This month NVIDIA announced plans to launch its first video game console designed to live next to your TV. But the new $199 NVIDIA Shield game console might not be the company’s only new Shield device on the way.
The 2-year-old NVIDIA Shield handheld game console may be due for an update as well.
Neither site offers a lot of details, but here’s are some things the listings tell us to expect from the new Shield Portable:
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Android 5.0
- Firmware version 3.10.61
That means the new device will support faster WiFi networks than its predecessor, it supports the latest Bluetooth standards, and it runs a newer version of NVIDIA’s firmware.
There’s no information about the processor, screen, or other hardware. But if the new Shield portable is anything like the original, it’ll probably consist of what looks like an Xbox-style game controller with an attached 5 inch display which you can fold up to play games on the go.
Update: Listings at import/export site Zuaba suggests the handheld gaming device will indeed have an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor.
And if it’s anything like the new NVIDIA Shield console, it could have a shiny new NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor to replace the aging Tegra 4 chip found in the original Shield Portable.
I wouldn’t be surprised if it also had a higher-resolution display, more memory, or other improvements.