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Published on January 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by Philippe Baghdassarian

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Valve and Nvidia copy the Wii U? They’re doing it right.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you heard of Piston (pictured on the left), which quite frankly made me loose faith in the whole Steambox project. Why? Well it was a small PC in your living room, nothing new there so why buy this?

However, it was strongly emphasized that Piston was one of many prototypes.

But, It was pretty clear that Gabe Newell is set on invading the console market. Kotaku reports:

A few weeks ago, Valve boss Gabe Newell told me that living-room-friendly PC packages sold by both Valve and third-party companies will be available in 2013.

 

A few days later at CES 2013 Nvidia and Valve announced SHIELD which features a controller with a screen and a Tegra 4 processor.

 

 

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Now you’re doing it right!

In my opinion, that’s a huge improvement over the Piston. Yeah, it looks like the xbox 360 controller and Wii U gamepad had a child together and this popped up and it looks awesome.

Personally, I’m really excited to see what happens with the gaming scene in 2013. Gabe Newell is a new player and has the means to make something like this happen.

 

Anyways, here are some of the specs I got from Nvidia’s website:

  • Custom 72-core NVIDIA GeForce® GPU Quad-core A15 CPU
  • Ultimate control and precision with a full-size console-grade game controller
  • 5-inch 720p retinal multi-touch display for high fidelity visuals
  • Custom, bass-reflex, tuned port audio system delivers fidelity and custom range never before experienced on a portable device
  • 802.11n 2×2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi provides high-bandwidth, ultra-fast wireless for seamless game streaming
  • Project SHIELD is stocked with the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, providing access to all your favorite Android applications and games

This means you’ll be able to play both Android games and PC games on it, making it both a handheld and a TV console. Cool stuff!

[Forbes]
[Nvidia]

 

Tags: shield, tegra 4, nvidia, valve, tegra


About the Author

Phil is the Founder of Arkade.me and loves MMOs and RPGs, his favorite series is The Elder Scrolls.



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