The Straits Times
Published on Jan 07, 2013

Nvidia announces Project Shield, a new handheld gaming device


LAS VEGAS - The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) might only start on Wednesday (Singapore time) but graphics card maker Nvidia has fired the first salvo by surprising everyone with its new handheld gaming device called Project Shield.

The gaming device has a 5-inch multi-touch 1,280 by 720 pixels display with an Xbox 360-like controller sporting dual control sticks, directional pad and multiple control buttons. It uses Nvidia's latest Tegra 4 quad-core processor, which packs 72-core Geforce GPU, running on Google's Android Jelly Bean mobile operating system with access to Gmail and Google Play Store.

Project Shield, which is still in the prototype phase, is also able to stream games, such as those in users' Steam library, from a PC equipped with a Geforce graphics card over Wi-Fi.Thus, gamers can play both their PC and Android games on this device.

However, Nvidia did not announce Project Shield's price and worldwide availability. But Nvidia is targeting to launch the device in US and Canada during the second quarter of this year.