CES 2013: NVIDIA Takes on Portable Gaming with Project SHIELD
January 7, 2013 1:41 AM
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NVIDIA offers up a portable Android gaming device with PC streaming capabilities
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.
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1/7/2013 2:48:00 AM
A Gameklip is a piece of plastic that attaches a phone to a gamepad. SHIELD streams PC games from your computer to a nearly 300PPI integrated display.
They aren't really comparable products.
1/8/2013 1:57:26 AM
Streaming PC games is one of the features but not the main one. If what you want to do is play Android games with a real controller (the main reason for it) GameKlip makes much more sense for people who already own a decent android phone for less than 1/10th of the cost.
Besides, the flagship android phones are already over 300PPI and the PS3 controller is probably a better controller than the one built in.
Games are downloaded through Play Store and a phone already has a data plan. If this thing is WiFi only it would limit its use on the road.
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