Just before a HTPC, the NVIDIA SHIELD TV is the most versatile box you can put in your entertainment console. It supports the playback of 4K HDR from Netflix and YouTube. You can play games from the Google Play Store and stream games from your PC or NVIDIA servers. And you can even set up an emulator for retro games.
Although we've seen retro consoles like the PlayStation Classic and NES Classic, their one-time use can be a bit off. There's nothing wrong with just plugging in and trying to dive into games, but other options are better if you want a multipurpose system. And the NVIDIA SHIELD could be the best of them.
What are Emulators and ROMs?
You need two pieces to play older games on a newer system:
- An E Mulator: This is the software that mimics the classic console and gives your system the ability to play classic games to play. The emulator is responsible for translating controls as well as handling video and audio output. Most emulators also allow you to save status, so you can save your game progress at any time.
- ROMs: These are the software version of the game you are playing.
Emulators are completely legal but the ROM files are a bit darker. Copyright laws vary from country to country. At best, the only legal way to get a ROM is to rip it from a cartridge you own. The cassette must be in your possession and you can not share the ROM file with other people. Before you begin, take a look at the laws in your area and make sure you get your ROMs in a legal way.
Why use the SHIELD feature instead of buying a classic console?
Setting Up Emulators on the Computer SHIELD is not as easy as connecting a NES classic. It's a lot easier than creating your own system and TV friendlier than emulating the games on your PC . And if you are not a game, you can use the same box to watch your favorite shows.
Because NVIDIA has a first-party controller for SHIELD, emulator developers know that the controller will have the most users. This makes it easier to include support for this controller. This means you'll be more fortunate if you can use your favorite retro game right away.
Another advantage of SHIELD is that you can play games from multiple platforms. With PlayStation Classic, you can only play the 20 games it ships with. When you have finished all, the console becomes a decoration (very attractive, mind you). Most SHIELD emulators support a variety of platforms. You can play your NES games, but also SNES, GameBoy, PlayStation, and more from a single device.
View the Games in the Google Play Store
Even if you have a legal copy of your game ROM and emulator To continue playing, you should still consider searching for the same game in the Google Play Store , You'll probably have to buy it again, but even older AAA games like the Grand Theft Auto series by Grand Theft Auto cost less than $ 10. And so you avoid the legal gray area that you need to get the game ROM. You also know that you can download the game from the Play Store at any time, so you do not have to keep your old cartridge and ROM file.
A ported game is likely to perform better than an emulated one, and may have features such as better controller support and cloud saves. It's a bit hard to buy back something you already own, but the convenience is probably worth a few dollars.
That is, let's look at how to get an emulator up and running.
Here's what you need  You need a few things to do this work:
- RetroArch: This emulator is available for free from the Play Store, so you do not have to worry about whether he is loaded on your device. It also supports a variety of legacy systems, easily store and load states, and supports the SHIELD controller.
- Solid Explorer : This is the best file manager for Android, even on a 160-inch format screen.
- One USB drive: Older game files are tiny, so you do not need a large drive. The approximately twenty games I had were only about 1.3 GB.
Format the USB drive on your Windows computer as NTFS, exFAT, or FAT32.
Loading the ROM Files
Later, it will be easier to divide the ROM files for each system into different subfolders. My NES ROMs are in a folder called "NES". My GameBoy Advance ROMs are in a folder called "GBA" and so on. When you have set up all ROMs folders, copy the entire folder to your USB drive.
Next, insert the USB flash drive into your NVIDIA SHIELD.
Use the navigation pad on the SHIELD remote control to select the Hamburger menu in the upper left corner.
Select the Settings icon.
Use the navigation buttons to move down the list and disable the "Context toolbar below" option. If you do not enable this option, you can use the SHIELD remote to access tools such as copy, paste, and more.
Press the back button on the remote once, then go down and select "USB Drive 1".
Go to the ROM folder, press and hold the center button on the remote control to select it. Navigate up and select the copy icon.
Use the navigation buttons to get to the right side, which by default should list your internal memory. Select the "Clipboard" button to insert the ROM folder.
When the ROM folder has finished copying to its internal memory, press the Home button on the remote control to return to the Android TV Home screen.
Set up RetroArch