Nvidia Shield OS goes open-source

Nvidia's Shield already offers the ability to play Android games and stream games from your PC, but Nvidia's also adding the ability to hack right into your device.


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.

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    August 7, 2013 1:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Nvidia Shield OS goes open-source.

    Nvidia's Shield already offers the ability to play Android games and stream games from your PC, but Nvidia's also adding the ability to hack right into your device.

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      August 7, 2013 1:29 PM

      Cool. So could you technically mod this OS to work with say a Geforce 770(if you had the skillz) and other components and make your own console and box it up and sell it with a modded version of this OS and call it your own Gaming OS and console?

      Huh I wonder if anyone will do that...

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      August 7, 2013 1:48 PM

      Now this interests me.

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      August 7, 2013 2:04 PM


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        August 7, 2013 2:35 PM

        I'm not an expert here but I think the significant thing is less that they're making the OS open source but more that they're allowing people to hack/root/load what they want onto it. Some or all of the OS might have to be open source due to using Android as a base but they didn't have to OK the hacking and they could have conceivably made the device useless to hackers (i,.e., Tivoization)

        So as for people who lamented why this thing is $299 here's part of your answer - if they were selling it at a loss they'd never allow this. They must be selling it at a profit if they're enticing people to buy it knowing they may never see another purchase from them. It's like Ouya if Ouya wasn't run by idiots.

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          August 7, 2013 4:35 PM

          So this things could run windows and play games that the specs could handle?

          Potentially. Or Linux.

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            August 8, 2013 8:14 AM

            No, it's got an ARM processor in it and Windows requires x86. Except Windows RT, but that's not available for normal use.

            Linux is a possibility (and heck Android has some Linux in it) but it would still be a deal where things need to be compiled for ARM. The Raspbian (Debian distro for Raspberry Pi) people already do a lot of this for the Raspberry Pi so it's far from impossible but not a quick and easy thing.

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        August 7, 2013 4:47 PM

        Maybe now I can stream from an AMD card.

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      August 7, 2013 4:48 PM

      Definitely makes it far more tempting to me.

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      August 7, 2013 4:53 PM

      Nice that's a smart move from them... I see this being a dud otherwise.

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