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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."

Project Shield

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.

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Blazblue Continuum Shift II Launch Trailer

By: Phresh Apr 25, 2011 | 6 Comments

The trailer for the portable Blazblue Continuum Shift II was released awhile ago and it shows some of the new features to be included.

The game will include Continuum Shift's story with some added content to it, new maps for legion mode, and a new abyss mode where you'll probably have to fight countless enemys at a time or something like that.

The only things I didn't see was if everyone's unlimited forms were unlocked at start and any online announcement.

Apple just announced the new iPod Touch and it looks to be the perfect all in one system.

Now I say it's an all in one system which means more people will use it for other things other than gaming. It holds the largest market share of any portable system out there outselling both Nintendo and Sony combined but those numbers only state that the units sold outnumber Nintendo and Sony not that all those units will be used by gamers. The upside for gamers that use iPod Touch is that game companies will have to start taking apple's device seriously as a source of revenue. Even if only 50% of the people that buy an iPod Touch buy games for it that is still a big enough share of the market to make companies like Capcom think about developing new games that take advantage of the 4th gen hardware in the new iPod Touch.

It is very possible that the 3DS will kill and take over the market again but it is unlikely it will out sell the iPod Touch. The difference will be that the 3DS will bring out better 3D games while the iPod Touch will more than likely bring out ports of older side scrollers and a few original 3D titles. The price point of classic games will be around $0.99 to $5.00 while original games or high end game ports will be around $5.00 to $9.99 which will appeal to the same crowd Nintendo likes to target.

Sony needs to make a new portable system or simply give up on that market like Microsoft seems to have done. Sony is in a position to build a system that can rival Apple's and Nintendo's if they just focus on it. but it seems they are spread thin across multiple markets and their gaming focus seems to be home consoles. Their latest attack ads show off crappy $9.99 games to try to get iPod Touch gamers to jump ship. The problem is that most iPod Touch users use their Touch for a lot more than just games. Sony doesn't seem to know this or they just refuse to acknowledge this fact. Sony should consider making the PSP hardware part of their cell phone line or better yet make new hardware that is smaller more powerful and focuses on gaming.

Until Nintendo gets into the cell phone game or until they try their hand at Micro Computers like Apple I don't see a real competitor to the iPod Touch.


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