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Nvidia Unveils New Portable Gaming Device

by Matthew Kato on Jan 07, 2013 at 03:38 AM

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.