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Nvidia Reveals Android-Powered Handheld Tegra 4 Device Known as Shield

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Posted on January 7, 2013 AT 02:23am

Nvidia has revealed Shield, the company’s first step into the handheld game console market, at its pre-CES showcase.

The Android-powered handheld device uses a Tegra 4 processor and looks like an old Xbox controller with a screen attached. Nvidia’s CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang showcased the device at the event. The device features a five-inch retina display, HDMI port, microSD slot, and 10 hours of in-game battery life. Shield can also be attached to a HDTV and used as a home console.

“Project Shield was created by Nvidia engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play,” said Huang. “We were inspired by a vision that the rise of mobile and cloud technologies will free us from our boxes, letting us game anywhere, on any screen.”

“We imagined a device that would do for games what the iPod and Kindle have done for music and books, letting us play in a cool new way. We hope other gamers love Shield as much as we do.”

Shield is capable of streaming games from a PC via WI-FI, so long as the PC wields a GTX 650 or higher graphics card. The device will be available in the U.S. and Canada during quarter two of this year. You can check out two videos of the device below–one of the actual reveal and a second featuring a Need for Speed demo.

What do you think of the device? Let us know in the comments below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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