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NVIDIA Portable Announced

NVIDIA unveils Project Shield, a handheld android gaming device powered by a 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU/Quad-core A15 CPU. This will include support for playing PC games on NVIDIA-powered systems as well, as outlined on this page:

Project SHIELD gives you the power to wirelessly access your GeForceŽ GTX-powered computer from the comfort of your couch. Play your favorite PC games, including great titles from Steam, on a full-size game controller with ultra-low latency thanks to Project SHIELD's game-speed Wi-Fi and the fast performance of GeForce GTX 600 GPUs.

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39. Re: NVIDIA Portable Announced Jan 8, 2013, 06:14 jdreyer
 
Dev wrote on Jan 7, 2013, 17:02:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 7, 2013, 14:27:
Dev wrote on Jan 7, 2013, 14:13:
To me, the most interesting thing is the CPU/GPU. Could that be used on a potential steam box to have good gaming performance and cheap cost?

There's no version of Steam that runs on ARM procs, and there are no Steam games that run on ARM procs, either. I'm pretty sure any Steam box would stick with some form of Intel CPU coupled with an NVidia/AMD GPU.
Those are barriers, but they aren't insurmountable. Valve could make a version that runs on arm. Devs could submit things that run on win, mac, linux, AND tegra/mobile, that would be fairly decent attraction to get more customers to steam. Or they could contract with nvidia to do a special integrated tegra chip on a card (hugely expensive I know, to get custom stuff like that, but valve could afford it if they really wanted to. I think it would be a waste though).

Oh, for sure, it's a possibility. It just seems like the Steam box is something that will come out in the short term, while Steam adopting Android games and having an android version of Steam seems like something that will be more long-term. It took them 3 years to release a Linux client, so I imagine that is the kind of timeframe we'd be looking at for Steam on Android. Don't get me wrong though, I'd love to see my Steam version of Defender's Quest running on my Galtab.
 
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