There’s a new handheld console in town, and it goes by the name of Project Shield (tentative name, and should not be confused with the Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D.). Packed into this system is the new NVIDIA Tegra 4, and you’ll get roughly 5-10 hours of gaming, and 24 hours of HD viewing with the 38-watt rechargeable lithium ion battery. Also, Project Shield comes with an audio system “on-par” with those fancy Jamboxes, and micro SD, HDMI output, and one USB port are all packed into the system itself! As for the screen? It’s a 5-inch display with a retina-esque display, going for 1,280×720 resolution at 294 dpi. All of this, running on an Android OS.
Also, if you prefer PC games, it can do something for that too! The controller is reminiscient of a PS3/XBOX 360 controller, but with a 5-inch HD screen slapped on the top of it. What this means is that it can, technically, be used for any Steam game, and can also technically stream Steam games from your local network onto Project Shield itself.
If Steam isn’t your forte, then NVIDIA has its own gaming store, dubbed Tegrazone. Though its only filled with Android games at the moment, some PC games may be available for purchase through both Tegrazone and Steam in the near future. Of course, tech demo wise, Project Shield was shown running both Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Assassin’s Creed III, both of which were reported to look “fantastic,” giving both Nintendo and Sony (potentially Microsoft if it releases an XBOX Tablet) a run for their money as Project Shield is starting to look like a valid competitor.
So, Project Shield is still currently in beta, so some of the things detailed may change. As of now, it is a Wi-Fi only console, though LTE support may be added. Also, it is running on the Android Jelly Bean OS as of now, but is expected to change by the time it launches in the second quarter of 2013. No prices are available just yet.
You can check out the official website here.