Controller:Nvidia SHIELD Controller

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Nvidia SHIELD Controller
Nvidia SHIELD Controller cover
XInput support
SHIELD Controller (2017)
Nvidia SHIELD Controller on Wikipedia

Key points

Must be connected via USB.
Does not directly support XInput out of the box; installing GeForce Experience is required for the SHIELD Controller to work on XInput titles.
GeForce Experience driver has limitation. The wireless capability, headset jack, and microphone are not supported on Windows PCs. Additionally, the volume buttons and Android Home button are not supported.
Non-Geforce GPU users can use unofficial ShieldControllerWinDriver.
Wireless connection is working only with Nvidia SHIELD devices.
Controller has handsfree microphone, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, volume control buttons and touchpad.
Battery lasts over 40+ hours before needing a recharge.

General information

SHIELD Game Controller FAQ
SHIELD Controller User Guide



Controller variations[edit]

Nvidia released new version of controller in 2017. It's smaller and lighter, has slide/touch volume control, physical NVIDIA home/back/start buttons and IR blaster. New controller doesn't have touchpad. Official driver supports rumble effects.

Use with PC platforms[edit]


Nvidia GeForce owners can download GeForce Experience. Once installed, GeForce Experience will automatically detect the controller and install the required drivers and firmware updates.
Can work standalone without GeForce Experience by using custom driver in 64-bits and 32-bits version which supports DirectInput and can be recognized by XInput.


It's working out-of-the-box on Linux, no custom driver needed.
Custom driver which works using wireless Wi-Fi Direct technology.


Can be recognized as Xbox 360 controller but after manual assignment. Controller cannot be found in Supported Controller Database, so Steam recognizes it as standard DirectInput device.
Not capable of making full use of Steam Input. Touchpad is not supported in configuration menu and always work as mouse touchpad.

Steam Link compatibility[edit]

Works natively over USB; the wireless mode only works with WiFi Direct and even then only with the Shield Portable, Tablet and TV. Buttons mapped correctly. Mouse trackpad is detected but doesn't really work, though the mouse 1 & 2 buttons do. [1]
Works without any drivers on any operating system that supports Steam.
Can be used just to send input from a controller to a PC. Go into Streaming options, hit 🅨 and disable video and audio streaming.
Won't work great unless you connect it to LAN or a low latency Wi-Fi.

Support in games[edit]

PC games that support the XInput standard are supported. Games with generic DirectInput support are supported by custom driver.

Other information[edit]

Technical information[edit]

Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 10
B Button 9
X Button 8
Y Button 4
LB Button 6
RB Button 5
LT Z-axis positive
RT Z-axis negative
Back Button 12
Start Button 1
Left stick Button 4, X-axis, Y-axis
Right stick Button 3, X-rotation, Z-rotation
NVIDIA button Button 13
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right
Trackpad Left Mouse Button, Mouse touchpad
Volume Up Volume Up
Volume Down Volume Down