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NVIDIA announces Android handheld console 'Project Shield'

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Project Shield has been announced by NVIDIA at CES 2013.

The PC hardware manufacturer revealed the Android games console, which runs inside of a dual-analogue stick controller.


It will support a five-inch 720p touch-screen enabled display for traditional Android games.

Project Shield will also wirelessly stream PC content onto the screen or a TV screen, or connect directly via an HDMI port.

It will be powered with a Tegra 4 chip, which is said to be powerful enough to run next-generation graphics engine Unreal Engine 4, and can play ultra high definition videos on a 4K television.

Elsewhere, it will feature a microSD slot for additional storage, 5-10 hours of battery life, and standard Android features including music playback, support for Netflix and Hulu and an Android store.

Gallery: First images of NVIDIA's Project Shield, announced at CES 2013:
It has also been backed by several industry leaders, including Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, who said it is "always excited about new hardware developments", as well as Epic Games co-founder Mark Rein.

"With Project Shield, NVIDIA brings an uncompromising, high-performance console experience to mobile devices," he said.

"Amazing games including Real Boxing and Hawken, which utilize the latest Unreal Engine technology, look fantastic on Project Shield.

"This is just the beginning, and we're truly excited to see what more Unreal Engine developers will do with so much horsepower in such a compact gaming device."

Co-founder and nVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang added: "Project Shield was created by NVIDIA engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play.

"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."

nVidia's Jen-Hsun Huang introduces the Project Shield handheld console at CES 2013

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NVIDIA's Project Shield will release early summer in North America and Canada, with a worldwide rollout later in the year.

A number of Android games consoles have emerged in the past few months.

Last week GameStick was announced, a $79 device that plugs directly into a HDMI port and is played with a Bluetooth controller.

Ouya, which saw significant Kickstarter backing last year, is scheduled to be released in the coming months.

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