Project Shield Android gaming console kicks off CES 2013 with a bang
Based on Nvidia Tegra 4 with its 72 GeForce GPU cores, Project Shield has a 5-inch multi-touch 1280 x 720-pixel display attached to the controller. Inside the controller, the Tegra 4 can push out 4K video over HDMI, a state-of-the-art sound system and it runs on vanilla Android with access to standard services like Gmail.
Nvidia demonstrated games like Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Assassin’s Creed 3 and the Unreal Engine 3-based Hawken, but Project Shield would easily run all Google Play and Tegra Zone Android games. Nvidia also announced some of the first games that will be available on the device: hack-and-slash game Blood Sword: Sword of Ruin, Real Boxing, console title Burn Zombie Burn, another console game Rochard, and ARMA Tactics, a PC game crossover between a first-person shooter and strategy.
The Project Shield release date is set for Q2 2013, but sadly there is no price yet. Right now the device is in its beta and come with Wi-Fi support only and no 4G LTE for those who’d like to take it with them on the go. Expect to hear more about it soon, though, but in the meantime hit the official website of the project right below.
source: Project Shield
NVIDIA Untethers Gaming with Project SHIELD
Gaming Portable for Open Platforms Designed for Gamers
to Play When, Where, How They Want
LAS VEGAS—CES—Jan. 6, 2013—NVIDIA today announced Project SHIELD, a gaming portable for open platforms, designed for gamers who yearn to play when, where and how they want.
Created with the philosophy that gaming should be open and flexible, 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.
“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.”
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. It can be used to play on its own integrated screen or on a big screen, and on the couch or on the go.
Tegra 4 at Its Heart
At the core of Project SHIELD is the world’s fastest mobile processor, the new NVIDIA Tegra 4, which delivers enormous power from its custom 72-core GeForce GPU and the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15. These, combined with its battery-saver core and energy-saving PRISM 2 technology, deliver hours of gameplay on a single charge.
Windows and Android Games
Windows and Android are the world’s most successful computing platforms, with massive ecosystems of system and software developers. While not specifically designed for gaming, both open platforms have drawn gamers by the millions. Project SHIELD is designed to allow them to enjoy Android and Windows games in a new, exciting way.
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.
Project SHIELD’s ergonomic controller was built for the gamer who wants ultimate control and precision.
Retinal Gaming Display
Brilliant gameplay and video are provided by Project SHIELD’s integrated 5-inch, 1280×720 HD retinal multitouch display, with 294 dpi. Plus, Tegra 4 with Direct Touch technology gives it touch responsiveness that is a more consistent, accurate and smooth-flowing touch input experience than a standard touch device.
Tuned Port, Bass Reflex Portable Speaker System
Deep, rich audio is critical for a great gaming experience. And Project SHIELD provides fidelity and dynamic range never before available on a portable device, through its custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system – with twice the low-frequency output of high-end laptops.
Project SHIELD can also access Android apps such as Hulu, Netflix and Slacker Radio, so users can enjoy their movies and music anywhere without expensive, clumsy wired or wireless speakers.
Support by Leading Industry Analyst
Patrick Moorhead, president and lead analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said: “The market has waited years for a breakthrough gaming device that offers the flexibility, quality and total enjoyment of Project SHIELD. Few companies other than NVIDIA have the vision, guts and deep gaming experience to have pulled this off.”
Support by Leading Game Developers
Yves Guillemot, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ubisoft, said: “Ubisoft is always excited about new hardware developments, and Project SHIELD promises to bring both mobile and PC gamers a great new gaming experience. Seeing the PC version of Assassin’s Creed III run on the device is a great example of this, and further strengthens Ubisoft’s long-standing relationship with NVIDIA.”
Mark Rein, vice president and co-founder of Epic Games, said: “With Project SHIELD, NVIDIA brings an uncompromising, high-performance console experience to mobile devices. 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.”
