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Nvidia Unveils Handheld Console, The Shield

Chipmaker Nvidia has revealed its first attempt at game consoles: The Shield.

According to CVG, it's an open platform and Android-powered handheld console featuring a Tegra 4 processor.

It’s an unusual looking little thing: it looks like an Xbox 360 controller with a screen glued on. Nvidia boss Jen-Hsun Huang demonstrated The Shield during the unveiling – explaining that it can be connected to an HDTV, and can function as a console.

The Shield’s Specs:

  • 5-inch retina-display touchscreen
  • HDMI port
  • microSD card slot
  • 10-11 hours in-game battery life
  • 24 hour HD Video playback battery life
The Shield is also able to stream games via Wi-Fi from a Windows PC – as long as you have a GeForce GTX 650 or higher card.

The Shield will be released in Canada and the US a little later this year.