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.