Nvidia Shield OS goes open-source

Nvidia's Shield handheld released a week ago, albeit to little fanfare. While it's fully capable of playing Android games and streaming PC titles, Nvidia is looking to add another carrot for would-be customers: the ability to hack into the device.

An official blog post reveals that the OS has been made "open-source," which modders can use to customize the handheld's entire operating system. Modders can modify and create custom ROMs to their heart's content, though they do run the risk of voiding their warranty in the process.

Of course, there's always the fear of completely breaking this $299 piece of hardware. Fortunately, Nvidia will offer a binary recovery image that can be used to restore the Shield to its stock configuration.