Nvidia’s Project Shield is a 5-inch gaming system, with a touch screen
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Call us surprised at this one, but it looks like Nvidia has taken a leap of faith in the portable gaming market and come out with what they’re calling ‘Project Shield’. To those of you familar with gaming, this looks very much like an Xbox 360 controller with a screen thrown in (lawsuit?), but the reality is that it’s much more than that.
Project Shield is powered by Nvidia’s new Tegra 4 processor (which Nvidia are calling the most powerful mobile processor, beating out Apple’s A6X iPad 4 processor by quite a bit) which should give quite a bit of grunt to this controller/console. Also included is advanced sound processors, capable of competing with Beats Audio found in Laptops, a 33Wh battery which should supposedly give 5 to 10 hours of battery life for games, and nearly 24 hours of battery life for HD Video Playback. Speaking of HD, Project Shiled features a 5-inch HD (so 720p resolution) 10 point multi-touch display with a PPI fo 296 and there’s also a Micro SD slot for expanding the unannounced storage. The Cherry on the icing here is that it runs Pure Android (meaning no crappy skins or themes) and it will have access to Google Play as well (Google App’s Store).
If your question is ‘what else does it bring to the party’, then we’re glad you asked! PS (Project Shield) allows you play every single Android game (obviously) but it also allows you to stream games from a home Windows based PC (since Android’s OS isn’t really big on the desktop) from any PC equipped with a GTX 650 graphics card or higher. This includes Steam games while on the go. How streaming will work, will probably depend on your home’s Wi-Fi (LAN) and we’re not quite sure if you can stream games once you leave the house as well.
Another point to consider is if the streaming will be restricted to PC’s with Nvidia graphic card’s or AMD enabled PC’s can join in the fun. If not, then they’re losing out on a good chunk of potential customers who won’t be able to use the full potential of PS.
Our thoughts? We think it’s an interesting piece of gadgetry. It’s certainly something different, but we doubt we will trade in our phones and/or PC’s for this any time soon. The Hardware looks decent, but is it really enough to get people to purchase it? Well apart from the Android haters out there, it might just come down to Pricing, which Nvidia unfortunately decided not to announce though they did say PS will be out in Q2 of this year so there’s not long to wait!
Other than that, check out the source link for more information and a video.
Source: The Verge