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In pictures: Nvidia's Shield handheld

New console can stream PC games to anywhere around the house

Chipmaker giant Nvidia has provided the first major shock at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by revealing a new portable games console.

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The system, called Shield, is said to be an 'open' Android-based games platform powered by the new Tegra 4 chip.

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As well as playing games downloaded directly from Google's Android games store, Shield can also stream games from the PC, meaning that games on platforms such as Steam can theoretically be accessed anywhere in the home.

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The design of the hardware appears to be similar to the original Xbox, with its deep black case and hard edges.

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What do you think of Nvidia's Shield? Let us know in the comments.

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