NVIDIA has published a new blog post that illustrates the prototyping process of its upcoming Project Shield handheld gaming device, you can check it out over here.
Project SHIELD began with an effort to strip gaming down to its most essential component: a great controller. “We wrote all the core software to hook Android games to controllers,” Tony says. “Then we thought ‘Why don’t we just build a device with a great controller built in?”
The first prototype, assembled in early 2012, was little more than a game controller fastened to a smartphone with wood. From that crude beginning, NVIDIA’s team of industrial designers sculpted a device that could fit in a user’s hands. No outsourcing required: NVIDIA has a team of veterans who have already shaped the look of a number of products built around NVIDIA’s processors, such as the drool-worthy GeForce GTX 690.