Wow. We just swung by NVIDIA and had a chance to check out the NVIDIA Shield, the company’s new Tegra 4-powered quad-core gaming device. Is it a controller? Is it a console? Neither, not really. It’s a device that runs pure Android and will allow you to play Android games with real, console quality controls. Better yet, you can even stream games from your PC with NVIDIA graphics.

The company gave us a quick few minutes with the device, but we’re already blown away by the potential. Its light, the screen is crisp and the software is blazing fast. We’ve seen NVIDIA power tablets and smartphones, but this is a completely new product and experience for consumers. Trust me, even this early version doesn’t feel cheap. It feels and looks amazing.

We only know that the goal is to launch in the second quarter of this year, but NVIDIA won’t reveal any sort of pricing for the product. We know Tegra 4 supports LTE, imagine how amazing multiplayer will be if you can take the Shield anywhere you go?

I’m drooling (even if our gaming editor Joey Davidson isn’t yet). I can’t wait to play with the Shield as it comes closer to market.