Revealed at CES earlier this year, NVIDIA’s new hand held Android console/mobile gaming device aimed to merge portable Android mobile gaming with local PC Game streaming via Steam. It all looked absolutely awesome, but we didn’t really know a lot about the device in terms of price and release date. Until now!
NVIDIA’s Project Shield, now revealed to be called just Shield is a hand held gaming device which aims to deliver a ‘pure’ Android experience with the ability to stream and play PC games providing you’ve got the hardware to back it up (preferably a GeForce GTX GPU).
In terms of specs, the Shield has it all:
- Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 Quad Core Mobile Processor with 2GB RAM
- Controller: Console-grade controller with dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
- Display: 5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display
- Audio: Integrated stereo speakers with built-in microphone
- Games and Apps: Android titles in the Play Store and PC games via GeForce game streaming
- Bundled Software: Google Play, TegraZone, Sonic 4 Episode II THD, Expendable: Rearmed, Hulu Plus, TwitchTV
- Storage: 16GB Flash Memory
- Wireless: 802.11n 2×2 Mimo Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS
- Connectivity: Mini-HDMI output, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD storage slot, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
- Motion Sensors: 3 Axis Gyro, 3 Axis Accelerometer
- Battery: 28.8 Watt Hours
Thanks to NVIDIA’s choice to refrain from locking down the Android OS you can play all of your favourite games from the Google Play Store, and with the soon-to-be addition of Google Play Games you’ll be able to download all of your current saves from the cloud. Access to other apps from the Google Play store will be available also such as Twitter and Facebook.
So what price will we be looking at? According to MaximumPC the Shield plans to set us back around $349 (probably around the £230-£250 mark). In terms of shipping NVIDIA will start taking pre-orders from March 20 through Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center, Canada Computers and the Shield website with an expected shipping date of late June. Presumably these dates are North American specific as the news comes directly from NVIDIA via the “Notify Me” link on the Shield homepage.
As soon as we hear anything about a UK release schedule we’ll let you know!