Nvidia has announced a new dedicated handheld gaming device at 2013′s Consumer Electronics Show. It may look like an Xbox controller with a screen photoshopped on top, but the Nvidia Shield, which will run on an Android platform, will have the ability to do some pretty unique things.
Though the device runs on “pure Android,” the Nvidia Shield does much more than simply play Android games. According to Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Shield will simplify the PC gaming industry by making it as easy to enjoy as a console through the new innovative Nvidia Grid cloud system, which promises to support up to 24 players on a single server.
The biggest selling point is that it possesses the ability to wirelessly stream gameplay from the PC, including Steam and Origin, to the screen on the Shield controller. Huang stated that the Shield battery life will last through several hours of gameplay and that the Shield’s range should allow players to stream games to “anywhere in the house.”
The device utilizes Tegra 4 and will possess a 5-inch 720p HD screen and will be able to connect to any Wi-Fi network. The Nvidia Shield will also feature a microSD slot for expanded memory and mobile device integration, micro-USB for various accessories, and an HDMI port for connection to a bigger screen. During the demonstration, the device was shown playing Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Assassin’s Creed III with no latency or visual glitches.
The move by Nvidia is a surprising one, seeing as how dedicated handheld gaming devices have struggled over the past several years, but despite some hiccups in the demonstration on stage, Nvidia is confident that it will revolutionize the way PC games are experienced. No price or release date was given during the demonstration.