Hello, Project Shield: Nvidia’s Tegra 4-Powered Handheld Console
The Consumer Electronics Show hasn’t officially started yet, and there are already surprises to be had.
Nvidia held its CES press conference late Sunday night, and the evening ended with quite the product unveiling. After taking specifics about its new Tegra 4 platform – Nvidia’s new quad-core SoC with 72 GPU cores and an integrated LTE radio – the GPU powerhouse took the wraps off of its new mobile console, dubbed “Project Shield.”
Project Shield is a Tegra 4-powered handheld, complete with a five inch 720p display. The guts of the console are housed in the controller body, with the I/O (micro SD, HDMI, USB, audio) on the back panel between the trigger buttons. Shield is an Android device, offering a largely vanilla Jelly Bean experience at the moment. As far as gaming goes, the Shield will be able to access Nvidia’s Tegra Zone along with the Google Play store. If you’re more interested in PC games (and everyone here is, I’m pretty sure), Shield will be able to connect with your PC over a wireless network, allowing you to stream games via Steam through your PC onto the handheld. And with the Shield hooked up to your HDTV at home, you’ll be playing Steam games in the family room without the need to hook up a traditional gaming PC to the TV.
In short: Nvidia might have just solved the whole PC-gaming-on-the-TV problem.
Nvidia claims Shield, which is rumored for Q2 2013 release, will get 5-10 hours of battery life while gaming, or up to 24 hours of video playback. Game Front is sitting down with Nvidia later this week, and we’ll be sure to squat in the Nvidia CES booth until they let us play with a Shield. We’ll keep you posted!
Game Front was on-site at CES 2013 (January 8-11), covering all the latest gaming gadgets. Check out all of our CES 2013 news, previews and features.