Just in case you slept through the first week of January, take a peek back at our coverage of Project Shield, NVIDIA's attempt to inject the Android gaming market with a  Tegra 4-powered supersoldier serum. There's still no word on exactly when shield will hit the market, but the boys in green want to make sure it stays in your mind. To that end, they've just posted a short run-down of a year's worth of Shield development on their blog, including the frantic construction of show-ready units less than two weeks before NVIDIA's CES presentation. Fried chicken was apparently a vital component of the limited manufacturing process.

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The "Shield" branding seems more appropriate than ever, as the chronicler details engineers and samples being flown from the US, Europe and Asia into an unmarked building in Oregon. Under conditions of extreme secrecy, hardware director Andrew Bell rushed to get the software and the units themselves into a presentable condition before the tech world's biggest show. The secrecy aspect may be the most impressive here: after a year's worth of development, Shield was still a complete surprise at the pre-convention presentation. In a world where every major smartphone release seems to be leaked a month or so before it's revealed, that's a downright miracle.

The blog post is basically an advertisement - there are no major revelations about timeframe, pricing, compatibility, or software updates. And some of you (those of you who have an ATI graphics card, certainly) will balk at NVIDIA's frequent mention of their commitment to open standards. But for anyone desperate for a peek behind the curtain, it's a good read.

As NVIDIA’s smart, funny marketing VP Ujesh Desai put it, when cynical gamers ask the eternal question – ‘but can it play Crysis’ – NVIDIA will have a simple answer ‘yes it does.’

Well played, NVIDIA. Well played.

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Daniel

    It doesn't play Crysis.... it *streams* Crysis. Big difference. It means you also need a PC capable of playing Crysis. And if you're tied to the same Wifi network (i.e. at home), why not just play Crysis on the PC?

    • RetroZelda

      what if you want to play crisis while going to the bathroom?

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      • fixxmyhead

        do u really take poops that long? after like 10 mins of sitting my legs start to fall asleep. it starts with that tingly feeling cuz youre sitting on your things and its not getting enough blood to your legs

        • sssgadget

          But but Crysis...

        • RetroZelda

          i feel a new invention coming on. a reclining toilet

        • VoiceofSky

          your legs fall asleep while pooping?.. you must have a really tall toilet with your feet dangling then lol.. Cuz Low toilets are perfect for long caca times with my Gnex in my hand..My legs never fall asleep.. IF anything,my butt cheeks will fall asleep ,but whetevz haha =)

          • fixxmyhead

            no its a regular toilet. i think its just the way i poop. i lean forward all the way down for maximum spreadage u know so i dont smear any on my buttcheeks and after a while i get that tingly feeling.

        • alter

          same with me, my feet will get crammed if I sit on toilet more than 15 minutes.
          and it's sitting toilet, not squat one.

      • http://www.facebook.com/darrien.glasser Darrien Glasser

        I don't know about you, but I'm pretty down to crap and play Crysis.

    • marcusmaximus04

      Of note: they haven't stated yet if their streaming service will be limited to the same local network.

      • Daniel

        "[Huang] explained that Nvidia's GeForce Experience software can pipe PC gaming to the handheld over your local network..."


        • marcusmaximus04

          Right, but there was a later article(don't have a link) clarifying that it may or may not work outside the local network.

      • Dudeguybro

        Have you ever tried OnLive? Well it would be even laggier than that, since the "server" is on a residential broadband connection...

  • http://www.facebook.com/nabillist Nabil Shaikh

    People need to get this, Its an Android gaming device....... Which also streams games from PC.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    I see typical corporate-mentality deadline screw-up.
    NVIDIA, here you're boasting how your poor management made lifes of your engineers miserable.
    Also, it'd better be compatible with Ouya controller.

    • http://twitter.com/nirvanaman_1985 sam

      Why would you want to use a different controller, how are you going to get the screen to be where you want it if both your hands are holding the ouya controller.

  • rodrige

    Miracast will also able to stream between hdtv - phone - pc.
    Wii U uses miracast.
    Android jellybean also said support miracast, though supported device is still limited.
    Just wait 6-12 months from now I'm sure miracast would be more widespread.

    I hope this Project Shield support miracast, it's an open standard.

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