The Shield hasn’t exactly taken the gaming world by storm, but that’s not stopping Nvidia from expanding into the home console market, at least if a new report from BBC proves correct.
In a similar manner to devices like the Ouya, the console reportedly will run on Android and will utilize a special controller for gaming and other activities. Nvidia’s upcoming console doesn’t directly compete with traditional systems like the PS4 or Xbox One, though it will offer the ability to run PC games remotely using similar technology to the Shield. Additionally, the device will feature a Tegra K1 processor, which also opens up the door to more advanced Android gaming.
So is there room for yet another Android-powered gaming device? That’s a good question, especially since Google and its partners plan to make gaming a pretty big focus for the upcoming Android TV platform. It’s also worth mentioning that existing Android micro-consoles haven’t exactly had a great level of success in the long-term, though perhaps the ability to stream PC games will be enough to set Nvidia’s micro-console apart from the competition.