Before NVIDIA brought out the Shield TV, a replacement for set-top TV boxes and media centre units, it had lined up a new version of the Shield handheld console, set for a worldwide release sometime in 2015. It was going to be identical to the home console, but in a handheld form factor ready for mobile gaming or streaming from a desktop computer. NVIDIA saw big potential in the Android gaming market thanks to new technologies and software on the horizon, and were ready with a device that would’ve been quite tempting. But suddenly, without notice, it was dropped from the company’s roadmap without any replacements on the horizon.
A prototype of the Shield 2 has now been found in a pawn shop in Canada. It’s likely one of the few remaining Shield prototypes in the world, and might have unreleased hardware within its innards that NVIDIA instead reserved for the Shield TV.