NVIDIA announces Project Shield will start shipping in Q2 2013 [CES 2013]
Arguably one of the most exciting news from CES 2013 could the announcement of Project Shield by NVIDIA. Project Shield is a portable gaming device which runs on vanilla Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it is powered by the latest NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor.
The company has already announced that it claims the Tegra 4 to be the fastest mobile quad-core processor which is based on the Cortex ARM A15 architecture and has 72 GPU cores. The device has its own ‘Shield’ button which toggles between its Android UI and the Tegra Zone where one can get the games.
A really interesting feature seems to be the ability where Windows PC users can stream games from a NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU powered computers and also access the Steam Store from anywhere around the computer.
Project Shield features console-like controllers/buttons and has physical joysticks. The device has a 5-inch display with 1280×720 pixels resolution and pixel density of 294ppi. It includes a 38WHr battery which the company claims will power it for 10 hours of gaming or 24 hours of video playback. It is also the first mobile device which can be hooked up to a 4K resolution display.
Apart from all its gaming capabilities, the device can be used as any other Android device with full access to the Google Play Store. Project Shield has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n connectivity capabilities.
The pricing for Project Shield has not yet being disclosed but speculation on the web suggest it to be easily priced over $400. The device is been expected to start shipping in Q2 2013.