LAS VEGAS – Nvidia, renowned graphics processor manufacturer, announced Project Shield, an Android-based portable video game system powered by the company’s new Tegra 4 platform.
Project Shield plays Google Play Android games (including Android-optimized titles in the Nvidia TegraZone game store), but also acts as a wireless receiver and controller so it can stream games running on PCs featuring Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs (650 or higher). It can also access Steam libraries. The confirmed supported games include Assassin’s Creed III, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Hawken, Portal 2, and Skyrim. Words from Nvidia:
“Project Shield was created by Nvidia engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer at Nvidia. “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. We hope other gamers love Shield as much as we do.”
The handheld features an integrated 5-inch, 1280×720 HD multi-touch display(with 294 dpi) and Tegra 4′s Direct Touch technology that Nvidia claims offers a more intuitive touch experience. Besides playing games, Project Shield can also access the expected Android entertainment apps such as Hulu, Netflix, and Slacker Radio.
Project Shield is expected to ship Q2 2013 in America and Canada. A worldwide roll out will follow. Nvidia hasn’t released pricing information at this time.
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