NVIDIA just unveild "Project SHEILD", a handheld gaming device featuring a Tegra 4 processor and a full 5-inch HD screen.
Sheild features a 5-inch, 1280x720 multitouch display. As well as, a Tegra 4 processor capable of powering 4K video and streaming PC games. It will also be the first Tegra 4 device and offers up to 24 hours of high definition video and 5-8 hours of gameplay.
The audio is also supposed to be incredible and is on par with Jambox portable speakers. The gamepad includes dedicated analog buttons, joysticks, triggers, bumpers and more. The SHIELD is designed to be as small as possible, so it is roughly the size of standalone controllers. It features and HDMI, micro-USB, mircoSD slot and a 3.5mm audio jack.
With the HDMI, it can be connected to your TV. Once connected, you will be able to see everything on both the SHEILD's screen and the TV screen.
It mainly runs Andriod, but my pressing the SHEILD button, it goes into the game enviroment so you won't be limited to only playing Andriod Market Games. Pressing the SHEILD button once more take you back to Andriod.
On the Andriod side of things, you can do whatever you could do on your andriod smartphone. The Play Store is fully functional if you want to download any Andriod Games or Apps. The music app is also there and ready to play your audio files.
You can also stream up to 4K Video from your SHEILD straight on the TV. The video is crisp and the quality is true 4K video quality.
Once the sheild button is pressed, you drop into the Game Enviroment where you can play games that are loaded on your device or download new Games from TegraZone. These games are the main, heavy graphic games that you normally play on your PC or console. From the games that appeared on the device at CES 2013 were Blood Sword, Real Boxing, Dead on Arrival 2 and many more. They also previewd some of the newly released and highly anticipated games such as, Assassin's Creed 3, Need 4 Speed and HAWKEN.
You wouldnt expect such graphics from such a small device. The game graphics were stunning as if they were from an actual Gaming console.
It wouldn't be a big hit if It didn't feature multiplayer, right? Well They also showed us what the multiplayer was all about. You can play online multiplayer games when connected to any network. As well as, you can play a 1v1 with your friend with your display on the TV and his in his controller, or both your displays on your controllers.
Project Shield will also be able to stream games from PCs with GeForce GTX GPUs, though the on-stage demo had some trouble sowing off the feature. The feature uses the GeForce GPU to stream the game to the handheld, and it is also integrated with Steam Big Picture
Shield is slated for a Q2 release, according to NVIDIA. It is based on Android Jelly Bean and current development units are Wi-Fi only.
Check out some of the Project Sheild Images from NVIDIA: