Looks like Nvidia is entering the console field; the company has introduced Project Shield, an Android-based gaming handheld. The company’s new Tegra 4 processor is the heart of this system, the entire console consists of a controller with a flip-up screen, complete with its own integrated sound system. It features an HDMI port for video output, micro-USB for accessories and docks, and a microSD port for expandable storage.
The specs are still unknown but Project Shield has a 5-inch 720p HD display. Apparently the Shield will have 5-10 hours of battery life, 4K video output and the promise of eventual upgrade that will allow users to stream onto televisions from the device. The system runs the Android OS with complete access to the standard Android interface, apps and games from the Google Play store or Nvidia’s own distribution platform; TegraZone.
One great feature is the possibility to run all your games installed on your gaming PC at home, including Steam titles. It is a “streaming” option as long as you are in the same local Wi-Fi network with PCs using a card from the GeForce GTX 600 series. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but Nvidia says Project Shield will ship in the second quarter of this year.