CES: Nvidia enters the gaming hardware fray with Project Shield

Nvidia was the first company to take the stage at this years Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and decided to shock the crowd by announcing a new gaming handheld titled Project Shield. What is Project Shield? Project Shield at its core is an Android based gaming handheld that combines a full sized gaming controller and a 5 inch 720p touch screen.

Let’s dig a little deeper into the hardware. Project Shield will be powered by Nvidia’s new Tegra 4 chip that has a mind blowing 72 gpu cores. It will have 5 to 10 hours of gaming battery life but promises 24 hours if your using it for video playback. Also included is a full hdmi out slot as well as a microSD slot for memory expansion. The controller looks very reminiscent of the original Xbox fat controller and will sport a full dpad, dual joysticks and an array of face and trigger buttons.

Now let’s get to what we all care about; the games! Since Project Shield runs Android, it is capable of playing anything already available on the Android store. Nvidia will also have their TegraZone game store where we will see a whole host of games designed with this powerful device in mind. For example, Nvidia has shown off a version of the hit free-to-play game Hawken running on Project Shield. Nvidia also wants you to use this as an easy way to play your PC games on Shield by providing remote access to the games installed on your PC over WiFi. This was demonstrated by streaming Steam’s big picture mode.

What do we all think about this? Do we care about being able to play Hawken on the go or Streaming Steam Games to other rooms in our house? Do we need another handheld in our lives? Check out the video below and sound off in the comments.