Nvidia Shield is a handheld console that plays Android and PC games

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Well here’s something you don’t see every day: A handheld gaming console that looks like an actual console controller but with a built-in display, has controls which are as full-sized as they can get and can play games made for two different platforms. That’s exactly what the new Nvidia Shield does.

The Nvidia Shield is an Android 4.2 running handheld console that’s powered by Nvidia’s latest Tegra 4 processor (which is said to be 6 times as powerful as Tegra 3) and, with the right hardware on your PC, it can also stream PC games wirelessly within your home network to its built-in display or TV. It also has an HDMI port for pumping 4K resolution video to your TV, making the Shield ready for the 4K era (which hopefully comes soon).

Our brand new sister site, Games Per Second (which I contribute to and designed by yours truly) has more details about the Nvidia Shield. I certainly think this device is fascinating as it indicates that PC gaming isn’t forgotten in the era of consoles. Combined with Valve’s Big Picture and upcoming Steam Box console, the Nvidia Shield is one of the various devices we’ll see this year that will push PC gaming into living rooms and back into the hands of ‘mainstream gamers’ (who are currently console players).

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