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NVIDIA may be new to the portable gaming arena, but their Project Shield console is definitely no slouch. Featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 4 system on a chip that combines a Quad-Core ARM Cortex A15 CPU, “custom 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU,” and 2GB of RAM. Expect this device to be released in late June. Continue reading for two videos, more pictures, and the bottom line.

Android games such as Shadowgun and Max Payne Mobile suddenly feel playable as opposed to using awkward touchscreen controls, and even PC games such as Assassin’s Creed III streamed to the Shield worked without any noticeable lag.

Casual gaming’s rise over the last few years may have led to the reduction of buttons (ex: Wii Remote, Kinect, PlayStation Move), but it’s clear the tried and true analogs + ABXY buttons + triggers controller is still a formula that works too well to be discarded for “core” gaming. Luckily, the Shield hits the right buttons.