Project Shield is a handheld gaming console running pure, unmodified Android. At its core is the newly announce Tegra 4 ARM chip, but that’s not all.
The device looks like a standard wireless controller with a flip-up screen. Around the back are I/O ports, and there’s no proprietary nonsense here. HDMI, USB, microSD, and and audio jack. Jen-Hsun Huang even used Project Shield to push a 4K video over HDMI to a 4K TV. Both the gamepad controls and the touchscreen can be used to navigate the Android UI.
Because this is running a full version of Android, all the games you see in Google Play (and more specifically Tegra Zone) will be available on Shield. This is looking like a killer product.
Now Whats the Surprise Pack??
Nvidia slipped a surprise into their CES press conference this evening: a short and sweet look at Dead Trigger 2. As the only technical demo for the screaming Tegra 4 platform, it looked mighty impressive – based on the streaming video, the graphics look just a little behind the Xbox 360/Playstation 3 level. The short demo video showed live game video of the player wielding an M4 machine gun to dispatch an enormous building-sized zombie.
Unfortunately, Madfinger wasn’t on hand to elaborate, so anything beyond the brief look here is speculation. Based on the success of the original zombie shooter, they’ll probably be using the same free-to-play model as before. Expect to hear more about Dead Trigger 2 at the very latest.