NVIDIA wasn’t stopping at their revelation of the new Tegra 4 processor; no, the company had another ace up their sleeve last night as Project SHIELD – a handheld gaming device that can play PC and Android games was also announced.
This new handheld sports the Tegra 4 processor and can even stream games being played on a Windows PC that is running GeForce GTX GPUs, making use of Steam as well. Since the device is Android-powered, it will also have full access to the Google Play store.
The company says that the system is an open platform, while using console-style controls and a screen resolution that supports 720p, while two bass reflex speakers pump out stereo sound.
Both Ubisoft and Epic Games have already offered their support for the handheld.
“Ubisoft is always excited about new hardware developments, and Project Shield promises to bring both mobile and PC gamers a great new gaming experience. Seeing the PC version of Assassin’s Creed III run on the device is a great example of this, and further strengthens Ubisoft’s long-standing relationship with NVIDIA,” said Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft.
Added Mark Rein, VP at Epic Games, “With Project Shield, NVIDIA brings an uncompromising, high-performance console experience to mobile devices. Amazing games including ‘Real Boxing’ and ‘Hawken,’ which utilize the latest Unreal Engine technology, look fantastic on Project SHIELD. This is just the beginning, and we’re truly excited to see what more Unreal Engine developers will do with so much horsepower in such a compact gaming device.”
NVIDIA has not revealed a price point nor a release date at this time, but we’ll have an update as soon as that information is available.