Graphics and mobile processor giant nVidia has recently wowed attendees of CES 2013 by unveiling their newest project, dubbed the nVidia Shield. The Shield is an ambitious 5-inch handheld gaming device powered by nVidia’s Tegra 4 processor and driven by a skinless build of Android.
The nVidia Shield offers console-level controls, as the handheld itself is shaped much like an Xbox 360 controller (the green/black color scheme doesn’t help in removing any comparisons), with it’s own foldable/clamshell type LCD screen. The Tegra 4 ensures that it has enough horsepower to play console-level games in terms of graphics and depth. The android OS also provides access to the Google store, making this a good competitor to the Ouya console. The handheld also has the ability to play the latest PC games by streaming from a PC with the latest nVidia gaming card (functioning like a wireless controller with a built-in screen).
Nvidia states that this isn’t a mere concept, and that the product is expected to ship during Q2 2013. But it will most likely have a different name once it hits the market. The Shield’s presentation experienced a few hiccups during live demo, but it managed to show off that it can successfully stream Need for Speed from a PC to a 4K television. NVidia also announced that The Shield will be able to access nearly 2000 games via Valve’s Steam service, including Assassin’s Creed III, which played silky smooth on the device.