Author Topic: Shield Portable v GPD XD.  (Read 5795 times)

KSS1992 (OP)

Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2016, 05:49:38 pm »
today for a used shield portable you're looking at less than 200$ in a sale, unless you sell it on the street to someone with little or no sense.  Thats entirely depending on the condition as well.  They're going for as little as 79$ working with a few scratches.  I would keep it unless you know someone who will definitely buy it at the price you're looking to get for it.  It will always be able to emulate what it emulates, and barring a major change in gamestreaming, should always have access to remote stream PC, xbox one, and ps4 games.  Plus you have moonlight if nvidia decides to kill the portables support from their drivers.  Until the battery stops holding a charge, it probably has more value in your hands than on ebay.   As for the xd, i wouldn't buy it, I would wait for the GPD Win, the PGS (if it makes an actual appearance) or the XD2.  While you have the shield portable, there's really no reason to spend more money for an inferior handheld.  If size is a huge or the only factor, then you could probably unload the shield and buy the XD, with a low enough net expenditure to make it palatable.  I know the feeling of wanting something new, so i dont want to downplay those feelings in any way, but in the short term, you're just going to be putting yourself in this same position again when the proposed better handhelds launch in a few months if you buy now.

Thanks for your advice I appreciate it alot. I was considering "unloading the shield" and buying the XD just for the form factor and mostly what I want to do is emulation and some android games like Dead Trigger and Tomb Raiders 1 and 2. But do you think it would be worth it to hold onto the shield instead of sell just from the perspective of collectible value rising in the future (being that Nvidia has discontinued it and will most likely not make a second one)?.

My point is more along the lines of the shield being a better gaming platform than the XD in all respects.  It loses in portability only, and even there, its (imo) not a big enough factor to bite the bullet this late in the game.  The shield will offer you a better gaming experience, and your money is just better spend on the next GPD product that fits the niche.  If you have the money and are dying to get a new toy, then buy a 32gig, its cheap enough.  I wouldn't waste the money on a 16gig, thats just 100% pure downgrade.  Im still in the camp that you're better off enjoying solid gameplay now for the next 3 months, until the new GPD handhelds show up/get solidified.  The win should be here for certain by Q3, and the XD2 should at least have a final design by then based on GPDs track record.  If you were buying last year i would have said it was worth the buy, but the wait is over for the next unit, there's really no overwhelming reason to buy old underperforming hardware today when  a significantly better platform is around the corner. 
Assuming that you don't have a ton of money to just throw away, buying the XD now would make it a LOT harder to upgrade in the short term, so Im advising from that standpoint.  If thats not the case, I don't think you'd really be asking us for advice :).  Maybe tell us a little about why you find the shield inadequate?  Its very difficult to predict the future market for a niche device like the shield.  The price has been fluctuating a lot over the last year.  There is also fcc documentation and benchmark leaks of a new shield portable with gaming controls, though its uncertain to date if its a shield tablet with game controls (x1 powered S192 equivalent?) or a 2nd gen X1 powered shield portable.  Everything known shouts wait to me.

LOL thank you I really do appreciate your posts and help. I have a feeling your right. It really is just about portability, weight (its not heavy really but heavier than ur 3DS XL's lightness which goes nicely with a on the go device), and the fact that my hands arent the biggest lol. I think im going to hold off until I hear more about the GPD XD 2 though like you said. I am actually going to get my significant other a GPD XD soon (they rather have the 5 inch than a 6 inch screen they dont like the gadgets too big) maybe then I can compare and see if its for me or not. Most likely I'll stick with my shield for now and may will keep it as a collectors item regardless.

