NVIDIA shows us “Project Shield”


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  1. elsisero87 says:

    Well, I was just wondering about the future existence of OUYA’s related handled console… this is an awesome news!!!

  2. Klowned says:

    thank you for this review of this new console i think it could be funny to use it ^^

  3. praed0r says:

    Sony had better get their act together – like already !!!

  4. E says:

    Well, it does look intriguing and its specs are quite brow raising though, I highly doubt that it will prove to be a true competitor for the Vita or 3DS simply because of the practicality. The design is nice but would i really want to carry a controller around with me everywhere i go? Also, I fail to see how any apps other than games could successfully run on it (due to the obtuse shape and layout. If it is released at a similar price point as the Vita and 3DS I can almost guarantee it will be a flop. I would, however, be interested in testing it out as NVIDIA has made quite the strides in regards to Processing power and graphics. Will it be a success? I suppose only time will tell. ~Just One Guys Opinion~

  5. Xephrey says:

    I hope it succeeds. It’s lame you need a GTX 650 or higher. I have a 460 and don’t anticipate upgrading in the near / distant future. That’s the function I’d use the most; the local game streaming from controller-supported Steam games. The more of these things out there the better.

    • Asdfjuma says:

      It’s lame you even need an Nvidia GPU to stream content. I’m sure they could make it work with AMD if they tried.

  6. EJ says:

    It’s kind of neat, kind of not.

  7. pomf says:

    unless this thing can emulate the ps2 or gamecube it wont impress me. i can carry a vita around in my pocket no problem but i doubt im gonna wanna carry this and if i can only use this thing at home theres just no point since i can use my computer. im also interested to see battery life on this thing because i doubt it will be able to hold more than 3 hours of gaming.

  8. keane says:

    Tbh, It sounds great, yet the design looks odd, a touch screen there!? I also haven’t particularly liked android such as smart phones, it feels bad, doesn’t look the best then again it might of felt bad because it was a much lower firmware of android, I mean the xperia play, felt terrible when I had it for a few days! The windows phone outmatched it even though at the time had less features.

    Though battery life sounds good 5 to 10 hours right? I also know Nvidia, know have never purchased a GPU or fan etc from them. Wonder how much? However I’m content with PS vita, its awesome, but needs Skyrim 😉

  9. wartaf says:

    i don’t think it will gonna beat Sony yet? they should not use android because it is really open for hacking which will gonna prevent devs from making games.

  10. Chasez671 says:

    Let’s hope that this will live up to the hype

  11. quetz says:

    i like this 😛

  12. black cat says:

    it looks cool, but i don’t think so that SONY will effect cuz of this device. If this device really sussed and better then Sony, then they should be more friendly with there costumers to make them happy :)

  13. adx2 says:

    it think, after seeing this sony might open its remoteplay completely ..that will stream every possibly ps3 game of any company on vita via remoteplay ..they should open up the real beast power of the vita that is hiding in it ..

  14. tomo says:

    i think it looks really bulky i like the pc streaming thing as ive got a 660 ti card in my pc but i love my vita it small thin and pocket size i hope they change the design on it maybe i would be swayed

  15. ??? says:

    Nice!! the only problem is the price, my calculation is it will be 350 USD a pop

  16. Someone Else says:

    Seems like a smartphone, minus the phone. Am I missing something?

    Will this actually *natively* play anything better than smartpone games?

    It mentions PC games, but it sounds like they don’t really play ON the phone, but just crappily stream off your PC.

    I mean, it looks great for arcade emulators on the go, but without native console-quality titles this seems pfffft.

    • Someone Else says:

      I want to add that powerful emu is the main thing I want in a portable console, but it needs games to compliment it or that goes stale.

      I just wanted to clarify that.

  17. cold_hell says:

    Disign looks terrible. Mobile console need to be slim (pocket size). Since it is for android, price will be high. Nvidia earn their money from hardware, not from games. So probably we wil end up with expensive PC controller with almost no games.

    • Someone Else says:

      Exactly. You put it very well.

      I second this.

    • Warlord698 says:

      android platform does not make it expensive (It’s open source and based of linux), there are plenty of little “Smart TV” adapters that are between $45 to $100 that are android based. now if was IOS based that might be a different story since Apple would want to charge them their first born to use their OS on the device.

      a good example of cheap and high quality android devices would be the last three toys that came straight from google and manufactured by Samsung….. the Google Nexus 4(phone)/7/10 devices are well priced under most adroid devices (and dramatically under the iP(ad/hone/od) devices, but are the highest in specs and quality while running the latest version of Android.

