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    January 7, 2013

    Nvidia announces own handheld gaming device

    Chip manufacturer Nvidia, best known for its graphics processing units having recently supplied Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC with GeForce graphics has announced that it is making its very own mobile gaming device.

    The device, called Project Shield, features a Tegra 4-powered handheld system with both an integrated controller and screen and runs on Google’s Android Jelly Bean. Games will be available to download from Google Play or TegraZone – so that’s Android games only.

    Additional features of the device include a 5-inch 720p display with touch capabilities with 294ppi pixel density, up to 10 hours of battery life,  ports for HDMI, micro-USB, microSD and audio-out.

    However, the device does come with some heavy requirements for use. According to TimesLive the ability to stream games requires “host computers to pack Nvidia’s latest and greatest graphics card, the GTX 650 (or the GTX 660M on laptops).”

    Project Shield is expected to launch between April and June of this year. Another Android based gaming system Ouya, that has already started shipping developer consoles, is also expected to launch around that time.

    For more about Project Shield, watch the video below:

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    • Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

      Depending on price, this could be a very good idea. This can be a interesting alternative to a console if it is affordable.