Nvidia Debuts its own Hand-held Console

It seems everyone is in the console business these days. Whether it’s the Ouya creators, one of the big three, the guys behind Gamer Stick or Nvidia it seems, which just showed off its own design on a small Android machine.

This one is known as the Shield and comes packing its own mini display for gaming on the go. It’s capable of 720p on that device, but can scale all the way up to 4K resolutions if connected to a compatible TV. It can also make use of Steam’s big picture feature to allow for simple control on a larger display and hook up to your PC to play the games you have on there.

Too crowded already? The console market just got more so.
Too crowded already? The console market just got more so.

Powered internally by the Tegra 4 processor, the little device is controlled with something very reminiscent of an Xbox 360 controller. It has dual thumbsticks, a DPad and four standard face buttons.

“Project Shield was created by Nvidia engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and co-founder of Nvidia. “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.”

No word on a release date for this year, or how much it will cost but it seems the console market is set to get even more crowded.

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