Nvidia has unveiled the next generation of its Tegra line of mobile processors at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Tegra 4 chip boasts the ability to output 4K resolution and will support Unreal Engine 4. Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took to the stage to make the announcement adding that Tegra 4 makes use of 72 GPUs and will use next generation Texas Instruments A15 mobile CPUs.
The main event of the conference, however, was the reveal of “Project Shield”: an Android based portable gaming system that can play Android titles natively, and also select PC games via streaming over a wifi network (à la the Wii U). The system itself consists of a gamepad, similar to the shape of an Xbox 360 controller with the analog stick placement of Sony’s DualShock 3, and an attached 5 inch 720p “retinal” display with 294 ppi. It will be powered by the new Tegra 4 processor and use Jelly Bean as its operating system with support for 4K video output via its built-in HDMI port. Players who own PCs with GeForce 600 series GPUs will be have access to a selection of Steam titles that will be playable via the “Project Shield” device. Games that support this feature include Assassin’s Creed III, Battlefield 3, and Borderlands 2, among others.
No price or release date for “Project Shield” was mentioned at the event, but details are expected to be released with the announcement of the 700 series of GeForce GPUs in the next few months.
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