Nvidia has just announced Project Shield, a new gaming console that looks like a controller attached to a 5 inch HD screen. It runs on Android and can stream games right off your PC as well.
Everybody might be on the edge of their seats regarding the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox 720, but the console race has just gotten off to an unexpected start. Having just wrapped up their CES conference, Nvidia officially announced Project Shield, a portable gaming console that looks and wants to be a major player on the field.
Looking like a standard PS3 or Xbox 360 controller attached to a small screen, Project Shield is powered by a custom 72-core Nvidia A15 GeForce GPU and features a 5-inch 720p retinal multi-touch display, integrated speakers, wi-fi connectivity and the Android operating system. It’s also designed to interface as a controller with an Nvidia GPU-equipped PC, allowing you to play games from your couch.
“Project Shield was created by Nvidia engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play. We were inspired by a vision that the rise of mobile and cloud technologies will free us from our boxes, letting us game anywhere, on any screen. 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,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of Nvidia (as captured by GamesIndustry).
No word yet on what the device will cost. A post on the official GeForce website lists a tentative release window of Q2 2013. “It will first launch in the US and Canada, with a worldwide rollout to follow. Pricing and final specs will be unveiled closer to availability.”
More as it becomes available.