If you're dreaming of all the PC games you'll be playing on the Shield, though, you might be disappointed to hear that there are still some kinks to be worked out, and Nvidia will be labeling the feature "beta" to manage expectations for at least a couple of months.Borderlands 2 in particular worked great in our brief test, but neither game's animations felt quite as fluid as on PC, and several times Nvidia had difficulty getting the Shield and PC to stay connected. The setup also requires an approved simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi router to function well, and doesn't yet work with all games: only a limited selection of Steam Big Picture mode and GeForce Experience titles are good to go as of today, though engineers told us that the buttons and sticks should theoretically just work with any PC game that supports an Xbox controller.
And then there's the slight worry that not all Android apps will work properly on the Shield, since it presently only displays Android in landscape mode. Surprisingly, Nvidia tells us it's specifically working on that very issue with developers, including Netflix, whose Android app currently only lets you sign into an account in portrait mode. LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION ONLYThe company actually showed us a new build of Netflix specifically designed for the Shield, and pointed out that Hulu Plus and Twitch.tv will come with every handheld. "Google wants to help us as well," Nvidia VP of Marketing Ujesi Desai told The Verge. Though the Nexus 7 tablet also didn't fully support landscape mode at launch, Desai said that Google has reconsidered. "I think that was an acute learning for them and they realize it," he said, "In the conversations we've had with them, I think they understand the importance; that portrait and landscape should both be treated as first-class citizens." Android games do support and often even default to landscape orientation — and if they support Android's game controller standard, the Shield should natively work — but for non-gaming apps Google's clout might be important.
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