Graphics giant NVIDIA revealed their steps into the portable gaming market with what is currently called “Project SHIELD” which was revealed at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. The device boasts remarkably incredible features and features NVIDIA’s new TEGRA 4 chip and run Google’s open-source Android Jelly Bean operating system.
According to NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, he was inspired by the speedy growth of mobile technologies including the increasing interest in portable gaming.
We imagined a device that would do for games what the iPod and Kindle have done for music and books, letting us play in a cool new way.
Project SHIELD features a quad-core A15 CPU with a striking 72-core Graphics Processing Unit. It sports a 5-inch 1280×720 multi-touch flipping screen and a familiar type of controller interface placing two analog sticks together like PlayStation and ABXY and 4-shoulder/trigger buttons like Xbox, along with its own special keys. Behind this bulk are HDMI, MicroUSB and MicroSD slots. It will also feature multiplayer over 802.11n Wi-Fi and its ‘custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system’ aims to deliver the best sound in a portable device. Now here’s something different, Project SHIELD will support the new 4k resolution AKA ‘Ultra HD’ meaning either 3840×2160 or 4096×2160 resolution which is almost 4 times the 1080p (1920×1080) resolution. Now, not only will it support all Android and its own ‘TegraZone’ standalone games, one of its key features is game streaming directly from a PC (that is, a PC with a Kepler-based Graphics card like the GTX650). So, you can actually move around the house while playing the latest PC games. Some demoed games were Assassin’s Creed III, Battlefield 3, Hawken and Skyrim. You can guess the device’s power solely by the fact that it can even stream the heavy-visual prestige ‘Battlefield 3’. And need not worry about latency issues, according to NVIDIA, the 802.11n 2xMIMO Wi-Fi provides high-bandwidth, ultra-fast wireless for no-lag gaming. Like other portable devices, it will also feature TV streaming services like NetFlix and Hulu Plus. Currently, the release date and price is unknown but stay tuned on our blog to know as soon as any word on price or release date is heard. Currently known features are summarized below,
GeForce GPU with 72-coresQuad-Core ARM Cortex A15 CPU
4k Ultra HD support
5-inch Retinal 720p multi-touch screen
Custom Bass Reflex, Tuned Port Audio System
802.11n 2xMIMO Wi-Fi Support
Android Jelly Bean OS
Game streaming including support for Steam and Steam Big Picture
HDMI, MicroSD, MicroUSB ports
2 Analog Sticks, 4 shoulder buttons
Interested? So are we. Stay tuned here for more updates on Project SHIELD! Here are some YouTube videos to spruce up the awesomeness,