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Kicking off the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a bang, Nvidia has announced Tegra 4 as the world's new fastest mobile processor, and most surprisingly a new portable gaming device to leverage that speed themselves.

According to a live blog of the reveal event, Project Shield can play "console quality" games on the go, with a 5-inch, 720p Retinal multitouch screen, and a Tegra 4 processor purportedly capable of outputting 4K resolution video over HDMI to an external display.

The manufacturer insists that the device runs pure Android with no silly skins, and will offer games from the Google Play store, opening up a very interesting new avenue for Android game developers due to the device's clamshell-attached, dual-analogue stick controller with an Xbox-esque button layout.

Additionally, Project Shield will also be able to wirelessly stream games running on desktop PC's with a GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPU, demoed playing games from a Steam library, showing functionality to the PS Vita's remote-play of supported PlayStation 3 games.

A 33Wh battery purports to offer five to ten hours of gaming, or 24 hours of HD movie viewing. No pricing has been announced yet, but we'll likely find out soon, as a North American launch is pegged for second quarter 2013.

Watch the video below for a shiny render of the device supposedly running real-time game footage, and check out shield.nvidia.com for the full spread.

10:21pm 07/01/13 Permalink
10:21pm 07/01/13 Permalink
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10:27pm 07/01/13 Permalink
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Looks like a cool device, doesn't interest me specifically, but some cool ideas for the future with the WiFi streaming and stuff.

The only thing that worries me is the relatively huge heatsink for a mobile chip, makes me wonder if there are going to be heat issues with smartphones and tablets using Tegra 4 in the future.
10:37pm 07/01/13 Permalink
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10:45pm 07/01/13 Permalink
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This reminds me of the Nokia Taco or "N-Gage".

Looks far too specialized to really be practical. I mean when you can buy a tablet that can do a whole bunch of things and plug a controller into it, why would you spend money on something clearly designed to only do one and probably cost as much if not more due to it's complicated nature?

Not to mention you have no control over screen positioning, if you're like me you don't exactly have your hands in front of your face when using a controller, I can only see it as being awkward to use like that.
11:25pm 07/01/13 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
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I'd much rather buy a Vita or 3DS with games that are designed specifically for buttons and sticks.
12:55am 08/01/13 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
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OUYA Killer!
12:58am 08/01/13 Permalink
Cairns, Queensland
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Additionally, Project Shield will also be able to wirelessly stream games running on desktop PC's with a GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPU, demoed playing games from a Steam library, showing functionality to the PS Vita's remote-play of supported PlayStation 3 games.

Wake me when it runs Win8 and I can just load Steam onto it. Would be awesome then.
10:26am 08/01/13 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
7592 posts
Nah, looks like the way it works is the PC does all the crunching and uses the device as a WiDi-like HDMI display. So it just runs a lower-res display locally.
10:50am 08/01/13 Permalink
Cairns, Queensland
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Nah, looks like the way it works is the PC does all the crunching and uses the device as a WiDi-like HDMI display. So it just runs a lower-res display locally.

Yeh but they claim that it can run 'console quality' games via android without a wi-fi tether so it has some grunt under the hood and storage etc.

I gather its not quite beefy enough for a Windows8 install but sometime soon we might see such a thing. And buy the s*** out of it.
10:59am 08/01/13 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
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Sounds promising. Hopefully they will have many great tegra 4 games on release date. Knowing that companies like to price markup in AU, it will probably be $100, $200 more than US. Also how heavy is it and how does it feel in the hands. Personally, it's going to be pretty hard to beat my ps vita for handling. I'm looking forward to at least have a play with one. Hopefully it will surprise me.
11:15am 08/01/13 Permalink
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So Bohemia Interactive have announced a game for this thing. Arma Tactics, a turn base strategy game. First thing that came to mind for me was a cross between Full Spectrum Warrior and Jagged Alliance... for a fancy gameboy, though is does mention potential for future release on other mobile devices and PC/MAC. Press release below.

Prague, Czech Republic January 30, 2013 - Bohemia Interactive, the award-winning independent Czech development studio, proudly announces the development of a turn-based close-combat strategy game entitled Arma Tactics; planned for a Q2 2013 release for NVIDIA Tegra devices.

Arma Tactics is a turn-based close-combat strategy game, where the player takes control of a four-member Special Forces team. There are no given strategies, rails to move on, or paths to follow; it‘s up to the player to decide how he will play through both the story-driven missions and generated missions with randomized objectives. Whether using stealth or a more direct approach, players will need to use their strategic thinking and use both basic and advanced weaponry while facing many different opponents - ranging from unorganized local militia to smart and skilled mercenaries.

Arma Tactics is coming to mobile. The finest assets used in the critically acclaimed Arma™ series on PC now come to life on Tegra devices in one of the best looking mobile games to date.

http://www.bistudio.com/images/stories/armaTa/screenshots/Arma_Tactic_201.jpg http://www.bistudio.com/images/stories/armaTa/screenshots/Arma_Tactic_205.jpg http://www.bistudio.com/images/stories/armaTa/screenshots/Arma_Tactic_206.jpg http://www.bistudio.com/images/stories/armaTa/screenshots/Arma_Tactic_208.jpg

Arma Tactics takes full advantage of Project SHIELD’s console-grade controller, and when connected to a television, the game utilizes Project SHIELD’s unique multi-screen gaming, allowing the audience to experience entertaining vantage points that differ from the player’s. Optimizations for NVIDIA Tegra 4, the world’s fastest mobile processor, include enhanced physics simulation, bloom post-processing effects and increased objects and geometry. With highly replayable missions, achievements, weapons to unlock and whole campaigns to be regularly added, Arma Tactics offers many hours of intense ever-changing action.

Arma Tactics Key Features:

- Exclusive launch title for the upcoming NVIDIA Tegra 4, Project SHIELD
- Developed in close cooperation with NVIDIA
- Explore highly detailed environments that come to life with sophisticated particle systems and post-process effects
- See your men come to life with animations captured by a powerful motion-capture solution
- Lead them through a single player campaign or improve your skills in generated missions
- Gather experience points to level up your characters, upgrade weapons and unlock special equipment
- Choose your difficulty – we make sure the game is fun to play for both casual players and hardcore gamers
- Play as you like – by touching your screen or by using gamepad controls
- Potential future platform iOS, Android, PC, MAC, Linux expecting released date Q3 2013

For screenshots, videos and more information, be sure to check out the Arma Tactics page.
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