Review of Nvidia Project Shield gaming console


Nvidia Project Shield is the latest game controller, developed by Nvidia. The device is powered by Android 4.2 operating system and Tegra 4 processor. The Project Shield is suitable for playing both the Mobile and PC games. Read this article to know more information about the Nvidia Project Shield.

Nvidia introduced their first gaming console earlier in this year 2013. The device named as Nvidia Project Shield. Project Shield is a handheld gaming console, which powered by Android operating system and is capable of streaming PC games. The device is a fully gaming controller for both mobile games as well as PC games.

Design and build of Nvidia Project Shield


Project Shield is definitely a discovery in the field of gaming. While considering project Shield and other gaming controllers, this one is little bit heavier and bulkier. Project Shield features a 5 inch, 720p multi-touch HD display. There are 4 individual buttons in the upper right section and 4 buttons on the top side. Apart from these 8 buttons, there is another set of 5 buttons in the centre, which are used for various Android key functions and for going back to home or previous menu. Practically there is not much difference between in the design of Shield and Xbox 360. They only differ in the placement of analog controller and D-pad. The device will feel solid and responsive while gaming. The screen used in Project Shield is a thin and non-detachable screen but this adds more weight to the device. As the device is little bit bulky, it will cause some difficulty for small hand sized users.

Nvidia project Shield

PC game streaming functionality


The most important feature of the Project Shied is that, this device got PC game streaming function. You can play PC games in the device itself remotely by combining the Project Shield with PC. Project Shield even supports HD games without any lag or delay. If you are streaming PC game in the device, there will not be any lag between the device and PC in running the game, which makes Project Shield differ from other gaming consoles. And if you want to access this feature, you should have a PC with Nvidia graphics card, which is Nvidia 600 series or above and should also install GeForce Experience Optimization software. This software detects and sets optimal graphics settings for the gaming device.

Game support


Project Shield supports almost all type of games. This device supports Android games, which can be downloaded from Google play store, PC games, Steam games and the device also helps you to play online games as well. Even though, Shield supports all types of games, Android games looks better in the device.

Connectivity


Nvidia Project Shield offers a wide range of connectivity options. The device comes with a micro USB port, 3.5 mm head phone jack and HDMI port. You can plug a 3.5 mm head phone to the device and enjoy the game audio without disturbing others, even if you are in a crowd. HDMI port enables you to connect your game controller to HDMI support television or laptops to play games in a big screen. Project Shield also offers 802.11n 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, which offers high-speed data transfer.

Nvidia project Shield

Battery life


The shield has a battery capacity for more than 20 hours of game streaming. Nvidia increased the battery life by using GeForce GTX GPU, which uses less power, energy saving PRISM 2 technology, which is Shield's own hardware and a battery saver core to increase the charge time.

Specifications


Form Factor: Flip
Dimensions (in inches): 5.31(L) x 6.22 (W) x 2.24 (T)
Weight: 1.28 pounds
Color: black
Display: 5 inches, LCD, capacitive multi-touch screen
Processor: quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4
Memory: 2GB RAM
Storage: 16GB, expandable using microSD card
Controls: D-pad, Shoulder buttons, Analog controllers
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, MicroUSB port, HDMI, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Pros and Cons


Pros:
1. Streams pc games, steam games and Android games
2. No lag in streaming games
3. Tegra 4 is the fastest processor available now
4. Latest Android operating system: Android 4.2 jellybean
5. Good battery life
Cons:
1. Requires local network connection to connect with PC.
2. Comparatively high price
3. Heavier and bulkier

Release date and Price


Nvidia decided to release their Project Shield into the open market, in June 2013. The pre-ordering of the Project Shield has already started from 20th May 2013 and the pre-ordering can be done in Nvidia's official website. The Project Shield prices at a rate tag of exactly $349. We can look forward to see, if the device justifies its price tag.

Video review of Nvidia Project Shield




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