Nvidia is starting off CES with a bang, showing off a new concept device at Sunday’s pre-show kickoff event. Codenamed “Project SHIELD,” the new gadget resembles a console game controller with a screen, but is designed to give PC gamers a way to play more easily from anywhere in their homes.
Project SHIELD is an Android device and can stream PC games from any computer with a Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics processing unit as well as titles from the gaming platform Steam. Project SHIELD is designed to work with Steam’s big picture mode, which lets users put their PC games on their televisions, and use the console-like controller for better gameplay.
It will also be able to download Android games, including those optimized for the company’s processor in the Nvidia’s “TegraZone” game store.
The 5-inch screen has a retina display that will be able to stream high-definition and ultra high-definition content, and makes use of Nvidia technology that will adapt the display to the type of game users are playing. CNET’s Roger Cheng reported that the device is set to launch in the second quarter of this year.