Nvidia Details Project Shield Console
Back at CES 2013 one of the most interesting items on show was the Nvidia Project SHIELD. This is a portable gaming device, that involves a control system similar to the one on the Xbox 360 controller. It combines Android with the latest in high end hardware and today Nvidia decided to unveil the story behind the product.
This idea apparently appeared 10 years ago and it was only now turned into reality. SHIELD was just an Android-compatible gaming controller at first, but then Nvidia thought about attaching a display and integrate Tegra 4 into the device. The blog post that Nvidia has on this product also talks about the first 2 final prototypes that were brought to the Nvidia CEO, Jen-Hsun just weeks before CES 2013. The first prototype was assembled in early 2012 and it was just a game controller attached for a smartphone with some wooden materials.
Nvidia also reminds us that SHIELD is not exactly a gaming console, so being an Android device it can even stream strong PC games. So, for example if you own a PC equipped with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 650 or better GPUs you can stream even Crysis to this device, as crazy as that may seem. More inside views into the project on Nvidia’s blog here.