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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 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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