NVIDIA, the California based tech company famous for its graphics processing units is launching its own portable gaming console in the market dubbed as ‘Project Shield’. The device is powered by ‘pure’ Android OS and packs a very powerful punch in terms of hardware specs. NVIDIA has officially announced Project Shield at CES 2013 which is currently going in full swing at Las Vegas.
The unveiling of an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered gaming console took everyone by surprise in the industry as the gadget offers some serious social networking, video, and audio playback along with hardcore gaming. You can even utilize Steam’s Big Picture Mode and stream a game running on your PC via WiFi (provided the PC is fitted with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX card). Gamers can also stream the output of a game running on Shield to displays of up to 4K resolution (cool isn’t it?).
Project Shield sports 5-inch capacitive touch flip-up screen with a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 @294 dpi (yes it’s a 720p ‘retinal display’). NVIDIA claims that Shield has ‘console grade controls’ which mean proper full-size buttons, dual analog sticks, and a D-pad. The battery can allow gamers to enjoy gaming up to 5-10 hours.
Shield has the ability to run some really interesting apps such as Hulu, Netflix and a number of games from the Google Play store. It also has a Micro USB, Micro SD slot and an HDMI output.
The most exciting news for the gaming community is the use of NVIDIA’s latest mobile processor – Tegra 4 – in Project Shield as it is a really powerful chip and can deliver high-end performance (it is six times more potent than Tegra 3).
As of now no official date or price has been released but as per the report from Forbes, Project Shield will be released sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2013 at an unknown price (as per the specs and abilities of the gadget, it is safe to assume a pretty hefty price).
Check out the official demo of the device embedded below:
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