And just like that Nvidia is getting into the mobile gaming device arena.

Nvideo Project Shield handheld game console

Nvidia Shield Handheld Console

Announced just a few moments ago at CES, Nvidia’s Project Shield is a complete, dedicated handheld/portable game system – like Nintendo’s DS, or PlayStation’s Vita.

The announced seems to have come as a complete shock to the entire gaming & tech industries. Usually there are rumors floating around, and there’s usually a few  it’s all part of the PR buzz game, but not this time. Nvidia appears to have pulled a complete ninja move with this announcement.

Nvideo Project Shield details

Nvidia Shield Details

Although some details remain unknown-  here’s what we know so far

Operations

  • Tegra 4 processor – worlds fastest mobile processor
  • Android Jelly Bean OS
  • Google Apps & Play Store

Battery

  • 5-10 hours of gaming
  • 24 hours of HD video playback
  • recharagable lithium ion batteries (33w)

Display

  • 5 inch screen
  • 720p
  • retinal display – 294ppi pixel density
  • wireless video streaming (not yet, but comings soon)
  • HDMI output, connect & play on HDTV screens

Game Controls

  • multi-touch screen
  • L/R trigger
  • L/R analog sticks
  • directional pad
  • x4 button (diamond pattern set up
  • x4 operational buttons (start, mute, back, home)

Other details

  • built in stereo sound system (rivals Beats Audio equipped laptops)
  • microphone
  • Micro SD port
  • HDMI port (4k resolution video output)
  • headphone jack
  • 802.11n 2×2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi
  • Plays games from Google Play Store, Android games, Tegrazone
  • Plays PC games remotely from Steam (with compatable GeForce GTX GPU)

We’ll share more details as they become available.

What are your first impressions?

Does Nvidia Shield have a chance? Is there room for another handheld/mobile gaming platform?


 

Nvidia Shield Pictures/Images