NVIDIA Unveils Tegra 4 CPU on Android and “Project Shield”

NVIDIA Project Shield | Project Shield Official Website

NVIDIA Project Shield | Project Shield Official Website

Last Monday, NVIDIA surprised the people at CES 2013 by taking the wraps off of their new devices—the “Project Shield”. The device is a hybrid game console with a dedicated controller and screen. It runs on Android operating system can stream PC games wirelessly. As stated on the product’s official website:

Take your gaming anywhere with Project Shield, a gaming portable designed for gamers who yearn to play when, where and how they want. With the advanced processing power of NVIDIA Tegra 4, a full-size game controller, breakthrough Wi-Fi technology, and stunning HD video and audio, Project Shield redefines what gaming can be.

Know More About NVIDIA’s Project Shield

NVIDIA’s Power Shield is powered by their latest Tegra 4 mobile processor, which is a quad-core chip based on ARM’s Cortex A15 reference design. The device, on its own, plays Android games from Google Play.

It can also stream Windows PC games that are powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs. This includes titles on Valve’s Steam platform. As stated by NVIDIA’s co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsung Huang:

Project Shield was created by NVIDIA engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play. 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 way. We hope other gamers love Shield as much as we do.

Features, Pricing and Availability

Aside from Google Play, Android titles optimized for Project Shield will also be available on NVIDIA’s TegraZone game store. On the other hand, streaming Windows PC games requires an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 or higher.

Project Shield features a 5-inch touchscreen, and the 1280 x 720 display packs 294 pixels per inch. The company referred to the screen as “retinal” display, clearly taking influence from Apple’s Retina Display.

Although NVIDIA did not disclose the pricing and availability of the device, Project Shield is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2013. The company also assures that they won’t be selling the console at a loss. That’s because they are on a raw hardware basis and not in the game development or publishing business.

That said, they can retain the console’s profit for themselves. Project Shield’s tech spec is listed below:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 4
  • Controller
  • Multi-touch Display
  • Integrated Speakers
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Android Jelly Bean

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