NVIDIA have announced the development of Project Shield a hand held gaming system based around the Tegra 4 running an optimised Android OS. The hand held device can play console-quality games on its 5-inch, 720p Retinal multi-touch display boasting 294ppi.

The clamshell design incorporates the controller into the device, which resembles the layout of most modern controllers, i.e. the unit has two analogue control sticks, traditional d-pad and four function button array.

For the Android fans out there who are asking, the unit DOES support the Play Store and other features Google Apps etc. as well as the Tegra Zone.

One feature that may impress PC gamers is the Shields ability to stream games from a GTX 650 or better equipped PC via Wi-Fi, enabling users to access their Steam Library and other supported games on their PC, with the ability to then stream the Shields display to a TV wirelessly coming soon.

Although the Shield isn’t the products shipping name NVIDIA haven’t suggested what the name may be or what gamers can expect to pay for the item, however a Q2 shipping time has been suggested.

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