Nvidia's open-platform games system a big draw at CES 2013
Nvidia has announced Project Shield, a portable games console clipped onto the top of a controller.
Project Shield is compatible with both Android and PC titles. As an Android device it can access games on the Google Play store. When used as a wireless controller it can stream games from Nvidia-powered PCs, allowing it to send Steam games to anywhere in the home.
Making use of Nvidia's Tegra 4 technology, the Shield has impressive specifications. On the inside it also has a quad-core ARM processor, the Cortex-A15. Nvidia is quoting 'hours' of gameplay, but wouldn't be drawn on specifics with regards battery life.
In order to be used as a streaming device for PC games, it requires a computer with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 GPU or higher.
The device looks much like an Xbox controller with a screen attached. Nvidia has squeezed a resolution of 1280 by 720 into the 5in touchscreen display. It also has speakers for immersive gaming on the go. Project Shield can also access Android apps such as Hulu and Netflix, so can be used to watch catch-up TV and films.
Major gaming companies including Ubisoft and Epic Games have thrown their support behind the new device, describing it as a "great new gaming experience".
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