      • wololo says:

        The nexus devices are cheap because they are subsidized by google and/or selling at a loss. Not all companies can afford to do that, and this works only because google get their money back with advertising.
        I agree with you however that Android does not add to the cost of the device, I don’t know where that comment from cold_hell is coming from

  18. TelcoLou says:

    I worry about the screen breaking off. That hinge area looks flimsy.

  19. Warlord698 says:

    considering the size of the console the 3DS didn’t exactly need a micro SD slot, and micro SD cards can be used with a SD card adaptor

  20. gunblade says:

    man i so wont one….

  21. gunblade says:

    any ideads on the price tag…

  22. psVitovic says:

    People, you know that there is already a PSP emulator for Android… it’s still not fully functional, but by the time this thing comes to the market, i guess we’ll be able to play psp games on this thing! and not to mention tons and tons of other excellent stuff that an ANDROID 4.2 device has to offer!

  23. Hammer says:

    Love it..

  24. NoOne says:

    I don’t like the design of this console.

  25. ironchefion says:

    i do not like the design of this handheld. i wish it could of been more in the lines of the Vita and a tablet but smaller than a tablet.

  26. Devon says:

    I think you find the concept of a new handheld by a new company in the console fray that you’re giving too much to this device. Truthfully it does intrigue me and take it from a guy who has bought every console shortly after launch for the past 5 years, I am curious, but as another person said above; I CANNOT see the practicality of carrying this with me and android for gaming can only take you so far. Give me ps2 emulation (hopefully a decent homebrew following/community) and I’ll give nvidia my money.

  27. razor says:

    This is gonna be a Vita killer.

  28. CNPalmer says:

    As long as I can root it…

  29. loverali says:

    I think you should not have said:”something Sony failed to give us”. Because sony is not a company that would do something without thinking.By the way,are you comparing NVIDIA with Sony?!what the…
    Sony has so much experience in gamin consoles,it won’t lose to NVIDIA that wanna release it’s first console.it would take a century or two to do that.So WATCH YOUR *&$#ing MOUTH.

  30. xoombie503 says:

    if not specific games for it..itll fail

  31. huz says:

    2013 Tegra 4 gaming faster and root android frist test
    it :-) .banned cheap fake it fail china hongkong

  32. makak1984 says:

    Hi :) I’ve heard about Tegara 4 SoC and this “console” some time ago. Idea is good, but design is worst even than Nintendo DS. First of all stupid thing is this controller – in this case it is portable device – controller compared to screen is very bad idea. It is not ergonomic, good is only that they plan to give HDMI out – in this case $ony makes me sick when they told us that Vita will not have HDMI out. OK another thing for tablets is that the life time of product is very short – good for them that the make 4-core A15 CPU – better that Nexus 10, but it will be very very expensive. And in the another nVidia’s idea will fall (handheld consoles) because they not developed thair own OS like Sony did. Android for developers of games isn’t good because there is no way to prevent piracy – even if thay develop great SDK for developers it will not show big tittles on this console. It is good for example Microsoft to get on handheld market – offcourse they must build their own OS, because use Android is stupides idea. So don’t worry about Vita it will be still good. Sorry for my chaotic post, but I am writeing it from scratch.

  33. Zimond says:

    Please don’t call it retina display. This is just an apple brand name and not a real description for a display.

  34. AdvTime says:

    This is the reason I picked up a Vita because I found it frustrating playing gameloft games on a touch screen. Atleast now I have better controls, games, graphics and my Vita does everything I need to do on my iphone.

  35. Makogawd says:

    yeah, i had ps2 controller,with a screen on it like this and it tore up my wrists,to heavy,screens have gotten infinitely better since then though.

  36. JMQM Officials says:

    Something really good is here. It looks great, and the 5-inch screen just makes it better with you flipping it. But – how will the screen flip back down? xD But I think this will be the greatest handheld yet when released.

    • makak1984 says:

      Good i don’t think so… Look at the size of the controller compared to the screen it is not ergonomic, good only for play on tv – like normal controller on cable. Better idea is make console with all buttons and analogs on the side of the screen… this design that nVidia show is not ergonomic for handheld gameing – and so, And as I said before there is no way to play a unique games (exclusives) on this consoles because developers wanted to make games that will not be pirated few hours after release – in this case that is on Android. If nVidia develop our system and give SDK to developers that wanted to work with them good, but if based on Android – nope it is impossible.

