RIP OUYA and Forge TV, hello Shield


So I don’t know about you guys, but I was one of about six people in the world that purchased both an OUYA *and* a Razer Forge TV — these were Android-based micro-consoles. Now they’re paper weights, because in case you hadn’t heard, their servers have been permanently shut down, rendering them basically useless. Yes, one can probably root these things and use them to run emulators or something, but I’m not interested in doing that.

It’s too bad though, because I thought they had potential. They were cheap, but not shoddy, and I’ve had a lot of fun playing local multiplayer games with them with my niece and nephew.

So what to do? Well, I went out this weekend and bought an Nvidia Shield. Now we’re talking! Amazing how much power this thing packs within a tiny box. And it seems like many of these have been sold, so I’m hoping support for it won’t disappear like some other Android initiatives.

Thoughts? Anyone else out there enjoying their Shield?

Comments (11)

11 responses to “RIP OUYA and Forge TV, hello Shield”

  1. Paul Thurrott

    I've still not used an Nvidia Shield, but this is routinely promoted as the best/most popular Android TV-type device.

  2. wright_is

    What version of Android is it running? On it says Version 7.0, but the official text from nVidia says "never out of date", so it should be on Android 9 by now...

  3. Tony Barrett

    Good move getting a Shield - they really show off AndroidTV, and are about as good as you'll get for a streaming device. nVidia upgraded the Shield to 8.1 Oreo (and the new version of AndroidTV) late last year. I believe Android Pie and a tweaked AndroidTV are scheduled, but they're not available yet. nVidia also regularly push our new 'Shield Experiences' which add new features and improve functionality.

    The Shield is expensive, but it's how it should be done!

  4. johnh3

    Had a Nvidia Shield the first generation. It had micro sd card support. Seems they removed that feature from the new model?

    I liked it but was some quality issues. The remote control lost connection to the main unit several times. And after a year or so nothing working. I hope it will be better in the latest Shield.

    But now I got a Apple TV box. I am not sure how dedicated Google in general are with Android TV?

    • ErichK

      In reply to johnh3:

      Correct, the MicroSD card slot is gone.

      The whole Android game console/TV thing might be a little risky. I like Android enough though that I'm willing to go along for the ride, for better or for worse.

  5. the escalation

    Hopefully the Shield will support Stadia when it rolls out later.