Nvidia enters the handheld console gaming wars with Project Shield

Nvidia Project ShieldWho saw this one coming? Graphics processor manufacturer Nvidia has announced Project Shield, an Android-based mobile gaming console complete with a 5-inch, 720p HD screen attached to a console-style controller with dual analog sticks. Oh, and the thing can stream games playing on a Windows PC and has support for Steam's new-fangled Big Picture Mode.

According to our friends at Engadget, the prototype announced during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas runs on Nvidia's brand new Tegra 4 processor and promises five to 10 hours of play on its rechargeable lithium ion battery. Being an Android device, the gizmo has access to Google Play's host of games as well as Nvidia's Tegrazone store. However, since the console can stream PC games, it also has access to players' Steam libraries.

For the techies out there, this prototype currently runs on Android's Jelly Bean operating system at the moment, but that may change when Project Shield ships in "Q2 2013," according to Engadget. (Pricing has yet to be discussed, but it would be safe to expect to pay a premium for this monster.) Without even mentioning the mere existence of game-capable smartphones and tablets, this is exactly the situation that should make handheld console leaders Nintendo and Sony sweat.

[Via Joystiq]

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