Android Geeks reports that Nvidia's Tegra 4-powered Project Shield handheld gaming platform has shown up on the AnTuTu Android benchmark, scoring a 32,150. The device is using Android 4.2.1 "Jelly Bean" and a Nvidia SoC clocked at 1.9 GHz. That's higher than the Exynos 5 Octa eight-core SoC in Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone which recently scored a 28,018 in the AnTuTu benchmark.
Late last month, the HP SlateBook 10 x2, a 10-inch tablet based on Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean", appeared on AnTuTu clocked at 1.81 GHz. It's believed to sport the Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC as well, and scored a 27,259, lower than the Project Shield handheld. Additional Tegra 4 devices that have shown up on the benchmark include the HP Slate 21 AIO (23,584) and the Toshiba AT10LE-A (28,058). An early Tegra 4 test managed a 36305 score.
As far as we know, Project Shield is still on course for a 2Q13 release, likely during E3 2013 next month. The device will primarily serve as a handheld Android gaming unit, but will also have the ability to stream PC games from a local Kepler-GPU-based gaming PC on the same network. Our latest hands-on with the console can be read here, stemming from Nvidia's GTC 2013 back in March.
On the hardware front, Project Shield features a 5-inch capacitive multi-touch screen, two built-in speakers, Wireless-N connectivity, HDMI output, a microUSB port, a microSD card slot, 32 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM. It's essentially a 5-inch tablet in the shape of an Xbox controller. It won't be a closed system like OUYA, but will list Tegra-enhanced games through the company's Tegra Zone app offered on Google Play.
As for the power output of the device, as stated it is only slightly more powerful than the current line of flagship smartphones offered by so many vendors. However it will also be priced under $300, not $600.
Really the only reason I could see for getting one is if your gaming PC is hooked up to a TV, then if someone else in your house wants to use the TV, you could switch to the Shield to keep playing your game. Sony is doing the same thing with the Vita and the PS4 for that very reason, but at least the Vita is cheaper than the Shield, cheap enough that it might be worth buying one just for that purpose (there is a rumor that the Vita will see a price drop when the PS4 launches, as well as a talk of a PS4/Vita bundle that will save even more money). On the other hand, I heard a rumor that the Shield could cost as much as $400, plus it only works with 600 series or later Nvidia graphics, if you have an older Nvidia card or AMD you'd need to pay even more for a new graphics card. It just doesn't seem practical.
I'd rather play PC games on my TV which kills my need for MS' next xbox. That's the point. It also is a great media player. It's a portable bluray...LOL as it will play any 1080p file I throw at it probably. Any movie you rip output to TV (for anyone who doesn't have this already on a phone or tablet). They claim 4k but I'll believe that when I see it. Hogwash I say but I don't need that for another 3yrs anyway when 4k tv's come down to mere mortal levels...LOL.
I need a 65+ 4K at $1500 with a brand name on it. Until then 4K on anything doesn't mean much. No point in 4K at anything under this size for me, I won't be able to tell much difference between that and 1080p on a 50in. 4K is for BIG tv's where you'll see the difference.
Anyone that's a gamer will buy a new card eventually anyway. 65% of them already RUN NV cards. All cards you'll buy from 650 up run it and so will ALL new cards from maxwell most likely. You don't NEED your pc hooked to the TV. That is the point here, your pc & tv can be in different rooms and still play games on it with the gamepad. Didn't anyone watch the demos? The PC was not hooked to the TV. Google miracast.
PC games on my TV via this device means no console sale to me this time (I own 2 ps2's and a xbox360). No sale this time. BT keyboard and mouse when needed or the pad for gamepad ports that suck on a pc with the keyboard/mouse. I'm sold as long as it's not overpriced (highly unlikely given handheld competition pricing). If pricing is anywhere near Vita/3ds I'm in. I'd pay a bit of a premium for the pc on the tv part, as the others can't do that and that alone saves me a $400-600 next gen console. I'll happily put that money into a vid card when maxwell comes. If I'm looking at a 3ds/vita already, this is a no brainer with an NV card or planned NV card purchase. If you buy one of those you still need the console. No thanks. I'll take shield. I'll upgrade to rev2 or whatever when 4K is important. No doubt they'll be revving it yearly (or every 2) just like ouya said they will.
NV haters on here don't even know what the NV products do...LOL. WOW. No matter who I like or dislike I pay attention to what the products actually do and my wallet votes for the best product no matter who's name is on it. I love AMD but NV is getting my money this time if only due to the drivers that are STILL being worked on (prototype, enduro etc) over a year later! I want my product to work out of the box, not a year+ later.
Dang double posting crap comment section. Fix this toms. Soon please.
Why no delete button for this post? And why does the comment section seem to ignore spacing between paragraphs? I keep having to come to the forum and fix them.