"Can it play Crysis?" is the question people are still asking after all these years, despite the vast majority of game hardware now being more than capable of running Crytek's gorgeous first-person shooter. It's how NVIDIA introduced Crysis 3 this week, running on its new Android TV-powered NVIDIA Shield set-top box. Which is to say yes, it can play Crysis. The game is outright running on Android, albeit only Android devices powered by NVIDIA's bleeding edge X1 processor.
More than just Crysis 3, NVIDIA's lining up other partners to port major games to Android -- specifically, to its own Android box. Doom 3: BFG Edition, Resident Evil 5, The Talos Principle, Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance and Limbo are joining Crysis 3 as native Android titles running on Shield. Randy Pitchford, president of Borderlands studio Gearbox Software, announced that Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel are also on their way to Shield.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced the Shield's accompanying controller as a device designed for hardcore gaming, capable of running up to 40 hours on a single charge. And NVIDIA says this is just the beginning: Expect more non-Android games to make their way to the company's surprisingly powerful set-top box. We'll have more news from NVIDIA as the week goes on.Jessica Conditt contributed to this report.
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