Currently on display at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, the “Project Shield” from graphics technology company Nvidia is an Android-based, handheld gaming system that lets the user stream games from his/her computer. Powered by a Tegra 4 processor, clamshell gaming device features has a 5-inch, 720p multitouch display to enjoy high resolution console-quality games.
Presenting a regular console gaming controller, complete with dual analogue sticks, D-pad and ABXY face buttons, the Project Shield also touts also an HDMI port for video output, in addition to micro USB and a slot for microSD card expansion. Running an unskinned version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the radical gaming system can run almost all the apps from Google Play and let users play games on their computers, with a compliant NVIDIA GeForce GPU, thanks to the new streaming gaming service. Though there is no word on pricing, but the Project Shield is expected to reach the market in second quarter of the year.