nVidia Project: Shield Preview

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Portable Handheld PC Gaming Device:
nVidia
Version:
1.0
Price:
~250$ (USD)

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On January 25, 2013
Last modified:January 25, 2013

Summary:

nVidia has created a true masterpiece with the Shield Project. WIth the current hardware scenario and gaming environment, unless nVidia prices the portable at a devastatingly high level - Project Shield is a winner. Read the Preview for a complete analysis.

At the CES 2013, invitees were in for a surprise when they visited nVidia’s stall.

Beside all the 4k resolution televisions and high power graphic chips was a handheld clamshell device which on first look appeared to be a controller.

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On a closer look however, this looker “unfolds” into what nVidia is now calling the “Project Shield“.

 

A tip of the hat to the honchos at nVidia – for having thought up of this simplification. With the screen incorporated into the controller, the device becomes a very capable handheld gaming system.

 

Specifications:

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Under the hood, the device boasts the new Tegra 4 processor (Geek Facts: The Tegra 4 has 72 custom GeForce GPU cores, a quad core ARM Cortex -A15 CPU and is most likely more than ten times as powerful as anything on the market right now).

 

Screen:

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The PS (NOT PlayStation – Project Shield) has a 5.0 inch, multi-touch screen with a resolution of 1280×720 progressive pixels (i.e. 720p). This accounts to about 294 dpi, slightly shy of the 326 dpi “Retina” resolution. Nonetheless, it is still a remarkable screen with the added functionality of nVidia’s Direct Touch.

 

Software:

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The PS device runs an untouched version of Android Jellybean (Android 4.1). By the time it releases, it is likely to support Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0).

 

Trump Card:

The Project Shield’s trump card isn’t Android gaming as one would expect. The console can stream PC games on compatible machines via an internet connection or WiFi. The device comes equipped with 2 802.11n dual mode antennae which more than justify the bandwidth needed for such purposes.

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Connectivity options:

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The PS has a plethora of connectivity options ranging from dual 802.11n WiFi antennae, HDMI, USB and microSD ports.

 

Audio:

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The PS has a deep – bass dual speaker setup on the controller section.

 

Games Supported at the time of Release:

 

nVidia officially supports all of the games on TegraZone(Android Market) and Steam Community Games(for wireless streaming). The PC gaming functionality however, is only supported on Desktop GPUs higher than GTX 650 and mobile GPUs higher than GTX660M.

TegraZone Highlights: 

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Steam Highlights:

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Battery Backup:
nVidia promises a full day of intensive gaming on a 100% charge.(That’s extremely Impressive!!!)

 

Price:
nVidia is (not surprisingly) mum on the price. They have stated however, that the product will NOT be subsidized and that they want to make a profit off of the PS.

So expect a price range of around 225-250$ (US).

 

Final Verdict:

The device showcased at the CES 13 is extremely awesome. nVidia just needs to get the all ticks on their checklist right.

However – not unlike some devices (hint,hint – Sony PS Vita), nVidia has to get the price right. Otherwise it may all go downhill.

Pre-release, due to the device’s potential; it deserves a 5/5.

 

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