NVIDIA Project Shield: What You Need To Know

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NVIDIA decided to release their very own gaming console, Project Shield in this year’s CES in Las Vegas. What can you expect from this device? Will it be a serious threat to existing consoles such as the PS Vita and Nintendo DS or is it a special Android-powered device? Here are the facts we gathered for NVIDIA’s Project Shield.

Project Shield introduces us to the Tegra 4 SoC, successor to the chip you would find inside the Nexus 7, Transformer Pad Infinity and a couple more high performance Android devices. Like the Tegra 3, the Tegra 4 will feature four cores plus an extra core which will be used when less extensive operations are done. This setup will help increase battery life while still providing that much needed processing power. Tegra 4′s improvements are on the architecture used although it is yet to be fully revealed. What we know is that it has 72 GPU cores which is comparable to most modern desktop graphics chip. It also uses a new 28 nm manufacturing process while Tegra 3 was built using the 40 nm process.

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The design of the device reminds us of an XBOX 360 controller but with a five-inch 1280 x 720 touchscreen LCD. Project Shield runs Jelly Bean though NVIDIA stresses that it is hackable. This device won’t only run all the games from Tegrazone but it would also play a number of PC games via Wi-Fi streaming. LTE connectivity could be added too in the future.

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Ports include a microSD slot, HDMI, USB and standard 8″ audio. Project Shield is expected to hit stores on the second quarter of this year.

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