NVIDIA SHIELD Tegra 4 Android Jelly Bean gaming

It’s been in beta mode since it was announced back in January, but now, the NVIDIA SHIELD is ready for prime time. Or at least, you can pre-order it now.

NVIDIA SHIELD is a portable gaming device powered by the Tegra 4 processor, the same processor you’ll find inside HP’s SlateBook and a few other mobile computing devices. The Tegra 4 is a 5-core (4+1 core), ARM Cortex-A15 processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.9 GHz, powerful GeForce graphics, and 2 GB RAM. You may view the full specs here.

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On the software side, it will ship with Android Jelly Bean, Google Play, NVIDIA TegraZone and a few popular games – Sonic 4 Episode II THD, Expendable: Rearmed, Hulu Plus, TwitchTV.
NVIDIA SHIELD Tegra 4 Android Jelly Bean gaming

It also features an experimental (beta) version of Play PC, NVIDIA’s PC game streaming technology that enables you to wirelessly interface with your GeForce® GTX-powered computer from the SHIELD. The downside to Play PC is that streaming is only supported from Windows 7 or 8. It’s a major disappointment when a mobile Linux distribution fails to support regular desktop Linux distributions.

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In any case, here’s a really cool video showcasing the SHIELD in action. The unit retails for US$349.00. Residents in the US and Canada may pre-order from here.

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