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Project Shield Android gaming console kicks off CES 2013 with a bang

Project Shield Android gaming console kicks off CES 2013 with a bang
Nvidia kicked off CES big today by announcing the Nvidia Tegra 4 chip with better power efficiency and much stronger graphical performance, but in addition it brought in a surprise. The surprise came in the form of Project Shield, an Android gaming console-like solution, that is a combination of a Xbox-like game controller and a screen attached right to the gamepad, a perfect example of what the power of Tegra 4’s graphics can be used for.

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



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