Nvidia introduces Project Shield gaming device, powered by Tegra 4 and Android

Daniel Bader

January 7, 2013 7:34am

Alongside the Tegra 4, Nvidia has introduced Project Shield, a gaming device that runs Android and is powered by Tegra 4.

Nvidia truly believes that Android is a gaming force to be reckoned with, and is at a considerable advantage of other OEMs due to the presence of its own Tegra Zone gaming portal. Project Shield incorporates a 5-inch 720p display and a gamepad that looks to be a cross between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controllers. It also has high-quality stereo speakers and high-quality 2×2 MIMO WiFi, an HDMI port, all running on stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

But Project Shield doesn’t end there; despite having its own incredible graphical abilities, it will be able to hook into Steam and play supported games from PCs running Kepler-level graphics cards — that’s GTX 660 and above — over a Local Area Network. Nvidia’s CEO demonstrated Assassin’s Creed 3, downloaded from Steam, playing on the portable gaming system. The CPU/GPU combination on the desktop does all of the processing work — think a local OnLive — and Shield merely plays it back in (hopefully) real time. It supports Steam’s Big Picture mode and will allow purchases on the device itself. Games supported at launch via Steam will be Assassin’s Creed 3, Battlefield 3, Borderlands 2, Portal 2, and Skyrim, among others.

Nvidia also says that future software will allow the Shield to stream content, including games, music, movies and whatever else wirelessly to a connected television.

Inside Project Shield, a 33Whr battery will keep it going for 5-10 hours of gaming and 24 hours of video playback. It will hit Canadian shores in Q2 of this year, though pricing and specific availability has not been revealed just yet.

Source: Nvidia
Via: The Verge

  • cybik

    AOSP gaming handheld console. Let’s see if it fares better than the XPeria Play.

    [read: nVidia, shut up and take my money]

  • Bill Murray

    Thanks nvidia but I think I’ll play on my 60″ Led instead.

    • Sean

      Thats why it had HDMI out

  • Graham

    You know, this is pretty darn neat. I likely won’t get one, but I like seeing innovation and competition in this market. The Steam integration is very interesting.

  • Wilbour

    If this could play Steam on the big screen my son will be all over this. It’s the price that will make the differance. I am sure it will be $200 or more but if it was closer to $150 it would be a hit.

    • blah

      More. Much much more.

  • Ron Mexico

    Sold! Where do I send my money?

  • Johnnnnnny5

    Damn that’s one ugly device. Excellent concept though. If they can make it nicer with the ability for the screen to fold under for protection (and to avoid distractions while playing) I’d be all over this.

  • Greg

    If this handheld console plays games like Skyrim beautifully then I’m sold. I hope it’s light enough to hold for more than a couple hours too.

  • Imrightyourewrong

    Screw all these Android hobby projects! Greed only begets more greed.

    The greed of Nvidia, and all these other companies to jump on the Android bandwagon is such a mess, and the funniest/saddest part is that MOST companies who sell Android products are doing POORLY financially speaking.

    • Imrightyourewrong

      Hahaha thumb me down all you want lemmings. You actually think Android helps companies financially thrive and make money?? Hahahaha

      Only Samsung is making money on Android, everyone else is struggling badly, and even HTC is just barely getting by financially.

      Almost all of Nvidia’s financial wealth has and continues to come from their Windows hardware sales.

    • Biff Tannen

      Android isn’t the reason the other companies are having problems, Samsung is! To many, many people Samsung is the king of the hill phone maker these days. I just upgraded to a Nexus 4 from a Galaxy S and if the Nexus 4 wasn’t around I probably would’ve gotten an S3.

  • Techni

    “think a local OnLive”

    think of it as identical to RemotePlay on PS3.

  • Graham

    Agreed! I’m eagerly awaiting my Kickstarter Backer console! very excited!