The lights are on
At CES 2013, Nvidia announced Project Shield – a new portable gaming device that plays Android and PC titles.
The all-in-one controller and screen device (which uses the company's new Tegra 4 mobile processor) plays any Android game on Google Play and Nvidia TegraZone, as well as PC games using Nvidia's GeForce GTX GPUs or higher streamed from a nearby PC and on Steam. Android apps such as Hulu and Netflix can also be accessed.
You can play games on the 5-inch, 1280x720 HD retinal multi-touch display or throw them to your regular TV – including utilizing Steam's Big Picture mode.
Ubisoft and Epic have already voiced support for the platform, name-checking compatible titles such as Assassin's Creed III and Hawken, respectively. At CES, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang also demonstrated Need for Speed: Most Wanted at the show, which Engadget says was "really impressive" in its lag-free gameplay.
The controller itself (with the standard four bumpers, face buttons, d-pad, and two analog sticks) has HDMI, headphone, and mini-USB outs, as well as a microSD memory slot. It also contains its own speaker system.
According to Nvidia, Project Shield is capable of "hours of gameplay on a single charge" via an internal battery, with Engadget reporting up to 10 hours of gaming and 24 hours of video playback.
Project Shield is expected to come out in the second quarter of this year, but no price has been announced.
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Damn. I'm getting this when I have money to spare.
Everyone wants a piece of that Ouya pie, but this actually looks interesting... Sounds great for emulating those classic games on the go.
Wonder how far it can stream from. My PC in my room is only 20 feet from my living room, through one wall. Wonder if it would work on my TV?
They also showed Dead Trigger 2. And this device would be amazing if only pc stuff wasn't so freaking expensive!
Sounds interesting.. but that controller... eughhh
Forgive me, but this looks ugly as sin and about as portable as a toaster. But until this goes up for sale and fails, you know they won't show one shred doubt about this product.
Pretty cool. I guarantee it's going to have a hefty price point though.
...Or you can just use your Android?
Nvidia... Portable of console... I'm game, although I am murky on the stream games aspect. Allow me to install my pc games and I will buy two on launch day.
Not much of a mobile gamer except when I'm stressing over why my monthly wallet balance doesn't add up with my receipts...