NVIDIA Shield Now Available for Pre-Order with Late June Launch
NVIDIA’s ambitious plan to carve out a slice of dedicated Android-based mobile gaming is now ready for consumer consumption. The NVIDIA Shield handheld console is available for pre-order today for $349.00, with an expected shipping date in late June.
NVIDIA first unveiled the console, then called “Project Shield,” at CES in January. It was designed only as a proof-of-concept but, after initial reactions were positive, the company decided to produce the device for sale, shortening its name to simply “Shield.”
Powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor at 1.9 GHz, the handheld merges a gamepad controller with a 5-inch multi-touch 720p display. Also featured under the hood is 2 GB of RAM, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, and 16 GB of built-in storage with a microSD slot to expand it further.
Onboard, the Shield runs Android 4.2.1 out of the box, and plays both Android games and PC games via an innovative streaming technology. Shield owners with an NVIDIA GTX GPU and Steam can stream certain games directly to the portable console. Media apps, such as Hulu Plus, will also be available from the Google Play store.
As pointed out by The Verge, the Shield was also featured on a recent episode of the ABC comedy Modern Family.