Nvidia Project Shield – We take Another Look At It
There have been quite a few interesting concepts revolving around gaming on Android, such as the OUYA console, the Archos GamePad, and more recently – the GameStick which not long ago has popped-up on Kickstarter.
If you find the idea of an Android gaming device interesting but none of these gadgets are what you’re looking for, then you might be interested in what Nvidia has been working on. More details after the break.
Nvidia Project Shield
Truth be told, the concept of an Android console has been favored mostly by smaller companies … until now.
What you see above is Nvidia’s Android console that has been fully demoed at CES. As you probably already know, Project Shield is a gaming console that looks pretty much like a controller with a screen attached to it. Once you go into details you’ll be amazed by this gadget’s potential, but first let’s take a look at what makes it tick.
The Shield (most likely a temporary moniker) packs a 720p multi touch screen, the Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU that has been officially announced quite recently, Wi-Fi, integrated speakers and vanilla Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It also comes with standard ports like USB and HDMI and boasts a beefy battery that should provide enough juice for 10 hours of gaming or 24 hours of HD video playback.
It all sounds quite impressive, but this is not all there is to it because -get this- Project Shield will be capable of streaming PC games from your GeForce-powered computer, onto the console’s screen (or even to your TV), all done via Wi-Fi. In other words, Nvidia has made one step forward as you’ll not only be able to play your regular Android games, but you’ll also be able to play streamed PC games as well. Steam is supported too so all I can say is: “I want!”.
As far as the Nvidia Project Shield release date is concerned, nothing is set in stone so far, but those who attended at CES have been told that it won’t ship until the second quarter of 2013 (so that means a May-June time-frame).
What do you think? Is NVIDIA capable of delivering a “mainstream” Android console ? How does the “PC games streaming” feature sound to you? Let us know in the comments section.