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 12:44:50 PM
My first post here, so here goes...
As an avid gamer, both console, PC and portable, this definitely looks promising! For one, I imagine the battery life is more like a tablet than the average smartphone. Except for simple card games, my Galaxy S3 chews up the juice on any graphically decent games.... not ideal when you are on the road etc. Also, check out the speakers on that thing! Very likely a considerable improvement over your average tablet or smart phone. Last, the way the controller and screen are integrated into one product makes it more convenient for travel, as opposed to bringing along some sort of separate controller for your tablet/smart phone. So, yes, if it comes to market it will likely earn my hard earned coin.
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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