Nvidia's Android-powered device features a full-sized controller and PC streaming capabilities.

This article titled “Project Shield: Nvidia enters the portable console battle” was written by Keith Stuart, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 7th January 2013 14.34 UTC

Computer graphics giant Nvidia is launching its own portable games console. Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday, the device features the company’s powerful new Tegra 4 chipset and runs the Android operating system. It is set for launch in the spring.

Sporting a five-inch, 1280×720 HD retinal multitouch display and a full-sized console-like controller, Project Shield can also stream games from any PC equiped with a GeForce GTX 650 GPU graphics card – allowing gamers to play their games on a TV in any room of the house. Running a pure version of Android, the console can also play any title available on Google Play or Nvidia’s own TegraZone store. There is also support for the Steam Big Picture service, which allows subscribers to Valve’s digital download service to play titles on a TV.

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