Nvidia has launched Project Shield - a portable gaming console with featuring a 5in flip-out screen, physical controller, and running on Android software.

Announced by the company's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at the CES technology trade show in Las Vegas, the device is designed to link to PCs in order to play more powerful computer games, and also has a HDMI port allowing you to connect to a larger TV screen.

Set to go up against other handheld consoles such as the Nintendo 3DS and the Playstation Vita, the release date or price of Project Shield has yet to be revealed.

The move comes as a surprise, seeing as Nvidia has made its name through selling chips and graphics cards to other manufactures. Nvidia did announce as well at CES the company's latest smartphone chip, the Tegra 4, which is 3.5 times faster than current chips.

Written and presented by Alfred Joyner