arkham City, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2 and Skyrim. Not a bad list if I do say so myself. A complete list of supported games will be published at launch.


Featuring a new and innovative PC game streaming capability available in BETA at launch*, SHIELD gives you the power to wirelessly access your GeForce® GTX-powered computer from the comfort of your couch. Play your favorite PC games and access Steam Big Picture, on a full-size controller with ultra-low latency thanks to SHIELD’s game-speed Wi-Fi and the fast performance of GeForce GTX GPUs.

PC streaming will release as a BETA feature at initial launch of SHIELD. The PC Streaming BETA will feature a select number of supported games from Steam, access to Steam Big Picture, and a set of recommended routers. After conclusion of the BETA period, users will receive a free software update to the official release that includes expanded game support, broader Wi-Fi compatibility, feature enhancements, and any needed bug fixes based on BETA feedback.


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