Kicking off the Consumer Electronics Show, the chipmaker unwraps a new quad-core potable gaming console that bears its own name.
LAS VEGAS–Who says you can’t teach an old chipmaker new tricks? Not Nvidia. At CES, the company announced its own gaming device, Nvidia Shield, which will bear its brand name as well as its quad-core Tegra 4 processor.
Shield is small — smaller than a Wii U controller. Fittingly, it looks like a portable Xbox controller with a small flip-up screen. It’s got analog joysticks, buttons, and controllers. Nvidia promises between 5 and 10 hours of gameplay on Shield.
“It’s pure Android,” says Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. There’s nothing proprietary about it; all jacks are standard and the platform is open. It comes with a microSD card slot.
Shield can connect to the cloud to play Android games, TegraZone games, and PC games for PCs with compatible GeForce graphics cards. It also supports multiplayer mode.
The move from making chipsets to assembling the hardware that houses them is a bold one for Nvidia, which traditionally partners with device-makers to power their mobile and desktop computing hardware.
Becoming a hardware manufacturer in addition to creating processors would give Nvidia another revenue stream, as well as greater latitude in device designs that house their chips.
Though a surprising move, Nvidia does have some experience speccing out and creating devices. The company currently builds reference models that they then actively pitch to hardware partners, like Asus and Acer, for instance.
Most recently, Nvidia partnered with Leyden Energy to provide a longer-lasting battery for a tablet reference design.
Nvidia isn’t showing off its new tablet tonight, but CNET tablet reviewer Eric Franklin will get photos, video, and first impressions as soon as possible.
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