  37. svenn says:

    Is it me, or does this look like a combination of all current consoles/handhelds combined in 1 ?

    Good idea

  38. firelinker says:

    I actually liked the design, not very portable but the shoulder buttons kinda make up for it.
    But i’ve never been into smartphone platforms(i carry around a dumb phone and a console all the time). So i wonder how well this controller will integrate with the games. If this could somehow run OUYA games and fully use the controls on smartphone titles, i’d totally buy it.

    • firelinker says:

      By the way, i wonder why there is all this hype around streaming pc games via wifi LAN, if you can just buy a damn controller and play on TV if you feel like lying down.

  39. tryonmydream says:

    one reason how much…

  40. Chezni says:

    at 1.9 ghz processor, it’s dwarfed by the vita in terms of raw power.

    If I want to play PC games, I’ll stick to PC.
    If I want to play android games, I’ll stick to smartphone or tablet.

    There’s no room for this Frankenstein monster in my house.

  41. bane says:

    seem like the screen will fall apart when something happen to it like it fall down while playing & so on..not portable enough for me..i rather bring my old gba or ds to play outdoor. bringing some like controller look not suite me..

  42. guyom says:

    i kinda like it. :) Finally a handheld adults can use !

    I’ve owned a psp and 2 nintendo ds models in the last years and all ended up on ebay. One major reason i stopped caring about handhelds is their tiny size, making them uncomfortable for my hands (which are basically normal for an adult).
    And touchscreen totally suck for video game playing, so please don’t mention that to me. :(

    And as an adult, the last thing i could care about is if it’s gonna fit in my jean pockets… That thing belongs next to the sofa/bed and in a bagpack.

  43. ??? says:

    And what about the camera?

  44. Cloud says:

    The design is atrocious. So is the d-pad. How is it even portable? It’s huge.

  45. crudedude says:

    looks very interesting and i definitly would want one. looking at its design and capabilities means it’ll cost at least as much as the vita at debute. it also doesn’t look kid friendly at all leaving out a lot of potential sales. it won’t sell as well as nintendo portables do but may do as well as the vita. it’s like an actual portable console you carry along from home to home rather than use during commute or any where anytime.

  46. Reshiram says:

    Sooooo faketard

  47. IgnusArmagadan says:

    It looks pretty sloppy and with no real possability of gaining its own exclusive games, all the power it has will go to waste. Sounds like the only thing it will be good for I can already do on my PC pretty much.

  48. Reshiram says:

    First they made a psp and psp-go and they even made one n64 portable and now “THIS”↑↑↑ a so called Xbox controller. We’ll see in the future.

  49. O-bake says:

    During the next few years, the market gets flooded with devices like these. The basic hardware for an android device is getting cheaper every day and the companies don’t have to bother about software. We will never see a native game for such a device, I am pretty sure.

    In the past there even was a market for handheld/console-clones with hardware that was actually much more individual compared with these generic android devices. It is cheap to produce them, so they are produced. Period.
    And even if you just use it for emulating the 8 and 16 bit era, you can have long time fun for little money.

  50. knux says:

    this looks like another emulator console to me, following in the footsteps of the xperia play. i dont like that design though, looks likes its easy to break

  51. Someone Else says:

    I just don’t see a phoneless smartphone beating the Vita.

    Even if the thing has more power, it’s still limited to smartphone games and streaming games. Streaming PC games might be the majority of “real games” you can play on this.

    To me, streaming is a cheap trick, because a separate expensive machine is running the program. If you can’t flip on the device by itself and natively run the game, I feel like it’s just a remote-viewer for my PC.

    Vita doesn’t rely on faking its gameplay power, and I like that. If you like little “apps”, your phone does that just as well.

  52. nCadeRegal says:

    Im interested. Sign me up for a preorder. Wonder when this device will hit the market. Very nice Read there bud! Thanks for the info. Ill be keepin a close eye on this one. The neo geo x was quite a let down. NOw this is something I will def. get. Got a link i can do a lil more research on this? Cost?

