Project Shield Revealed By Nvidia At CES

Video card manufacturer Nvidia has revealed a new portable games console, currently named Project Shield, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Comprised of a traditional controller and a five-inch screen, the new console not only runs Android games, but can also stream Windows PC games if that system utilizes an Nvidia GTX graphics card.

"Project Shield combines the advanced processing power of Nvidia Tegra 4, breakthrough game-speed Wi-Fi technology and stunning HD video and audio built into a console-grade controller," a statement from the manufacturer read.

Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO at Nvidia had more to say:

"Project Shield was created by Nvidia engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play. 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," he concluded.

The presentation also revealed some interesting technical specifications. The device includes Nvidia's powerful Tegra 4 chip, described by Nvidia as the world's fastest mobile processor, and features a custom 72 core GeForce GPU and the first quad-core use of ARM's Cortex A-15. The 5-inch multitouch screen offers a 1280x720 HD resolution.

Mark Rein of Epic Games, creators of the hugely popular Infinity Blade iOS franchise, was enthusiastic about the device:

"With Project Shield, Nvidia brings an uncompromising, high-performance console experience to mobile devices," he said.

"Amazing games including Real Boxing and Hawken, which utilize the latest Unreal Engine technology, look fantastic on Project Shield. This is just the beginning, and we're truly excited to see what more Unreal Engine developers will do with so much horsepower in such a compact gaming device."

We've yet to hear any details about price or a release window for Project Shield, but we'll be keeping a close eye on developments.


Source: GamesIndustry International