NVIDIA has been producing graphics cards for hard-core gamers for years. But now the company is introducing its first gaming console: a 5 inch handheld gaming system code-named Project Shield.
It features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, a 5 inch 720p touchscreen display, and a built-in game controller.
The system runs stock Google Android software and you can download any games or other apps from the Play Store, but there’s also a “Shield” mode which brings up a game browser and access to the TegraZone game store.
Project Shield features a 38Whr battery which is good for up to 24 hours of video playback, or 5 to 10 hours of game play.
The system also features heavy-duty audio components, HDMI output, a micro USB port, microSD card slot, and 3.5mm audio jack.
You can plug in an external display and use the system with a TV, and in today’s unveiling, the company even showed off Project Shield powering a 4K display and playing videos on games on the high resolution screen.
Project Shield can also pair with any PC with an NVIDIA GTX graphics cards to stream games from your PC to the mobile device, as seen in the video above. That also provides a way to play PC games on your TV if your TV is plugged into your Shield system.
NVIDIA hasn’t announced a price for Project Shield yet, but the company hopes to ship the handheld gaming console in the second quarter of 2013.