While officially CES 2013 should be kicked into gear on January 8, NVIDIA didn’t even have the patience to wait for the day before the start to drop the first bomb. Therefore, during a packed press conference in glamorous Vegas, the world renowned GPU makers unveiled Project Shield, an Android-based handheld that might just revolutionize mobile gaming.
While still roughly in beta stage of development, Project Shield is scheduled to enjoy a Q2 2013 commercial release, so get ready to have your minds blown really soon. What makes Shield so special? Well, a number of things actually, starting with the fact that it is one of the first ever high-end Android portable consoles.
The gizmo is powered by NVIDIA’s shiny new quad-core Tegra 4 CPU, said to be the world’s fastest mobile processor, sporting a 5-inch “retinal display” with a 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution. All nice and dandy so far, but here’s the kicker – the handheld will not only be able to run Android games but also awesome console titles like Assassin’s Creed 3.
You can stream games from your PC directly to the Shield and then even take them over to your HDTV wirelessly or via HDMI. The cherry on top is the running of vanilla Android (4.1 right now, but it could be updated by the time of the release), while the only sort of bad news is that NVIDIA is yet to announce pricing and we have a bad feeling about that.