Nvidia shows off Project Shield console

Nvidia unveils new Project Shield videogame console at CES 2013

Graphics chip maker Nvidia has unveiled Project Shield, a brand new videogames console powered by the new Tegra 4 chip

Nvidia have hit the ground running at CES 2013 in Las Vegas by unveiling a brand new portable videogames console. Named Project Shield, the Android-based console is apparently capable of streaming PC Games to users on the go.

The new mobile console was unveiled at CES by Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun huang, who walked an audience of journalists through its features. Project Shield is powered by Nvidia's bran d new Tegra 4 chipset boasting 72 GPU cores and a quad-core A15 processor. These in turn combine with the console's battery-saver core and energy-saving PRISM 2 technology, to deliver hours of gameplay on a single charge.

But Project Shield really has the edge on other portable gaming devices - such as smartphones and tablets - is in its interface. The console has a built-in controller, similar in shape and design to an Xbox 360 control pad, featuring triggers, bumpers, twin joysticks, a D-pad and face buttons. Shield also contains a 1280x720 pixel screen.

"Project Shield was created by Nvidia engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play," said Jen-Hsun Huang. "We were inspired by a vision that the rise of mobile and cloud technologies will free us from our boxes, letting us game anywhere, on any screen. We imagined a device that would do for games what the iPod and Kindle have done for music and books, letting us play in a cool new way. We hope other gamers love Shield as much as we do."

As yet, no launch details have been made available - and it's been hinted that Project Shield may not even be the device's name when it comes to market.