  53. newguim says:

    Well, I think that as much futuristic that this seems, this is trully the past!
    The future, my dear fellow gamers/hackers, is a two way route: the casual, smartphone/tablet gamming with even more Power, mobbility and interface simplyness that today & the hard core gamming experience of the home/handheld consoles (Wii U gives us a morph of tv and handheld gamming, my son really usues the wiiU gamepad to play nintendoLand without even turning the tv on, and it is 3d HD tv that is fantastic in the PS3 3D games mainly motorstorm appocalipse) .
    So, to me, narrowing the space between this two ways is an error: let them lead us to boredom irradication side by side!!!

  54. o MELTDOWN o says:

    What’s the price? I heard that the piston/steambox is going for $1000… These guys are out of their mind if they think I’m going to waste that kind of money on a gaming device.

  55. damn says:

    Whats the point of good hardware if you dont have someone to make games that will take advantage of it? pretty cool and impressive hardware it has. But it seems like it wont take more than 1week to hack it.

    “The console will feature HDMI, USB and microSD, stuff that Sony and Nintendo failed to provide.”

    I like what you said :)) its because especially Sony is a cash grabbing hoe. Sony simply refused to implement those now, so they will have a reason to release another PS Vita, slimmer, with HDMI and some other basic missing stuff.

  56. poop says:

    if this lets me play my steam games i am so effin down!!

  57. Mart says:

    Uhm no. What is one gonna play when one isn’t at home running the PC to stream real games over the home wifi?

    You gonna play Angry Birds on that all day? Or emulators and old games only?


    PSVita gives one home console experience on the go. This brings tablet gaming on the go (and for the emulators I can play them on the tablet with iCade, DS3 or Wiimote…)

    • makak1984 says:

      For now compare it even to old PSP is still better than powerfull Tegra 4 or 5 and etc. This devices must have game library. nVidia thinks that they beat world when they released Tegra 2, but even after one year of product life it have got only 10-12 games, that are still and even now smartphone products that even few of them was ported to all android devices – so there is no exclusives on it now, Only one is still exclusive – this is Zen Pinball with very cheap tablets. I own all tables, shame for Zen that they overpriced tables on Vita :/ So I am not worry of handheld market beaten by android or iOS devices.

      • Mart says:

        I don’t care even how powerful a Tegra 4 or 5 could be, but they’re nowhere having any IP’s like the exclusives on Playstation that’ll release on Android.

        I don’t see devs that devoted that they would put 2, 3 or 4 years of gamedeveloping into a game that releases on Android. All they put out on Android is mini/casual games that are made in a short devtime without such a large investment.

        So devices like this, Project Shield or Ouya won’t deliver that handheld gaming experience on the go as PSVita or even 3DS does.

  58. hgoel0974 says:

    I don’t think this is too good, what do you do when you don’t have wifi? Play Android games? Then why not just by a tablet?

    Also, I don’t think this would support every game out there, some games use more controls than what a d-pad can offer, and I certainly can’t imagine trying to remember combinations for certain keys

  59. zombie says:

    This is a next up as a powerful console but still not the ideal handheld console. The best thing would be the ability to do almost anything with the something small and portable almost like a window laptop with the ability to be versatile. Play any or most pc games, watch anything with the correct codec, and run virtually anything.

  60. jurasicgamer says:

    For portability around the house it is ok but not for portability in the street. If it is priced low it may sell. If not it will have to compete with sony, microsoft, nintendo and all the tablets out there and it is very likely it will lose the fight. They would be better designing a very good universal bluetooth controller for ALL the android tablets already in the market. But I like gadgets anyway so put mine in back order !! :)

  61. pSnDeaofly says:

    They will only support this until Tegra 5 comes out. Every year a new GPU comes out and they basically stop supporting the previous years CPU/GPU.

  62. Josh says:

    Just so everyone knows, this is more powerful than the vita, and doesn’t NEED to be connected to a computer(its only for PC games, like dishonoured etc.) Just look at nova 3 or dead trigger’s graphics. Soon, mobile devices will be handheld consoles anyway.

    • Ghadz says:

      How can it be more powerfull than the vita? You can almost do anything on a highend phone this project shield has to offer.. this one only got controller..

    • hgoel0974 says:

      more powerful than Vita =/= play pc games on the go

      Android + Gaming Console == Waste of potential

      Wifi+PC Streaming == PSPDisp 😉

    • ue says:

      But the content of dead trigger and nova is very limited, low polly, low resolution and low texture quality.
      Not to mention lacking in dynamic shadows and lighting of a decent qualtiy.

