NVIDIA has announced Project Shield, which will be a powerful, mobile gaming device that offers a pure Android interface.
It will feature the following specs:
- NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor (first device to have it)
- 5-inch Built-in 720p retinal display touchscreen
- 5-10 hours of gameplay
- 24 hours of HD video playback
- Bass reflex system for great audio
- Console-like gaming controller (with joysticks, d-pads, everything)
- Stock Android interface (looks like Android 4.2 Jelly Bean)
- 33Wh battery
- Audio jack
- MicroSD card slot
The Shield is capable of playing PC quality games, and is also capable of mulitplayer game-play. In the demonstration, the Shield is shown to be capable of pumping out 4k resolution video to a LG TV screen.
To access the Shield’s gaming UI, all you have to do is press the NVIDIA button on the center of the controller. You also have access to Steam’s “Big Picture” program, which allows you to play the games in your Steam library straight from the Shield.
This feature is meant to appeal to PC users who want to play their games away from their PC’s and onto their Shield, or onto their television sets. NVIDIA demonstrated this feature with a Need For Speed demo, and it worked flawlessly. No lag or hiccups (except for the technical difficulties they experienced setting the device up). NVIDIA also demoed Assassin’s Creed III, which also plays flawlessly.
You can play almost any game in your Steam library on the Shield, as long as the Shield is wirelessly connected to your PC. If you don’t play games on Steam, you can still download games via NVIDIA’s TegraZone.
NVIDIA’s shield connects to the TV via HDMI, but in the future it will be able to stream to the TV wirelessly through airplay.
The NVIDIA Shield looks like a promising device. It packs amazing specs, and is capable of high-end gaming. It’s meant to define the future of gaming, drawing all types of gamers to the device.
NVIDIA’s goal is to allow you to play your games at any time, at any place, and on any screen. There was no pricing or info of availability released about NVIDIA’s shield, but when it comes out, I’ll be buying it. What are your thoughts on Project Shield?