After watching Jordan’s review of the Nvidia SHIELD, you may be interested in picking one up for yourself. And there’s no fault in this, as the shield packs some serious hardware and battery power, as well as some nice proprietary features such as PC game mirroring and that all-important game controller, in a sleek and portable device. However, this being XDA, many of us are waiting to see just how open the device is towards aftermarket development before getting started.
In this mobile age, nothing is a guarantee anymore; even Nexus devices aren’t quite as open as we’d like. However, Nvidia is trying to cater to the aftermarket development community with the release of their open source materials and factory restore images. Included in the open source materials is “everything they [open source developers] need to create custom OS images for SHIELD.” Furthermore, if you manage to make a mess of things while making use of the aforementioned open source materials, Nvidia has also provided factory images for the device, including a binary recovery image in order to make restoring the device to full stock configuration a breeze.