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Veteran graphics card manufacturer Nvidia has announced a foray into the gaming console hardware market with Project SHIELD.  The SHIELD will allow gamers instant access to Android market games and also stream more sophisticated big name gaming titles from their GTX enabled PCs.

Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show now on in Las Vegas is Nvidia corp’s Project SHIELD

SHIELD is essentially a portable gaming screen and game controller fused together, it looks very much like (and has the same button layout) as an after-market Xbox 360 controller.  

The plan is to provide a high-powered hand-held gaming device that gives gamers the flexibility of choice and mobility that we enjoy with the digital revolution of music and movies.  

At the heart of SHIELD is the new Tegra 4, powered by a quad core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and 72 custom GPU cores – 6x the GPU horsepower of its predecessor. Through its second-generation battery saver core and PRISM 2 Display technology, Nvidia believe the Tegra 4 will provide hours of gameplay on a single charge.

“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 CEO of 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 split personality of the SHIELD will allow owners to instantly download Android based titles (the screen is multi touch, or games can be played using the controller) and also streamed via an PC equipped with a Nvidia GTX card sporting a library of STEAM owned games.

Furthermore the SHIELD has a HDMI output that at CES was shown pumping graphics out to a 4K enabled TV, Nvidia has also announced intentions to allow low-latency wireless streaming of the graphical output to large screens.

Other technical aspects of Project SHIELD are:

5” Retinal Display
SHIELD flips open to an integrated 5” 1280x720 HD multi-touch display. With 294 dpi and 921,600 pixels, SHIELD has the highest resolution and pixel density of any handheld gaming device. In addition, Tegra 4’s Direct Touch technology gives SHIELD touch response three times faster than other touch devices.

Ported Speaker System

Speakers on gaming handhelds have been mediocre at best. Not so with SHIELD. SHIELD’s speakers are custom designed to take advantage of the controller’s deep body. In addition to left and right speakers, two tuned ports provide exceptional bass response. The resulting sound is full and rich, a step above even many high-end laptops.

SHIELD is expected to ship in Q2 of 2013. It will first launch in the US and Canada, with a worldwide rollout to follow. Pricing and final specs will be unveiled closer to availability

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