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NVIDIA offers up a portable Android gaming device with PC streaming capabilities

As if Tegra 4 wasn't enough for CES 2013, NVIDIA is also dropping another bombshell on show attendees: Project SHIELD. Project SHIELD is NVIDIA's entry into the handheld gaming sector.
The handheld gaming console is a multifaceted device that is not only capable of playing any game from Google Play, but can also stream games from a PC (including STEAM games). For streaming to work, however, you must be connected via Wi-Fi and use a GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPU.
Project SHIELD is powered by Tegra 4 and comes with a 5" 720p touch display (294 ppi). It also features t also features what NVIDIA calls a "console-grade controller". The handheld console looks like an Xbox 360 controller on crack with a screen attached, but it's much more than that. Project SHIELD runs a "clean" version of Android Jelly Bean and has access to all Android games and applications.
Pricing is unknown at this time, but the device will be available during the second quarter of 2013.

So what do you guys think? Are consumers going to want to fork over money for another Android-powered gaming device (instead of a smartphone that you carry around 24-7-365) just to get physical controls built-in? Is the PC streaming option a viable option? Offer up your thoughts in the comments section.

Sources: NVIDIA [1], [2]

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RE: Super cool
By Brandon Hill on 1/7/2013 2:13:13 AM , Rating: 4
I'm still trying to think of a use for this. It has to be connected via Wi-Fi, right? If I'm in my house and want to do some hardcore gaming, I'll do it in front of the computer or TV.

As for its use as a portable gaming machine outside the home, that's what my smartphone is for. The only plus I see is the physical controls which admittedly are a great addition -- just not enough to justify carrying around two Android devices on the go (phone + Project SHIELD).

Or maybe I'm just missing the point :)

RE: Super cool
By TakinYourPoints on 1/7/2013 2:20:23 AM , Rating: 3
I don't think you're missing the point, its that the purpose and market is very specific.

I'm in a similar spot though, if I play a game away from home it'll be on my iPhone or (more often) iPad. If I want to play a PC game away from home then it'll be with a mouse and keyboard on my laptop. However, if I was into console ports (and I really am not these days, my main games being hardcore PC games like SC2 and DOTA 2) then this would be perfect for Assassins Creed 3 or Batman: AC, games like that.

Cool tech either way, and I really do like how it is one of the few mobile devices built around a gamepad.

RE: Super cool
By Labotomizer on 1/7/2013 8:46:07 AM , Rating: 3
If the Xbox tablet turns out to be real it's a better alternative. Especially if it will play 360 games. Then you could use the tablet with an Xbox wireless controller, larger screen, etc.

Then there's the NVidia only GPU issue on the PC. I've got a pair of 6850s at home, I have no intention of replacing those anytime soon. And not so I can play Skyrim downstairs on a 5" screen...

RE: Super cool
By BenSkywalker on 1/7/2013 8:51:51 AM , Rating: 2
How about replacing your potential HTPC?

If you have a Miracast display, or an Ouya, you can simply sit down on the couch using this as a remote that in essence will give you HTPC functionality without the limitations of the SFF or the costs associated with it.

RE: Super cool
By cknobman on 1/7/2013 10:09:57 AM , Rating: 2
I think the purpose for this is to let Nvidia show the public how out of touch they are with reality and the market.

This will be in the running for biggest fail of 2013 and possibly the decade.

RE: Super cool
By Ammohunt on 1/7/2013 1:56:23 PM , Rating: 2
I agree wonder how games that were designed for a touch screen interface translate to a controller? The market for devices like this are slim to none otherwise the PSP would be everywhere instead of multifunction devices like tablets.

RE: Super cool
By jRaskell on 1/7/2013 10:38:36 AM , Rating: 2
It's capable of playing any game off Google Play. I assume you have to be connected to Wifi to download the game, but excluding online games I don't see why you'd have to be connected to Wifi to play the game. None of the non-online games on my cellphone require a connection to the net to play them.

The streaming feature though, I really don't see any use for that at all.

RE: Super cool
By ET on 1/7/2013 10:52:04 AM , Rating: 2
It's not for everyone, sure. For me it's great, because I often play while watching over the kids, or sitting next to their beds and such. That's why I'm playing mostly on my Nexus 7, and I actually tried streaming games from my PC (which didn't work all that great).

I can also see this as useful for people who want to play hardcore games on the god. That's what handheld consoles often try to achieve. I played a little Shadowgun and Wild Blood on my Nexus 7, and I'm sure they'd play better with a controller. I'm sure the Shield could natively run satisfying console style action games. Having that on the road and the addition of AAA PC titles while at home could be a very nice combination.

Another use for it is as an HTPC replacement. I have an HTPC that's capable of some gaming, but its hardware is rather weak. A powerful HTPC takes some space, and might not be a good fit for every living room. Being able to stream the games from my main PC would mean I could play the games at higher quality and better frame rate on my TV.

I can't say how many people will find it as convincing as I do. Perhaps not the majority of gamers, but maybe enough for the Shield to sell well.

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