      The fact is limited resources means you CANNOT get a game like a good pc game running on a mobile device natively yet, not even CLOSE

  63. God says:

    Looks too big, but I bet the graphics on it are real nice. But graphics can only get you so far. The Vita is much more portable than this huge thing. This thing isn’t very portable. This thing looks like its more for if the power at your house goes out and you still want to game.

    • ue says:

      Graphics are far worse unless you are wirelessly streaming the game from your computer, other than that it is just an android device.

  64. Kazuunix9 says:

    .. Its apparent that most of you who commented have no clue what is actually happening to the gaming market. Cheap low graphical games are coming back!! I personally think the old games were better built than some these sh@#$ games coming out now. FPS is over-rated. Also Tegra 4 has 6x more power than the tegra 3, expect good graphics as well with this compared to the smartphone market. The project sheild is what this current gaming market needs. Android is moving past little phone sh@#$ like angry birds and going more to awesome games like chaos rings or the THD games. With something like project sheild, I think we will finally see better games come out for Android. Also might I add: Android is “open scource”, meaning you can make your own games for it and get money from your work. You become the game maker, and player. Playstation and xbox need to learn or they will be left behind. People like to make games their own; we are individuals, we need a way to show it.

    • Kazuunix9 says:

      sorry typo * “shield”

    • Mart says:

      Uh and the controller that is connected to Project Shield points towards FPS use with dual sticks etc.

      You got no clue what is needed for cheap low graphical casual games right? Just a tablet or a smartphone… Not such a bulky thing with a controller and dual sticks that is used for impressive handheld games. Like PSVita does.

  65. leo says:

    hasta la vista PSVITA

  66. bass4040 says:

    Maybe this be hacked to remove android and put in Win 7.

  67. RandomFurry says:

    if it can run games like skyrim and fallout new vegas with mods installed then im ditching my laptop fellas

    • ue says:

      IT IS AN ANDROID DEVICE IT CANNOT RUN MUCH AT ALL, what it CAN do is if you own a 650gtx or higher (no amd cards) AND a decent wireless router you can STREAM games from your computer to the device, the computer needs to be on and the game has to be installed on it first though.

  68. ue says:

    Psvita and this serve completely different purposes… r_r… I mean seriously

  69. AhoNoSakai says:

    will it blend??

  70. Someone Else says:

    Reversing my previous opinion, I’m actually starting to want one of these. However, I still don’t think it’s a Vita replacement.

    It looks *excellent* for emulators on the go. It seems like you’d want the Vita for portable games, and this for portable emulation.

  71. SonYIsTheBest says:

    it will not come out at all

  72. EFUS09 says:

    ok, nice handheld but, that machine need more for defeat 3ds and ps vita
    1-exclusive games ¿where? 3ds have pokemon, mario and zelda and other nintendo games series and ps vita have: gravity rush, soul sacrifice, little big planet, killzone, teraway and more, so project shield dont have exclusives because is android 😀
    2-ok, steam games streaming but… not all the people have a powerfull PC with a nvidia GPU
    3- the apple and android hardware race is so ridiculous
    today it have 2gb of ram, cpu with 4 or more core, etc but in the next month`s?
    4-the piracy, android is synonymous of piracy
    just think about it, this is my own opinion, have a nice day

  73. WolfRamiO says:

    “Devices powered by NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chip will be unveiled during the CES 2013 trade show, and the first such device is NVIDIA’s own Project SHIELD portable gaming console. The device features a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 HD “retinal multitouch display” with a pixel density of 294 dpi along with an HDMI-out port, a microSD slot, wireless streaming capabilities and the Android OS.”

  74. shenmue says:

    It’s funny because SONY is trying to turn left and NVIDIA is trying to turn right and you know who’s gonna win.

    It’s also right timing for NVIDA to come to rescue our gaming industry because everyone else is trying to lock down their system to the point of unusable and hence create the unnecessary cat and mouse battle between console makers and the homebrew communities.

    Way to go NVIDIA!!! I adore you :)

  75. Nice says:

    EVERYDAY!, a new game is in the app store for a low price.

  76. makak1984 says:

    Yes on AppStore there is lots of games but very lov quality ones…

  77. Saucy Cow says:

    I can’t help but giggle at the pictures. So I guess it’s good for something.

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