NVIDIA’s Project Shield recently got a go at crunching out some AnTuTu numbers, and the result was quite reasonable.
Project Shield, if you haven’t already gotten a whiff of what NVIDIA is trying to do, is an Android handheld gaming console powered by the quad-core Tegra 4. The handheld comes with a 5-inch display as well as streaming of games via NVIDIA’s GRID cloud system.
Since NVIDIA got its hands dirty in the handheld Android segment, one can only expect NVIDIA to deliver on raw power—which it did. The Tegra 4 (clocked @ 1.9GHz) got a score of 32150 in AnTuTu, but were you expecting more?
To put things into perspective, the Exynos 5 Octa Galaxy S4 variant got ~28000 using the same benchmark. Although the Android tree has branched out into other areas of mobility, its roots are still embedded in smartphone technology. Therefore, it’s reasonable to think of Project Shield as a smartphone with a controller attached to it.
When it comes down to it, though, if you want to have the best gaming experience on an Android powered device, you will also want to have some top notch hardware to back things up. Still, gadgets like Project Shield and the Ouya console will be competing for basically the same segment. For now, it seems like Ouya does have the upper hand, since it is much more cost effective (Ouya will run for about $100).