CES: Nvidia Introduces Project Shield Android Gaming Handheld
Nvidia has introduced Project Shield, an Android-based gaming handheld. The system uses the company’s new Tegra 4 processor and is housed within a controller with a flip-up screen, complete with its own integrated sound system and the complete array of controls you’d find on a traditional console controller. It features an HDMI port for video output, micro-USB for accessories and docks, and a microSD port for expandable storage. While the exact specs are still forthcoming, Project Shield has a 5-inch 720p HD display. The system, Nvidia says, is “pure Android,” which gives it unhindered access to the standard Android interface, as well as apps and games from the Google Play store.
Harnessing the power of Tegra 4, Nvidia demonstrated the system outputting HD video and realtime games to a 4K display with no framerate lag or degradation.
Using software built by Nvidia, the Shield provides remote access to the games installed on your gaming PC at home, including Steam titles. Users can play any PC game on the Shield from anywhere within the same local Wi-Fi network.
Pricing has yet to be revealed, but Nvidia says Project Shield will ship in Q2 of this year. We’ll be getting hands-on time with Project Shield later this week, so stay tuned to IGN.com/CES for updates.
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By Scott Lowe