Valve's 2007 masterpiece Portal is officially arriving for the Nvidia Shield handheld gaming device, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced at the GPU Technology Conference that's currently taking place in San Jose. The port comes with the blessing of Valve, with Valve's Doug Lombardi stating that "Our companies have a strong history working together and we’re looking forward to Portal‘s arrival on Shield." I mention that this port comes with Valve's blessing because longtime TA readers might recall that an unofficial port of Portal that was built in Unity was blowing our minds way back in July of 2009. That initial demo video left a lot of people skeptical that the whole thing wasn't just some elaborate hoax, but just a few days later we actually received a build of the unofficial Portal port which proved it wasn't just smoke and mirrors. Here's some video of us playing through an early version of that port.

Sadly Valve put the kibosh on that unofficial port, but at the very least it showed that something like Portal was possible on a mobile device like the iPhone, even back in 2009. Mobile hardware has improved dramatically since then, but herein lies the problem for us iOS gamers: Nvidia themselves are doing the Portal port, targeting the Shield first and other devices which use Nvidia's own Tegra chipset. According to a report from The Verge, the mobile port of Portal isn't locked down to the Tegra chip in a technical sense, and it's possible they'll be expanding the game to a wider assortment of Android devices in the future. But, I really doubt Nvidia is anxious to bring their port over to iOS, despite the fact that it would sell like crazy. Stranger things have happened though, so we'll have to wait and see if an official iOS Portal is in the cards someday. For Nvidia Shield and other Android device owners, look for Portal to be "coming soon."

[The Verge]

  • Mekklesack

    Oh my gosh! If they get an Official TF2 port, I may have to an Android

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  • Aventador

    First Mount and Blade Warband, now even Portal ?
    Apple start bribing up people more, we need more iOS exclusives.
    But seriously , if they want to skip iOS, their huge loss, just don't say that mobile Portal wasn't a good investment and that mobile gamers don't appreciate "real" games.

    • nini

      It's not like they're unaware of mobile gaming for "real" gamers but it's not as if Valve is developing this port either, more a licensing deal for Nvidia and they don't have much reason to develop outside their chipsets.

  • Kevin897

    Telling this to a community of mostly Apple users...

    • nini

      ... who may also own Android stuff, it's still relevant in a wider context even if you don't own any Android devices.

    • 61050

      its probably worth noting too that i may own an iphone, and although im too vested into the ios platform for both work and leisure reasons and have no plans on switching any time soon, i most definitely do _not_ consider myself an apple user.

  • Based Xatu

    It will probably be free and riddled with ads. Androids make it too easy to pirate.

    • godelescherbach

      No, it won't be. PC games and console games are ported to android just as they are to iOS.

      • Mozaik

        nope , look at badland for example.

      • Cheeseball

        That's because Badland is initially free on Android. If you purchase premium (to unlock the rest of the levels), the ads will be removed.

  • spokentruths772

    Yeeeeeeaaaaaaah #teamandroid!!!!

  • apolloa

    Oh hell yeah! I can see me playing Portal with my little controller on my Nexus 7 Tegra 3 🙂 Hope they get Portal 2 on it also 🙂

    • Mozaik

      nope only tegra 4 , stated on their site , shame thats why i choose ios device because of great compability specially gaming.

      • Satan's Taint

        Uhm, no it doesn't. In fact Nvidia CEO said it won't be locked to Tegra chips. Reading isn't your strong suit.
        And name any recent game that plays on every iphone/ipod/ipad regardless of the OS version. Go on, I'll wait.

      • Mozaik

        i said better compatibility , for eg , gta san andreas was not compatible tegra 3 nexus 7 when it came it took months , whereas it was compatible with ipad 2 and iPhone 4s which where older device than nexus 7.

      • Opinion

        You said nope only tegra 4 didn't see you mention compatibility.

      • Mozaik

        I edited my comment , because people where taking offensively.

      • apolloa

        No you haven't. Your comment above reads: Nope Tegra 4 only.

        You stated as a fact the game will be launched only on Tegra 4 devices which is incorrect.

      • apolloa

        It will be out on Tegra 3 devices a lot faster then GTA as Nvidia are backing this project in the first place! Even this article states other Tegra devices.

  • JCho133


    Y valve?

  • Lightning Storm

    If Nvidia doesn't port it to iOS, it will officially be the worst decision in human history

  • MaqueGenio

    Maybe its time for Apple to be more agressive with gaming. Because right now, its like they are not interested at all...

  • curtisrshideler

    I'd pay 3 times as much to get it on iOS. Why wouldn't they want more money?!?

  • bigjack66

    I got a game called Portalize which was a good copy but it seems to have been pulled. Pity it had decent graphics and good puzzles.

  • Stormourner

    there is an original Half-Life game for the iOS which of course is coming soon and it's not from Valve =D

  • SandmanSandlin

    Feels mighty good to have a Shield. Even if I'm like one of the only ones. lol
    iOS will always be in my heart though.

  • bored2death

    Just get it on steam. It's like way cheap...I don't understand why one would play a game on their ios when they could easily pick up on a superior platform...with better controls...and graphics... With the exception of gta San Andreas...

    • curtneedsaride

      Because it just isn't convenient to lug my PC onto the porch to play it while enjoying a good pipe. Also, can't really plug my PC in at work when I'm waiting for a meeting to begin in a conference room. And I don't really want to mess with all the cords for my PC when I'm on the toilet. And it's way more comfortable to be on my phone at 5am playing a game when I'm laying on my side next to my wife in bed. So, for me, my iPhone and iPad ARE superior consoles for my lifestyle.

      • 61050

        my phone is my only gaming device.

      • bored2death

        Valid point.

  • greatnoob

    Come on Nvidia, target Nexus 7 and Adreno 320+ development too!

    • greatnoob

      Nexus 7 (2013) w/ the S4 Pro, not the original Nexus 7 (2012) with the Tegra 3. Massive performance difference between the two.

  • surirav

    Wtf they make for android but no ios?
    Ios is much better in graphics than android and smoother.

    Why do you infinity blade and oceanhorn exclusieve for ios.

  • Barc

    If Valve won't bring or won't allow Portal to be brought to iOS, someone else will bring a Portal-like game to iOS.

    Too bad really.

  • anakinejo

    Until then I suggest playing the portal like replica portalize