Project Shield's First Killer App Could Be This Tegra 4 Version Of Hawken

When Adhesive Games' creative director and co-founder Khang Le took the stage during last night's Nvidia press conference to play the free-to-play mech combat game Hawken on Nvidia's Project Shield handheld, I was confused. This was not the PC game. What the hell was that?

Turns out Nvidia ran out of time to mention that Adhesive has spent the past couple of weeks building a Tegra 4-exclusive version of the game. As clarified to me during a follow-up call with Nvidia following last night's big debut, the team at Adhesive got their hands on the hardware a little bit before Christmas, spending the better part of the holiday getting the demo build up and running for the presentation. That explains why there wasn't much moving around as the crowd reacted to how good the graphics are.

The Android version of Hawken will definitely be exclusive to the Tegra 4 chip, and likely exclusive to Project Shield, partly answering the question of platform exclusives I put forth in my analysis of the upcoming device.

It's also an indicator of the excitement the new handheld is stirring in development circles. Creating a game for the amorphous Android market is chancy; a well-designed and defined product like Project Shield might be the firm footing potential Android developers have been waiting for. Suddenly the appeal of the Ouya makes much more sense.

What happens with Project Shield, portable Hawken is a good thing.


    Been lot of rumble about the Ouya being severely under powered to what people had thought it would be, and does android gaming need this?? It needs games that can be used across the full range of devices! Not one single CPU/GPU or brand. Its why the android market is so fractured.

    And whats going to happen with updates? Will Nvidia actually keep up with android releases? Or instead opt to release new version ~if successful~ to get more money? Can users actually access the full android apps store and other software? Why not use Win RT? It would be closer and easier to port games from Windows to Win RT wouldn't it?

    Lots of talk going on about this thing using wifi too to send the data to the display/gamepad. How well is that working? What range?

    Sorry I just think this is a product that hasn't been well thought out. Not to mention, apparently to use The Shield your required to have a system running an Nvidia 650+ graphics card.

    I think Razer was on the right track with their tablet/controller and looked much more sleek and elegant. This thing looks like a cheap cross between a knock off 360 controller with those cheap LCD covers that came out for the Xbox/PS2.. I just cant help feel people are hyping this thing up and its going to be nothing but a tragedy.

    I don't care how good a tablet gets made playing this game without a Controller or Keyboard mouse would be impossible.

    It's be like playing Street Fighter 4 with an Atari 2600 joystick.

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