CES Reveal Aims To Bridge Portable & Home Gaming Experiences
It’s the biggest week of the year in terms of technology news, and Nvidia has kicked things off with a rather interesting reveal in Project Shield. Essentially a traditional console controller with a 5” high definition touchscreen attached, the device will be able to play Android titles as well as stream PC games from PCs with the latest Nvidia hardware inside them.
“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 in a press release issued this morning. “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.”
Powered by the Jellybean Android OS, the Shield boasts a setup that includes the Tegra 4 chipset, a 5” 1280x720 HD retinal multitouch display, 802.11n 2x2 MIMO WiFi, integrated speakers, HDMI output and a micro SD expansion port. The high-grade WiFi setup allows the device to stream games from a PC providing it uses a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 GPU or higher, although it is worth noting that this feature will only work as long as the user is with access of their home network. For more mobile gaming, gamers will be able to download Android apps using Google Play.
Although there has been no word on which games will be supported for PC streaming, third parties have already voiced interest in the venture, with Ubisoft, Epic Games, and Meteor Entertainment (of F2P online title Hawken fame) being amongst the potential partners for the device. You can find more details about Project Shield, and sign up for more details, by heading over to the official website for the device.
It’s still early days in regards to this one, seeing as a launch date or pricing information has yet to be announced, but it’s an interesting step for Nvidia to take in the light of many other mobile gaming devices entering the fray. However, we’d like to know what you think of today’s reveal – does it look to bridge the gap between mobile and home gaming? Is there any point streaming your PC library if you can only do so in your own home? Let us know in the comments!