Nvidia Announces Project Shield
The Consumer Electronics Show is happening right now in Las Vegas, and as always Death’s Door Prods is not there and is behind by about three days on all the news there. Like this little gem about Nvidia’s new Android handheld system.
During their press conference at CES, Nvidia announced that they will be releasing a dedicated gaming handheld system they are calling Project Shield. Looking like someone superglued the top screen of a DS onto a Chinese knockoff 360 controller, the handheld is based on the company’s newly announced Tegra 4 mobile chip and have a 5-10 hour battery life.
The system will be running “pure Android,” as they put it, which probably means no Nvidia skin. It has a microSD card slot and two output options, micro USB and HDMI. It also supports 4K output if your display does. If you don’t want to output the display and want to play on the handheld itself, Shield has a 5″ touchscreen capable of 720p at 294dpi.
Nvidia said that Shield has “console-grade controls,” presumably meaning they are using sticks and buttons from console controllers and not the sub-par buttons and sticks on other handhelds.
Since the system is running on Android, Shield will have access to all of the games in the Google Play store as well as apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Facebook. But it can also run PC games. Shield can stream games directly from your PC to the controller, allowing you to play them on the handheld itself or output it to your monitor. The system also works with Steam’s Big Picture Mode.
No price or release date has been set for Project Shield.