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Nvidia unveils Project Shield to stream PC games to portable device

7 Jan 2013  by   Paul Younger
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Nvidia Project Shield

Nvidia has revealed their latest piece of tech currently called project Shield at CES.

The handheld controller device is powered by their mobile processor Tegra 4 and will allow gamers to stream not only Android games to their TV or attached screen via the controller, but also games from your Steam library.  If your PC includes a GeForce FTX GPU then you’ll be able to use the system.

This means that you can also play Steam games on any TV in your home with the game streaming via wi-fi from the PC to the controller.  Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer at NVIDIA added:

“We imagined a device that would do for games what the iPod and Kindle have done for music and books, letting us play in a cool new way. We hope other gamers love SHIELD as much as we do.”

Nvidia also say that the device is “console grade controller” with “ultimate precision” and it comes with a an integrated 5-inch, 1280×720 HD retinal multitouch display, with 294 dpi screen attached to the device. The device includes a speaker system so you quite simply have a gaming machine in your hands.

The fact that the device can stream games from your Steam library is an interesting one and it will make the PC in your home more portable which is a plus for PC gamers. However, we have to remember that most PC games are pretty crap on a controller so how useful it will actually be remains to be seen. For games such as Assassin’s Creed 3 it should work rather well.

More info can be found on the new Project Shield site.

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  1. Zalis

    I am much more likely to buy a Steam Box than something like this. On the other hand, if it comes down to a Wii U or this and they’re comparatively priced…

    January 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  2. DavidTheSlayer

    Looks good on paper, but I still prefer to own my games, i.e. physical copy with key than pay for a contemporary stream service that can be pulled at any moment. Too much garden lock-in going on for me I guess. At least the controller looks playable with Monster Hunter if Capcom were too release it on this.

    January 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  3. brad schoenfeld

    The problem will be the necessity to be connected to the internet to play steam games, for this reason I don’t think it will compete on the same level as the vita and whatever Microsoft has planned. The people who are ripping it have no right to say anything until we see pc streaming.

    May 20, 2013 at 3:02 am

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