NVIDIA Announces Project Shield, A Portable Gaming Console.

Want an Android powered gaming device; well you have another option in form of NVIDIA Project Shield. Announced minutes ago at the NVIDIA CES press meet, Project Shield comes with support for both Android games as well as PC games.

“Project SHIELD flawlessly plays both Android and PC titles. As a pure Android device, it gives access to any game on Google Play. And as a wireless receiver and controller, it can stream games from a PC powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs, accessing titles on its STEAM game library from anywhere in the home,” company noted in a press release.

This portable comes with NVIDIA’s brand new Tegra 4 processor at the core, micro SD card slot, HDMI out, USB port, and a 5-inch 1280x720p display along with dual control sticks, a D-pad, and multiple action buttons.

Being an Android device running on Jelly Bean, it can do pretty much everything that your normal Android tablet or phone can do, apart from support for cellular networks. But what makes it more interesting is the support for PC games.

Here is how NVIDIA explains this feature

Project SHIELD can instantly download Android games, including Android-optimized titles available on NVIDIA’s TegraZone game store, which has already delivered more than 6 million downloads to gamers. It can also be used as a wireless game receiver to a nearby PC equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 GPU or higher.

From the looks of the Project Shield seems like a nice device, but will consumers throw their money at NVIDIA for it, remains to be seen.

According to NVIDIA, Project Shield should be available in Q2 in US and Canadian markets, but the pricing still remains elusive.

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