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Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2016, 06:23:43 pm »
today for a used shield portable you're looking at less than 200$ in a sale, unless you sell it on the street to someone with little or no sense.  Thats entirely depending on the condition as well.  They're going for as little as 79$ working with a few scratches.  I would keep it unless you know someone who will definitely buy it at the price you're looking to get for it.  It will always be able to emulate what it emulates, and barring a major change in gamestreaming, should always have access to remote stream PC, xbox one, and ps4 games.  Plus you have moonlight if nvidia decides to kill the portables support from their drivers.  Until the battery stops holding a charge, it probably has more value in your hands than on ebay.   As for the xd, i wouldn't buy it, I would wait for the GPD Win, the PGS (if it makes an actual appearance) or the XD2.  While you have the shield portable, there's really no reason to spend more money for an inferior handheld.  If size is a huge or the only factor, then you could probably unload the shield and buy the XD, with a low enough net expenditure to make it palatable.  I know the feeling of wanting something new, so i dont want to downplay those feelings in any way, but in the short term, you're just going to be putting yourself in this same position again when the proposed better handhelds launch in a few months if you buy now.

Thanks for your advice I appreciate it alot. I was considering "unloading the shield" and buying the XD just for the form factor and mostly what I want to do is emulation and some android games like Dead Trigger and Tomb Raiders 1 and 2. But do you think it would be worth it to hold onto the shield instead of sell just from the perspective of collectible value rising in the future (being that Nvidia has discontinued it and will most likely not make a second one)?.

My point is more along the lines of the shield being a better gaming platform than the XD in all respects.  It loses in portability only, and even there, its (imo) not a big enough factor to bite the bullet this late in the game.  The shield will offer you a better gaming experience, and your money is just better spend on the next GPD product that fits the niche.  If you have the money and are dying to get a new toy, then buy a 32gig, its cheap enough.  I wouldn't waste the money on a 16gig, thats just 100% pure downgrade.  Im still in the camp that you're better off enjoying solid gameplay now for the next 3 months, until the new GPD handhelds show up/get solidified.  The win should be here for certain by Q3, and the XD2 should at least have a final design by then based on GPDs track record.  If you were buying last year i would have said it was worth the buy, but the wait is over for the next unit, there's really no overwhelming reason to buy old underperforming hardware today when  a significantly better platform is around the corner. 
Assuming that you don't have a ton of money to just throw away, buying the XD now would make it a LOT harder to upgrade in the short term, so Im advising from that standpoint.  If thats not the case, I don't think you'd really be asking us for advice :).  Maybe tell us a little about why you find the shield inadequate?  Its very difficult to predict the future market for a niche device like the shield.  The price has been fluctuating a lot over the last year.  There is also fcc documentation and benchmark leaks of a new shield portable with gaming controls, though its uncertain to date if its a shield tablet with game controls (x1 powered S192 equivalent?) or a 2nd gen X1 powered shield portable.  Everything known shouts wait to me.

LOL thank you I really do appreciate your posts and help. I have a feeling your right. It really is just about portability, weight (its not heavy really but heavier than ur 3DS XL's lightness which goes nicely with a on the go device), and the fact that my hands arent the biggest lol. I think im going to hold off until I hear more about the GPD XD 2 though like you said. I am actually going to get my significant other a GPD XD soon (they rather have the 5 inch than a 6 inch screen they dont like the gadgets too big) maybe then I can compare and see if its for me or not. Most likely I'll stick with my shield for now and may will keep it as a collectors item regardless.
GPD XD2 wont be bigger. The bezel can go up to a 7" screen without a size increase.

KSS1992 (OP)

Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2016, 10:27:35 pm »
today for a used shield portable you're looking at less than 200$ in a sale, unless you sell it on the street to someone with little or no sense.  Thats entirely depending on the condition as well.  They're going for as little as 79$ working with a few scratches.  I would keep it unless you know someone who will definitely buy it at the price you're looking to get for it.  It will always be able to emulate what it emulates, and barring a major change in gamestreaming, should always have access to remote stream PC, xbox one, and ps4 games.  Plus you have moonlight if nvidia decides to kill the portables support from their drivers.  Until the battery stops holding a charge, it probably has more value in your hands than on ebay.   As for the xd, i wouldn't buy it, I would wait for the GPD Win, the PGS (if it makes an actual appearance) or the XD2.  While you have the shield portable, there's really no reason to spend more money for an inferior handheld.  If size is a huge or the only factor, then you could probably unload the shield and buy the XD, with a low enough net expenditure to make it palatable.  I know the feeling of wanting something new, so i dont want to downplay those feelings in any way, but in the short term, you're just going to be putting yourself in this same position again when the proposed better handhelds launch in a few months if you buy now.

