NVIDIA Announces Project Shield Mobile Gaming Device, Doubles as Steam Streamer

Nvidia has dropped the details on their new Project Shield mobile gaming device at their CES 2013 press event. Powered by the latest Tegra 4 processor and capable of playing Android games from Google Play and Tegra Zone, Project Shield is also capable of streaming full PC games from a local computer with specific hardware straight to the mobile device. In addition it can all be mirrored to a television turning the hand-sized device into a full blown game console with a simple HDMI cable. The device is roughly the size of an Xbox 360 controller, but signifigantly flatter. The attached high definition screen folds over the top of the buttons, making it easy to transport but far from pocketable. Head on past the break to see more details and additional images of Project Shield.

Project Shield is capable of outputting 4K video (3840 × 2160) which means that it is the first mobile device with this capability and puts it far ahead of the current offerings from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. The most impressive feature of  Project Shield is the ability to stream full PC games to the Shield–and then outputting it on a television. While it is unclear which level of graphics card users will require to utilize the PC streaming feature, when shown off, we observed very little delay between input and action on screen. While NVIDIA’s demo had a rough start, the audience reacted positively seeing games like Assasins Creed 3, Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012) streamed from a local PC. Because the device is Android based (and has a touch screen) it becomes immediately capable of playing thousands of games and applications, turning Project Shield into a multi-faceted tool of destruction.

backsideOn the rear of Project shield we see a Micro-SD slot, Micro-HDMI, Micro USB and a headphone jack. As far as inputs, the controller has two analog sticks, ABXY face buttons, Digital control pad, two shoulder buttons, two triggers, and a cluster of 5 buttons in the center for system use. Many of the specifications of Project Shield are unknown at this point, we can expect things to change as time moves forward and this device moves towards public release. We’ll be posting updates to this story should we receive (or find) any additional information surrounding Project Shield.