January 7th, 2013, 20:24 PM
Nvidia unveils Project Shield gaming console
Nvidia has announced plans to produce its own hand-held video-games console.
Project Shield is Android-based and marries a 5in (12.7cm) touch-screen with joysticks, buttons and other controls, in a clam-shell design.
It is also designed to link to PCs offering access to more powerful games such as those on the Steam library.
The announcement was a surprise, as the US company has previously focused on selling chips and graphics cards to other manufacturers.
Intel, another chip manufacturer, is also reportedly working on its own device - a television set-top box.
Nvidia's announcement came at the first major press conference of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The company's chief executive, Jen-Hsun Huang, did not reveal a release date or price for the device, but he did show off a working prototype and outline its specifications.