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Nvidia reveals Android-powered handheld device called Shield

Handheld game console wields quad-core Tegra 4 processor

Nvidia has used its pre-CES showcase to unveil Shield, the chipmaker's first foray into bespoke game consoles.

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The open platform, Android-powered handheld device is powered by a Tegra 4 processor, and resembles a home console controller with a screen attached.

Demonstrated by Nvidia's chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang, the Shield can be attached to a HD TV and used as a home console. It boasts a 5-inch retina-display touchscreen, HDMI port and a microSD card slot. Its battery life is said to be 10-11 hours in-game, and 24 hours for HD video playback.

Additionally, the Shield is capable of streaming games from a Windows PC via Wi-Fi, so long as it wields a GeForce GTX 650 or higher card.

Nvidia says the Shield will be available in the US and Canada in the second quarter of 2013.

During his demonstration, Huang showed footage of forthcoming mech-shooter Hawken.

More details as they come to hand.

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