Yesterday at CES NVIDIA mad a surprise announcement that they were entering the handheld gaming space with their "Project Shield". What does this new handheld have in store for the console space?
Yesterday at CES NVIDIA mad a surprise announcement that they were entering the handheld gaming space with their "Project Shield".
"Take your gaming anywhere with Project SHIELD, a gaming portable designed for gamers who yearn to play when, where and how they want. With the advanced processing power of NVIDIA® Tegra® 4, a full-size game controller, breakthrough Wi-Fi technology, and stunning HD video and audio, Project SHIELD redefines what gaming can be."
While playing Android games with a controller is a novel concept (something the Ouya is also trying to do), I'm not sure anybody wants this, espeically if they already have an android device (or iPhone) in their pocket.
What is kind of interesting though, is the Shield will stream your full-on PC games (if you have an NVIDIA graphics card of recent vintage) to the device via WiFi allowing you to play your PC games on the couch, and with the extra bonus of an HDMI out port, you can even do this on the big HDTV in your living room. That's a nice feature if the device is only a couple hundred bucks, but if it's priced more like a console at 300 or even 400 bucks, I see the masses jumping to the next generation Playstation and XBOX consoles instead (assuming they are in fact coming out this year).
Anybody out there have a need for this product or some novel way they plan on using it? Leave a comment and let us know.