Bill Wagner, chief production officer at Meteor Entertainment, said: “Coming from the openness of a PC platform, we love how accessible Project SHIELD is, and the flexibility it gives gamers everywhere. Project SHIELD gives us the cutting-edge ability to bring a huge free-to-play PC game like Hawken to the handheld gaming audience.”
Support by Broader Industry
“Shadowgun and Dead Trigger showed how Tegra can redefine mobile gaming on Android. Project SHIELD’s performance has allowed us to bring an even better experience with Dead Trigger 2,debuting first on Tegra 4 devices. Our fans are going to love it.”
– Marek Rabas, chief executive officer of MADFINGER Games
“Project SHIELD has changed how we approach mobile game development. Tegra 4 helped us create Bloodsword – a new game debuting with the highest resolution textures, graphics and shading we’ve ever seen on a portable device.”
– Seunghee Do, co-founder at OneQ Soft
“We are very excited to be part of Project SHIELD, and are quite amazed by the gaming potential of this device. Project SHIELD is by far the fastest mobile device we’ve worked on and it lets us put console quality graphics on a handheld device.”
– Stine Waern, chief executive officer at Ravn Studio AS
“Thanks to Project SHIELD’s performance, we’re able to use the same quality textures and shaders in Rochard as on the PC version. We’re super excited to bring Rochard to Project SHIELD, the first time it’s ever been playable on a mobile device.”
– Jan Achrenius, chief executive officer at Recoil Games
“Put simply, Project SHIELD is an amazing leap forward, enabling us to create console-quality visuals previously unthinkable on a mobile platform.”
– Arden Aspinall, chief executive officer and project lead at TickTock Games Ltd.
More information is available at shield.nvidia.com.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Today, its processors power a broad range of products from smartphones to supercomputers. NVIDIA’s mobile processors are used in cell phones, tablets and auto infotainment systems. PC gamers rely on GPUs to enjoy spectacularly immersive worlds. Professionals use them to create 3D graphics and visual effects in movies and to design everything from golf clubs to jumbo jets. And researchers utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science with high performance computing. The company has more than 5,000 patents issued, allowed or filed, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing. For more information, see www.nvidia.com.
7. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1104; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
it is pretty cool but I wish they had a 7 inch screen on this
9. MeoCao (unregistered)
nVidia said they wanted the console to be as small as possible. This is only 1 of the screen as you can use the console with TV or computer.
7" will not fit into this console, but by making the bezels thinner I guess 6" is possible.
13. doejon (Posts: 360; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
this is kinda useless for me when im at home
i want to play on a big screen
but if u can carry this thing everywhere its ok
3. maxis3G (unregistered)
THis will make ANDROID ROCKS!!!
6. tech2 (Posts: 2436; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
do u see this Wendy ! This is when u say TAKE MY MONEY !!!!!!!!!!
5. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
You forgot to mention it can also remote play windows games if your pc has an nvidia gtx graphics card
8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
i bought me a moga controller and its pretty awsome but this controller looks bad ass! only thing is it probably cant fit well in your pocket like the moga can.... still awesome none the less
11. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Which games have you played with it?
I'm thinking of getting one too :)
10. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
This is the best surprise unleashed by Nvidia, no one was expecting this, with no leaks earlier........ I think this will be better that Ouya console, because this can access official playstore and all it's games and apps, whereas ouya can only access games through their app store......... Now Nvidia price it competitively and you have winner here...........
12. ilia1986 (unregistered)
So.. I guess that we can all now control YouTube and Facebook with thumb sticks, eh?
16. GUNDAM (Posts: 63; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
you can :) its basically like any other android device and has its own storage too
15. buccob (Posts: 1557; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
looks pretty cool, but I wonder if the screen opens a bit further... The angle shown in all the pictures does not feel right. Should open to a 135° for a nice controller/screen position.
They should add Bluetooth to use the control for other consoles, smartphones or PC... and finally, there should be games taking advantage of the HDMI output for a dual screen use, such as the Wii U...
Maybe having the HUD, maps, or other info in the controller screen and the actual game on TV...
17. SomikSharma (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
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