News has been floating around the internet this past week about the new console being developed by PC gaming giants Nvidia. Code named ‘Project Shield’ this mini console will give gamers the opportunity to play Android games and stream PC games both on the console or on their Tv. So just what else can this little console do and how will it fit into the up coming console war?
The vision behind Project Shield is to boost the idea of cloud and mobile gaming. In an interview with Kotaku Nvidia’s co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huag spoke about the console and the vision behind it.
“Project Shield was created by Nvidia engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play. We were inspired by a vision that the rise of mobile and cloud technologies will free us from our boxes, letting us game anywhere, on any screen. 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.”
It sounds like Nvidia have a pretty big ideas about Project Shield’s true potential, but will it really be gaming’s answer to the iPod or Kindle? Personally I’m not convinced. One big technical fault with the concept seems to be that you need a gaming PC to stream the games from before you can play them, meaning that you can only download Android games onto the device itself. To me this makes the device seem more like an accessory than a new stand alone console.
So what does the console itself feature? Here is a list of technical specs:
A custom 72-core Nvidia G-force GPU Quad-core A15 CPU: Currently the worlds fastest mobile processor.
Full sized console grade controller: Which some will say looks quite a lot like a 360 controller.
Multi touch 5-inch 720p retinal display screen: A neat little screen that attaches to the controller itself making portable gaming possible.
Integrated speakers which feature a bass flexed, tuned port audio system: Apparently these are top quality speakers, hopefully with no tinny horrible noises that you would usually get from small speakers
802.11n 2×2 MIMO Game Speed Wi-Fi: Top of the range Wi-Fi for online gaming
Latest Android jellybean OS: This will provide Project Shield with access to all Android apps and games.
It sounds to me that so far Project Shield will be a bit like a cross between the Onlive system and the Wii U game pad which will aim to change the face of gaming. Though it won’t be right for every gamer, it is defiantly something I will be keeping an eye on.