At Pax Prime 2013, NVIDA showcased their frontline Android-based portable gaming system, the SHIELD. The device was announced around the beginning of this year, and was showcased at both CES and Pax East. Aside from being a robust stand-alone device, we have also seen the headline feature of streaming PC games to the handheld. As an added bonus we got to see this feature work “in reverse” in a hands on demo with ActionTec’s ScreenBeam: A device that can stream video from the handheld to your TV. Continue reading to see that in action and to hear more about Shield directly from its project lead at NVIDIA!
The form of the system is a controller with a 5 inch screen that flips out from over the controls – a clear approach to the mobile concept. When “closed” the screen is folded in, protecting both itself and the front facing controls, allowing for some self-protecting transport. The protected controls consist of dual analog sticks, a d-pad, 4 (game) buttons, and some auxiliary buttons such as Start, Back, Home, a sort of volume control and what appears to be an NVIDIA button. Also on the front of the pad are left and right stereo integrated speakers. Along the top rear of the controller exists left and right bumpers and triggers. And the ports included are HDMI, Micro USB, Headphone, and a Micro SD slot.
The device is running stock Android Jelly Bean and the 5 inch screen displays at 720p. However, it’s not just another Android gaming device as the device’s biggest feature is remote PC gaming. With 802.11n 2×2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi, it comes with an ability to play your PC games from your device, streaming via a wifi connection to PC’s with GeForce GTX 650 GPUs (feature still in Beta). It is sporting a Tegra 4 processor (Custom 72-core NVIDIA GeForce® GPU – Quad-core A15 CPU) and will work with Valve’s Big Picture, for you Steam users out there. Here are words on the unit, straight from NVIDIA:
As mentioned before, the functionality of the device doesn’t stop there. ActionTec’s Screenbeam brings even more to the table with their streaming-over-wifi device. This leads to watching Hulu, Netflix, and other media services on your television while having all the rendering performed by your device. Capable at displaying 1080p 3D HD video with less than 100 ms latency response, this handy little dongle comes in at $69.00. Here we let Jay Taylor show us ScreenBeam in action:
Shield is out now, retailing at $299. Dying to get your hands on one? You can purchase it here: http://store.nvidia.com/buyshield. Planning to enhance your streaming capabilities to your big screen? You can read up more on Screeenbeam here: http://shop.actiontec.com/
† Shield image(s) taken from shield.nvidia.com
† ScreenBeam image taken from Actiontec’s product page