iFixit is a site that tears down devices and rates them in terms of how easy they are to repair and disassemble. They have now laid hands on the Nvidia Shield portable gaming console, and torn it to pieces.
Shield has had delayed in the past thanks to manufacturing faults and issues that Nvidia identified in components that weren’t up to standard. It looks like waiting for the console to be ready was a good idea, as the Shield rates quite well on the iFixit scale, even if it isn’t yet available locally and spare parts will be expensive for the time being.
iFixit found that the Shield was sturdy and very durable, well-suited to being ported around in a backpack. iFixit rates it 6/10 for repair-ability.
Nvidia has taken the time to make the console very modular and only uses screws for the chassis itself – internally, there are no screws, just levers, clips and ribbon cables.
The modular design raises hopes for easy access to spare parts, as there aren’t many crucial pieces to Shield that may require replacement all at the same time.
The Shield is a $300 handheld gaming console, complete with a traditional controller design and a fold-out touch-enabled 720p LCD panel. It runs Android Jelly Bean and can stream games from your PC to its screen, as well as perform all the regular things a tablet PC does.
It uses Tegra 4 hardware, and while its not going to be a huge success, its a proof-of-concept that Nvidia believes will find popularity among mobile gamers. It’s not been doing too badly in reviews: Nvidia Shield gets great reviews
Nvidia may well release a revamped version with Tegra 5 hardware in 2014, which will dramatically change the mobile gaming landscape as we know it: Amazing Nvidia Tegra 5 graphics capabilities revealed