Controller:Nvidia SHIELD Controller (2017)

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Nvidia SHIELD Controller (2017)
Nvidia SHIELD Controller (2017) cover
XInput support
SHIELD Controller (2015)
Nvidia SHIELD Controller (2017) on Wikipedia

Key points

Natively supported by most modern games.
Controller has handsfree microphone and 3.5mm stereo headset jack.
Controllers can be used wired connections (via micro USB) or wirelessly with Bluetooth.
Battery lasts over 60+ hours before needing a recharge.

General information

SHIELD Game Controller FAQ
SHIELD Controller User Guide



Controller variations[edit]

Older version of controller has been released in 2015. It's larger and heavier, has physical volume control (2 buttons), capacitive touch buttons for NVIDIA home/back/start and below thumbsticks it has clickable touchpad which emulates mouse. Official drivers are disabling rumble support and require Nvidia GPU.

Use with PC platforms[edit]


Connecting the controller should automatically download and install latest drivers for the controller.


This controller is "Plug and Play" on most distributions of Linux.
Xboxdrv is an alternative to the stock driver and allows many configuration options.


Can be recognized as Xbox 360 controller but after manual reassignment. 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. Blue LED is not configurable and additional buttons are not visible in configuration menu.

Steam Link compatibility[edit]

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.

Other information[edit]

Technical information[edit]

Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 1
B Button 2
X Button 3
Y Button 4
LB Button 5
RB Button 6
LT Z-axis positive
RT Z-axis negative
Back Button 7
Start Button 8
Left stick Button 9, X-axis, Y-axis
Right stick Button 10, X-rotation, Z-rotation
NVIDIA button
Home button Guide button
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right
Volume control touchpad Volume control