Thanks for your advice I appreciate it alot. I was considering "unloading the shield" and buying the XD just for the form factor and mostly what I want to do is emulation and some android games like Dead Trigger and Tomb Raiders 1 and 2. But do you think it would be worth it to hold onto the shield instead of sell just from the perspective of collectible value rising in the future (being that Nvidia has discontinued it and will most likely not make a second one)?.

My point is more along the lines of the shield being a better gaming platform than the XD in all respects.  It loses in portability only, and even there, its (imo) not a big enough factor to bite the bullet this late in the game.  The shield will offer you a better gaming experience, and your money is just better spend on the next GPD product that fits the niche.  If you have the money and are dying to get a new toy, then buy a 32gig, its cheap enough.  I wouldn't waste the money on a 16gig, thats just 100% pure downgrade.  Im still in the camp that you're better off enjoying solid gameplay now for the next 3 months, until the new GPD handhelds show up/get solidified.  The win should be here for certain by Q3, and the XD2 should at least have a final design by then based on GPDs track record.  If you were buying last year i would have said it was worth the buy, but the wait is over for the next unit, there's really no overwhelming reason to buy old underperforming hardware today when  a significantly better platform is around the corner. 
Assuming that you don't have a ton of money to just throw away, buying the XD now would make it a LOT harder to upgrade in the short term, so Im advising from that standpoint.  If thats not the case, I don't think you'd really be asking us for advice :).  Maybe tell us a little about why you find the shield inadequate?  Its very difficult to predict the future market for a niche device like the shield.  The price has been fluctuating a lot over the last year.  There is also fcc documentation and benchmark leaks of a new shield portable with gaming controls, though its uncertain to date if its a shield tablet with game controls (x1 powered S192 equivalent?) or a 2nd gen X1 powered shield portable.  Everything known shouts wait to me.

LOL thank you I really do appreciate your posts and help. I have a feeling your right. It really is just about portability, weight (its not heavy really but heavier than ur 3DS XL's lightness which goes nicely with a on the go device), and the fact that my hands arent the biggest lol. I think im going to hold off until I hear more about the GPD XD 2 though like you said. I am actually going to get my significant other a GPD XD soon (they rather have the 5 inch than a 6 inch screen they dont like the gadgets too big) maybe then I can compare and see if its for me or not. Most likely I'll stick with my shield for now and may will keep it as a collectors item regardless.
GPD XD2 wont be bigger. The bezel can go up to a 7" screen without a size increase.

I see what you mean, more screen with less border. Pretty brilliant.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2016, 10:29:14 pm by KSS1992 »

XC-3730C

Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2017, 04:13:46 pm »
I know this is an old thread, but I am also in a conundrum with choosing a portable. After seeing a Shield Portable running Hyperspin,  I was sold, as there is no there comparable on other Android portables, as far as frontends with video previews. My only hope is Attract Mode being ported to Android some day.

I considered the S192, but I have also read about some of it's flaws, and ai haven't seen much development on it as far as custom firmware.

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Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2017, 04:39:14 pm »
Here's my 2 cents:  I've owned a dingoo a320 (obsolete by now), GCW ZERO & a GPD XD. From an expert user level, i would go preferably for a gpd xd. However, many users are NOT as experienced with gaming n custom OS machines like i am. Transferring files, locating them, etc.

With that said, if you are a novice or new to this scene, go with something simpler like a GCW ZERO in my opinion. But, if you can still find the XD new, go for the XD as the zero is hard to find these days brand new.
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Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2017, 05:20:26 pm »
dreamesper,

Thank you for your perspective. I have no problem with setups, customizations, and the like, as I am a PC tech, and have done these kinds of things like modding/setting up original Xbox, PS2, etc.

