News breaking moments ago out of CES indicates that NVIDIA are about to move out of the graphics hardware market and into the general gaming hardware market, deploying a prototype of what they’re calling ‘Project Shield’, a handheld Android gaming console.
Project Shield is said to be able to play ‘PC quality games’ and is running on an NVIDIA Tegra processor capable of 4K resolution video playback. The battery claims 5-10 hours of play time or 24 hours of HD video playback, and the screen is a 720p retinal multi-touch display that folds over the controller inputs in a clamshell-like design. Controller inputs are standard, incorporating a dual control-stick setup and four action buttons.
NVIDIA have just sent through some official details, and it seems the main selling point for PC gamers is this: “Created with the philosophy that gaming should be open and flexible, Project SHIELD flawlessly plays both Android and PC titles.”
“As a pure Android device, it gives access to any game on Google Play. And as a wireless receiver and controller, it can stream games from a PC powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs, accessing titles on its STEAM game library from anywhere in the home.”
Source: The Verge