LAS VEGAS: FORMER BESPOKE chip designer Nvidia has entered the hardware market, unveiling its Android handheld gaming console called Project Shield.
Nvidia unveiled its Shield handheld console at its Consumer Electronics Show (2013) keynote on Sunday. The console runs an untouched version of an unspecified Android version is powered by the company's newly unveiled Tegra 4 processor.
The company claims the Shield will boast a battery life of between five to 10 hours and features a reflex sound system that will offer audio quality on a par with most dedicated portable sound systems. It also features a 5in "Retinal" display, which might get the company in a legal squabble with Apple.
The controller looks fairly similar to Microsoft's existing Xbox 360 controller featuring X, Y, B and A buttons, a D-Pad, dual joysticks and rear bumpers and triggers. The Shield also has microSD, microUSB, HDMI and audio jack ports.
As well as running games from Nvidia's Android Tegrazone store, the Shield also boasts a PC Streaming feature. The service reportedly will allow the gamer sync their PC with Shield and play games on their TV.
Nvidia has yet to release any details regarding the Shield's price or release date. Check back with The INQUIRER later for a hands-on look at Shield. µ
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