Speaking of Xbox, I really like the idea of a frontend with video previews, and  I am at the point now where I am wanting more than a frontend with just static images and text, which is why I like Hyperspin and Attract mode.

Frontends such as Hyperspin and Attract Mode dont exist on GCW Zero or Android (other than Shield Portable and the costly GPD Win), so I may just go with a Shield Portable. I had high hopes for the S192, but reviews of it seem unfavorable.

I may just get a GPD Win, or wait longer until the Vita homebrew seen really picks up.
« Last Edit: January 17, 2017, 06:31:12 pm by XC-3730C »

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Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2017, 01:08:40 am »
I have both. The shield definitely had better software with tegrazone and the server game streaming membership thing (which used to be free btw). but the size and shape of the shield alone made me not want to carry it around or play it too often. the thing was massive.

that being said, the shield is definitely better built than the XD. and the sticks can be pressed, which is definitely a plus.

the GPD XD has a more convenient form factor. which is also huge and alone puts it above the shield. the onscreen key mapping software is great too.

in terms of power, i dunno if theres any game you can play on 1 that you cant play on the other, including emulators. i dunno if theres any software (outside of benchmarks) that will allow you to see any noticible difference in performance between the 2

overall i prefer the XD. its easier to carry around and looks less ridiculous.

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Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2017, 11:30:09 pm »
I've had a Nvidia Shield Portable since it practically came out and a GPD XD for a few weeks (and a few other system like the Win, Q9 and Pandora).   In my opinion the Shield Portable is the best designed handheld and it is the most comfortable to hold and play games most games on for a long amount of time. 

My biggest problem with is due to its drivers the PSP emulation causes artifacts or bugs in some games and irked me a little.  It also can't play Saturn games.   

Playing with the XD for a little bit that is your best bet.  It fits in your pocket and while the dpad is small it's good for most games. 

Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2017, 11:58:28 pm »
I guess I am in the minority ,as I own the Jxd Singularity S192 and the Nvidia Shield Portable and the Gpd Xd, and I value and use my Jxd Singularity S192 above the other two. Although I do rank my Nvidia Shield Portable above the Gpd Xd by a considerable margin. I do also own a New Nintendo 3DS XL and I rank the build quality and functionality of the Gpd Xd above It. I say sit back and see what the future brings.
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Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2017, 01:42:25 pm »
more necrothreading, but one thing I haven't seen mentioned is that the Nvidia Shield has excellent, loud, nice-quality STEREO speakers.

The GPD XD and GPD Win both, sadly, have a wimpy, low quality mono speaker from what I hear.

That's a pretty big deal for me personally, you really do lose alot when you don't have stereo. Whip the camera around in Mario 64 and delight in the great stereo 3d joy... Or hear a flat fart. If you want a small, cheap, much lower spec android device consider the Xperia Play as well, roughly $35-$50 used iirc with stereo.
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Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2017, 01:46:22 pm »
more necrothreading, but one thing I haven't seen mentioned is that the Nvidia Shield has excellent, loud, nice-quality STEREO speakers.

The GPD XD and GPD Win both, sadly, have a wimpy, low quality mono speaker from what I hear.

That's a pretty big deal for me personally, you really do lose alot when you don't have stereo. Whip the camera around in Mario 64 and delight in the great stereo 3d joy... Or hear a flat fart. If you want a small, cheap, much lower spec android device consider the Xperia Play as well, roughly $35-$50 used iirc with stereo.

The Win is Mono, the GPD XD is stereo and has a very good sound.
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Re: Shield Portable v GPD XD.
« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2017, 12:04:04 am »
I did not know that, thank you for telling me. I'm suddenly interested in a cheap XD should one ever pop up. Sad that they stepped backwards to mono sound on the GPD Win, maybe it was truly necessary for space inside the device, but even then I'd rather the whole thing blow up slightly and stereo be retained.
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