A 5″ Android gaming device that can also stream any PC game via Wi-Fi.
At CES 2013, NVIDIA unveiled its first venture into the gaming handheld market with Project Shield, 5-inch “pure” Android gaming device that can not only play Android games but also stream any PC game to it.
Boasting a “console-grade” game controller and an impressive 5-10 hour battery life, Project Shield can push 720p graphics, as well as 4K video and games straight to an external display. Project Shield will sport NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 mobile processor, which the company claims is six times faster than Tegra 3. The chip can fuel resolution of upto 2560×1600 and 1080p at 120Hz. It’s also the first Tegra to support 4G LTE and use ARM’s new Cortex A15 architecture.
The handheld will be customizable through its back panel, which will allow various skins to appiled. This is where the “Sheild” part of the name comes from. The back panel also carries an HDMI port, microSD slot, and a 3.5mm jack.
The most interesting part about the handheld is that it can stream any PC game via Wi-Fi, including Steam titles. This will only be possible if the user has an NVIDIA GeForce GPU in their PC. Users can also play their PC games on any TV through the HDMI port without actually being near to the PC, as long as a Wi-Fi connection exists. This is a great Wii U like solution for users who may want to play their games away from their PC, or do not want to build a separate PC to play it on their TV.
There is no word on pricing or availability, but NVIDIA has said that the device still needs a bit of polish before it’s ready for release.