A lot of exciting things are happening over at the Consumer Electronics Show which is currently held at Las Vegas. Various companies are showing off their upcoming products and technologies and one of these is Nvidia. The company has showcased what they call Project Shield which is a portable Android gaming device soon to be released in the market.
Project Shield can be described as a gaming controller with a 5 inch screen attached to it. Aside from playing Android games the device allows you to stream the games on your PC to your TV via Wi-Fi. You will also be able to run Steam on it.
A demo was made on stage showing Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang playing Assassin’s Creed III which was done over Steam. Steam’s Big Picture Mode was also demonstrated which was done from the PC streamed to a big screen TV via the controller. Not all games on PC will be compatible with the controller though but the company promised to release a full list of compatible games once the release date of the device is near.
This device uses a Tegra 4 processor and has an HDMI port which you can connect an external TV or the 5 inch 720p display. There’s also a microSD slot, 3.5 mm audio jack and an audio out port. If you don’t have any headphones with you then that’s not a problem since there is also a build in speaker system that’s powerful. A pair of batteries is used to power it, which the company claims can provide between 5 to 10 hours of gameplay.
Nvidia says that this upcoming console will work in tandem with their Nvidia Grid technology which is basically a cloud-based gaming system.
No word yet as to how much this is going to cost but the company says that it will start selling this in the U.S. market on the second quarter of this year.