The Android-based system runs games from Android's Google Play store, and also allows users to stream games installed on their home PC for play on the Shield's screen. Games demonstrated during Nvidia's press conference included Hawken and the PC versions of Need For Speed: Most Wanted and Assassin's Creed III.
Project Shield is based on the company's recently-announced Tegra 4 processor. It will have lithium batteries that last for 38 hours. In addition to a HDMI port, the system also has a micro-SD slot, micro-USB slot, and a headphone jack.
Attached to the controller itself is a five-inch, 1280x720 pixel HD multitouch screen that is based on a clamshell design. The system will also be able to output HD gameplay and video to a 4K TV screen. There is currently no word on "Project Shield's" price and release date.
Nvidia also pushed Nvidia Grid, a GPU that is specifically made for cloud-computing and cloud-gaming all across various PCs and smartphones that was announced back in May of 2012. The card can push out about 240 Nvidia GPUs worth of power, which is equivalent to about 700 Xbox 360s, according to Nvidia officials at the press conference. Currently, Nvidia's partners in conjunction with the card are Agawi, Cyber Cloud, Cloudunion, G-cluster, Ubitus and Playcast.
Born and raised from a jungle-laden village in Sarawak, Malaysia, Jonathan Toyad has been playing games since the early 90s. He favors fighting games, RPGs, and rhythm titles above every other genre, and occasionally spaces out like Pavlov's dog to video game music on his iPod.