It’s pretty much impossible that you’ve not come across this yet. Ever since Nvidia announced it this morning (GMT!), just about every tech site (and even BBC news) have run an article about it. But what the hell, let’s ramble on about it for a bit anyway.
Out of the blue comes this monstrosity of a handheld from Nvidia, announced yesterday at CES. Sporting their upcoming Tegra 4 SoC, which they claim is the most powerful mobile processor in the world (we’ve not heard that one before, have we?) this be-all-and-end-all portable Android handheld is due to arrive in Q2 of this year. The machine sports a 5″ 720p display which folds out from the controller in a sort of clam shell type way, which is all well and good except that it looks like a device resurrected from 2001. Honestly, I cannot imagine what the design team were thinking. Aside from the poor visual aesthetic, I can’t imagine that tapping away on a touchscreen attached to a hinge will prove to be a very satisfying experience.
So what does it do? Well aside from the obvious Android gaming and emulators, Nvidia is working with Steam to allow PCs with certain Nvidia GTX GPUs to stream PC games live and direct to your Project Shield, with “ultra-low latency”. The only caveat is that you have to be on your own home network for this to work, so the furthest away you can get is probably sat at the end of your garden. Still, it’s a nice idea. It’s also capable of outputting in 4k video via HDMI, which is roughly 4 times the pixel count of standard 1080p content. Pretty impressive.
No word on pricing yet, that I can find anyway. I read some speculation that it’ll be around $250, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Here’s a clip from the presentation at CES.
Here’s the walkthrough of the working prototype.
And here are Assassins Creed and Need for Speed 4 demonstrated on it.