UPDATE: The Nvidia Shield is now available for pre-order, three days early

UPDATE: The Nvidia Shield is now available for pre-order, three days early
Last week we reported that the NVIDIA SHIELD "console" would be available for pre-orders through multiple retail partners starting on May 20.

Today, Nvidia has fast-tracked the launch, starting pre-orders three days early.

The 'console-grade' controller features a 720p display, powered by Tegra 4 and running Android. "SHIELD is the one device that taps into the planet's largest ecosystem of games -- spanning NVIDIA TegraZone, Google Play and Steam," NVIDIA's announcement reads. "Rediscover your Android games with the mobility, control and performance of SHIELD. Connect to your Google Play account to enjoy your favorite movies, music and apps."

NVIDIA SHIELD's specifications:
  • 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 game streaming
  • Pure Android Latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, for access to Android games and apps
  • There's more NVIDIA 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
View a complete spec sheet here.

SHIELD is also available through Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers for $349.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 May 2013 19:32
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  • DarthMopar

    The Holy Grail for long airline flights, no doubt; but at that price, it's a little hard to justify.

    17.5.2013 21:47 #1

  • Morreale

    Hopefully it'll flop and I can get one on the cheap afterwards... Looks like it'd be great for emulators.

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    17.5.2013 21:54 #2

  • blueboy09

    Hell no I'm not getting one at that price! Should be priced at least $100 less if it wants to remain competitive. Hell, we've got some tablets out there with a bigger screen size with the same amount of ram and have more memory at this price level. The only thing I see it going for it is the access to Steam and Google's ecosystem and other features that has nothing to do with gaming..

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    17.5.2013 22:32 #3

  • Jemborg

    The specs are great but the price!

    Its a lot easier being righteous than right.

    18.5.2013 11:00 #4

  • 1nsan3

    yea you will soon see the price drop dramatically. since you wont see alot of people playing it lol. Hell i can see this chewing up a battery in less than 2 hours.

    but yea i wont touch one.

    18.5.2013 16:02 #5

  • Jemborg

    That seems to be the general consensus... 'it's great... but who will bother?' It doesn't seem to fit any particular niche very well, it will allow you to remotely play your PC games over your home WiFi but how many care about that?... and the price!

    Maybe it will take off.

    Nvidia have bought into OUYA also... let's hope they improve for it's retail release what seems to be a poorly made controller by early accounts. (I haven't received mine yet btw.) Ah well, at least it's cheap.

    Its a lot easier being righteous than right.

    19.5.2013 01:42 #6

  • Acid_Rain

    Completely unnecessary.. Grab yourself a nexus 7 and a Bluetooth controller and you will pretty much have the same thing for about $225 without the limitations. I have been gaming with a BT controller on my transformer prime now for a minute and it is pretty sweet for mobile gaming. Perhaps this piece of crap will push more developers to add gamepad support for their games since some of the best games like Modern Combat 4 need it....

    24.5.2013 10:17 #7

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