Today Nvidia announced one final touch to hit their new Android-based mobile gaming device, the Shield. After much field testing internally and with an army of dedicated gamers, Nvidia has returned to lab to make a few adjustments. The final of which to hit Shield before it launches is a new price tag. Apparently the masses have spoken and Nvidia has taken heed. The sweet spot price point they have adopted is $299. It doesn’t make Shield inexpensive. But it does place it more in lock-step with other similarly spec’d Android devices. It’s smart. Shield is a new unproven thing and while Nvidia needs to make a profit they also need to make the new device financially digestible to the masses.
The other big news to Silicon Valley is the final release date. Shield will be available as soon as next week on June 27th from participating re- and e-tailers for $299 down $50 from the original pricing.
It’s no secret, we are very much excited about Nvidia new project and their very first retail product. We’ve written about Shield here and here. But a quick recap. Shield is Nvidia’s new handheld device sporting a 5-inch touch screen embedded in a familiar yet supposedly refined game controller. Shield will run an unskinned version of Android. So you have access to Android’s entire marketplace of apps. Shield will also play games from Nvidia Tegra Zone and has the ability to stream yoru Steam library of games over WiFi from a PC equipped with a GTX 650 video card or better. It’s cools stuff that has us all anxiously terrified. But maintain our nerdy optimism.
- Tegra 4 – The world’s fastest mobile processor delivers rich graphics and unbeatable performance thanks to 72 GPU cores, four CPU cores and 2GB of RAM
- Console-grade controller – Precise control thanks to dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
- Multi-touch display – 5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display for high-fidelity visuals
- Integrated speakers – Custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system – we think this is SHIELD’s sleeper feature
- Wi-Fi – 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi for seamless game streaming
- Pure Android – Latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, for access to Android games and apps
- There’s more – We put into SHIELD everything we would want in a premium mobile gaming device: 16 GB memory, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI output, micro-USB 2.0, a microSD storage slot, a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack. See the full spec sheet, here.
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.