nVidia’s stab at Android gaming, nVidia SHIELD, is due for release on June 27th in North America and Canada and have been taking pre-orders on their site at http://store.nvidia.com/buyshield. Ahead of release nVidia have cut the price by $50 to an MSRP of $299.
Product Line Manager for GeForce GPU’s, Jason Paul explained the price drop in a blog post as being one prompted by feedback from gamers that have experienced the SHIELD.
We’ve heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we’d have a home run.
So we’re changing the price of SHIELD to $299.
If you’ve already pre-ordered SHIELD, you’ll be charged the new, lower price. You will only be charged $299 when the product ships.
We want to get SHIELD into the hands of as many gamers as possible.
The SHIELD is sporting some impressive specs for a mobile device which will allow it to play Android games as well as stream PC games:
- 5 inch 1280×720 (294 ppi) Multi-Touch Retinal Quality Display
- Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 Processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of flash memory onboard with the ability to upgrade via MicroSD
- 802.11n 2×2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi
3 Axis Gyro
3 Axis Accelerometer
MicroSD storage slot
3.5mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
- Latest Android Jelly Bean
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Weight: 579 grams
Dimensions: 158mm (w) x 135mm (D) x 57mm (H)
PC streaming will be in BETA at the launch of SHIELD and will be able to stream a select number of supported games from Steam and a set of recommended routers. After conclusion of the BETA period, players will get a free software patch to the official release that includes expanded game support, broader Wi-Fi compatibility, feature enhancements, and any needed bug fixes based on BETA feedback.