Ubisoft And Epic Games Comment On Nvidia’s Project Shield

By Ishaan . January 7, 2013 . 1:45pm

Last night, videogame hardware component manufacturer, Nvidia, announced that they are developing a portable games console of their own, dubbed “Project Shield”. The device runs on the Android OS and will have the ability to play games from the Android marketplace as well as stream games from your Steam library via your PC.


While no games have officially been announced for Project Shield specifically, developers like Ubisoft and Epic have voiced their approval of the device in a press release shared by Nvidia today.


Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, stated: “Ubisoft is always excited about new hardware developments, and Project Shield promises to bring both mobile and PC gamers a great new gaming experience. Seeing the PC version of Assassin’s Creed III run on the device is a great example of this, and further strengthens Ubisoft’s long-standing relationship with Nvidia.”


Meanwhile, Mark Rein, co-founder of Epic Games, who are behind the immensely successful and widely-utilized Unreal Engine, said: ““With Project Shield, Nvidia brings an uncompromising, high-performance console experience to mobile devices. Amazing games including Real Boxing and Hawken, which utilize the latest Unreal Engine technology, look fantastic on Project Shield. This is just the beginning, and we’re truly excited to see what more Unreal Engine developers will do with so much horsepower in such a compact gaming device.”


Finally, Bill Wagner, chief production officer at Meteor Games, who developed Hawken, states: “Coming from the openness of a PC platform, we love how accessible Project Shield is, and the flexibility it gives gamers everywhere. Project Shield gives us the cutting-edge ability to bring a huge free-to-play PC game like Hawken to the handheld gaming audience.”


Project Shield can also access Android apps such as Hulu, Netflix and Slacker Radio. The device comes with a 5-inch, 1280×720 HD retinal multi-touch screen.


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  • ronin4life

    … did… this actually… just happen? O.o;

  • malek86

    The streaming from Steam was quite interesting a move, since it requires a Kepler card to work (so you can’t have AMD or even an older Nvidia card). While it won’t drive gamers to upgrade, it might still influence the decision of anyone wanting to upgrade.

    Also, one thing I particularly like about the mobile sector in comparison to the console sector, is that hardware is upgraded continuously. While it makes it difficult to catch up, it also makes for a more impressive presentation overall. I mean, it feels just yesterday that mobile phone games didn’t look much better than PSP titles…

    • Yeah, I’m a bit bummed about the Kepler requirement. If the price was right, I’d have definitely gotten this if I could have used it with my 590. (BoughtItOffACoworkerForFairlyCheapDon’tJudgeMe. D: )

      Needing to buy what will probably be an expensive device AND a kepler card (one worth upgrading to, over a 590 = ) to use it really makes me less likely to jump aboard. :C

      • malek86

        But we can probably expect the internal h.264 decoder to be included in all their future cards (much like Purevideo), so it could still be interesting from a more long-term point of view.

  • Oho~ Is that an HDMI output port I see?

    • I think it was confirmed that the Shield has a micro-HDMI out port. :D

    • malek86

      Yes, although I should point out that HDMI output seems to have some impact on performance, at least judging from early tests.

      It’s good to see they went for HDMI though, modern phones always use Micro-HDMI which needs its own power supply (very annoying).

      Edit: scratch that, I see it’s Micro-HDMI… nrrrgh.

  • I’ll stick to my Vita.

  • ragingmerifes

    Game Gear 3.0

  • Jesse Torres

    that looks like a nice piece of hardware.

  • Nee Nee

    The screen looks fragile. It seems as easy to snap as a twig.

  • tubers

    Key points:

    -5″ multi touch 720p display
    -Tegra 4
    -Complete controller
    -The industry standards: USB, HDMI, MicroSD
    -Pure Android (browser, “Android App” store, fast updates)

    -Can Stream PC games (recommends a fast router and at least a GT 650/ 660m)

    Now, I bet the price is gonna be near $ 399.99 MSRP.. That may not be so bad depending on one’s digital consuming habits.

    If they price this much more aggressively, it may have a decent place in a new (but smaller) market.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Blast Processing? :D

  • That video was pretty nice. I’m still hoping that they change the design of the system a little though. It just seems like I’ll be carrying around a bulky controller in my pocket lol

    • Colonel Custard

      I’m more worried about the screen not flipping back further, rather than bulk.

      Edit: Actually now that I think about how the hell are you suppose to hold it…Like a pizza box?

      • Elvick

        I have no idea. I wish they’d show a picture with a dummy person holding it.

        You know you’ve got a winner when people are wondering how you even hold the thing.

  • Suicunesol

    So how much is this? Dedicated portable game devices are not doing that well nowadays. What makes Nvidia think this is going to do better than PSV or 3DS? I wager that this is an experiment, and that it’s not really going to go anywhere. That said, game streaming is a fine idea provided that it’s reliable.

    I have issues with the design however, one of which is that it looks like a heavier Xbox controller. It clearly can’t fit inside a pocket, and it would take up a lot of space in a purse. It doesn’t seem designed for maximum portability.

    Another thing is that it has a multi-touch screen. Correct me if I’m wrong, but a lot of hardcore gamers (which this device targets) have an aversion to touchscreens, and I’m sure many of them don’t want to get fingerprints all over their pretty HD screen.

    Most of the control will clearly happen using the buttons, so I can’t see the touchscreen getting much use. And even if it does, it would be awfully uncomfortable to hold the system, push the buttons, and touch the screen all at the same time.

  • Happy Gamer

    Are we heading to the “NVIDIA NGAGE” era of multiple handhelds or the Atari jaguar era of multiple consoles?

    although this gen seems diff. using platforms such as steam and android to have access across gaming will be interesting.

    The OUYA is interesting in concept as well.

    I am so curious of how the next gen of gaming will become. I somehow feel the rather decaying of “traditional gaming model” that we have faced.

    I also noticed the less emphasis on “Next gen graphics!!!!! can use shaders and render all eye lashes on human character!!!????” comments vs current gen on gen before.

    If anything, I think we hit sort of a graphical “threshold” or should I say bottle neck, where, like in economics,

    moar graphics

    • ErhmagerdWerds

      I can’t help but think of NGAGE as well, even the design screams 90s/early 00s. The Virtual Boy looked less cumbersome :(

  • Mar Mar

    Wouldn’t the screen shake while you’re mashing buttons hard? And how is it gonna compete with 3DS/Vita? You need a PC with installed steam games to use game streaming ….. right?

    • Enzo

      Pretty much. You can’t play PC games without a wifi connection and a PC. Otherwise you can only play android games.

  • majestix1988

    my picture comment: http://i.imgur.com/ftgfG.jpg

  • isfuturebright

    it’s made in china? whats with this design lol

  • Dat D Pad looks horrible.

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