Controller:Nvidia SHIELD Controller (2017)

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Nvidia SHIELD Controller (2017)
Nvidia SHIELD Controller (2017) cover
XInput support
Connection method
USB-Micro, Bluetooth
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


  • slider (swipe up/down to increase/decrease volume)
  • microphone
  • 2 × clickable analog sticks: LS, RS
  • 2 × analog triggers: LT, RT
  • 2 × digital shoulder buttons: LB, RB
  • 8 × digital action buttons: 𝐀, 𝐁, 𝐗, 𝗬, ɴᴠɪᴅɪᴀ, ʙᴀᴄᴋ, sᴛᴀʀᴛ, ʜᴏᴍᴇ
  • 4 × digital directional buttons (d-pad): , , ,



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.
Custom application reWASD lets remap whole controller and works on Windows 7 or newer. Software gives advanced customization options eg. reassigning buttons to keyboard or mouse actions, macros, activate custom modes etc.


Enables rumble support.
NVIDIA button, Back button, Start button and Home button can be remapped.
Allows emulate virtual DS4 controller to play PS4 Remote Play or PS Now.[1]
Allows emulate virtual Xbox 360 controller to play XInput compatible games.
Not free of charge. 14-days trial.
Volume control touchpad cannot be used yet.
Custom configs for Nvidia Shield Controller can be found in official Community Configs Library maintained by reWASD users. It's placed in Stadia/Xbox Series X/DualSense filter.


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. Slider is not supported.

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 𝗬 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 touchpad support[edit]

Touchpad, known as slider is placed on the front of the controller between analog sticks, the capacitive type touchpad is a non-clickable 1-point touchpad. The functionality of the touchpad can differ from between games but usually controls volume. Recognized gestures: scroll.
There is no software which allows to remap controller's touchpad.

Games with microphone support[edit]

Games with implemented voice chat are able to use controller's microphone, but microphone support for Nvidia SHIELD Controller is not implemented yet.
VoiceBot and VoiceAttack allows to control games and applications by voice commands.
List of Microphone-controllerd computer games.

Games with XInput button prompts[edit]

Total number of games: 2,274.
Please note, that this is only list for games that offer XInput button prompts.
Some may require use of Xbox 360 controller emulation. Refer to game-specific articles for details.


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 Guide button
Home 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