During its pre-CES press event, Nvidia has unveil its first portable console called Shied – an open Android-powered handheld device powered by the new Tegra 4 processor. The new console looks like your regular game controller with a 5-inch, 1280X720 touchscreen attached to it.
The new console comes with a USB and HDMI ports as well as a microSD card slot. Battery life is expected to be 10-11 hours of gaming or 24 hours for HD video playback. Apart from the obvious capabilities of a portable console, Shield can be connected to a TV screen using an HDMI cable and serve as a home console as well. It will also be able to stream games straight from your PC as long as it runs Windows OS and has a GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPU.
Below is a real-time demo of the Shield’s Tegra 4 chip, said to be six times as powerful as the Tegra 3.