CES 2013 Starts With a Bang – Nvidia Announces Dedicated Gaming Handheld

Looks like a new challenger has entered the gaming arena.  Nvidia has just announced a brand new dedicated gaming handheld, which runs on Android and features their just-announced Tegra 4 mobile all-on-one chip.  The battery life is somewhere between 5 and 10 hours, and it’s tentatively called Project Shield because the back piece on the clam-shell design can be removed and customized with funky colors, and other unique plates.  Here are a few pics to whet your appetite.

Project Sheild 1

Project Sheild 2

Project Sheild 3

This is what can be customized.
This is what can be customized.

The handheld has a MicroSD slot, micro USB and HDMI output (which supports up to 4K output).  The touchscreen is 5 inches, and is capable of 720p display at 294dpi.

Project Shield 5

Since the handheld runs on a pure version of Android, not a custom version, it has full access to virtually every app available on Android include Netflix, Hulu and everything else.  You can also stream PC games either directly to the handheld or, connect it to the big screen via HDMI and play your PC games in glorious HD all via the handheld.  Now that Steam has Big Picture Mode, it’s possible to use the handheld to essentially act as the middle man and play games like assassin’s Creed 3 and Need For Speed: Most Wanted, as was shown at the reveal.

All of this is extremely impressive, but we still don’t have a clue when this will be released and for how much.  I’ll update the story once I’ve got more concrete info for you.

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