Portal Announced For Android, Exclusive To Nvidia Shield

Portal Announced For Android, Exclusive To Nvidia Shield

Valve's puzzle-platforming masterpiece is coming to at least one Android device.

For too long, my Android brothers and sisters, we have sat at the end of the line when it comes to getting great mobile games. For too long, the iOS tyrants have held their expensive Retina displays aloft and crowed, "We have Infinity Blade!" But no longer. Well, sort of.

Nvidia and Valve have announced that the original Portal is coming to the Android platform, exclusively to Nvidia's SHIELD portable.

"NVIDIA has created a very powerful and unique device with SHIELD,"said Doug Lombardi at Valve. "Our companies have a strong history working together and we're looking forward to Portal's arrival on SHIELD."

And that's it. Valve and Nvidia have yet to give a release date for the port and it doesn't sound like other Android devices will be seeing Portal anytime soon, as most smartphone and tablet developers have skipped over using the Shield's Tegra 4 chip. HP, EVGA, and Vizio have tablets using the chip, but most hardware manufacturers have switched over to using Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPUs and Adreno GPUs for their products. That means most of us won't be able to play Portal, and I doubt Valve and Nvidia are willing to port the game to competing hardware.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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