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Nvidia Shield available June 27 for $299

Nvidia Shield available June 27 for $299

Thu 20 Jun 2013 2:46pm GMT / 10:46am EDT / 7:46am PDT
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The Shield loses $50 from its price tag on the way to release

Nvidia has announced the final release date for its Android-powered portable device: June 27, 2013. The system has also undergone a pricedrop prior to launch, with a new MSRP of $299. Those who have already pre-ordered the Shield from Nvidia at the higher pricepoint will only be charged $299.

"We've heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we'd have a home run," wrote GeForce product line manager Jason Paul in a blog post about the announcement. "So we're changing the price of Shield to $299. We want to get Shield into the hands of as many gamers as possible. That's because we think they'll have the same reaction to it as thousands of gamers already have: joy."

The Nvidia Shield features a 5-inch touch screen powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, with 16GB of flash memory onboard. The portable can also stream games from your PC if you have a supported Nvidia video card.

5 Comments

Tom Keresztes Programmer

691 346 0.5
"Available in US and Canada only"

Posted:A year ago

#1

Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

1,199 1,012 0.8
This is a very 'interesting' device, particularly because I don't know where its really supposed to fit in the market, yet Nvidia are in a powerful position to make some sort of console work.

Knowing the console has HDMI output, it could well have a Wii-U like potential in terms of its dual-screen mechanic, yet it makes for a competitor to the Playstation Vita on the go, albeit a clunkier one!

I can see many pitfalls for the Shield but to be honest having had more time to think, I can see a bigger picture of how it could work well as a new entry to the gaming market. I think this generation is a bit more than just 'new consoles' but new form factors and ways to access content.

I don't think Nvidia have all their eggs in one basket though, massive investment into Ouya probably suggests they're still interested in plug-in home platorms and set tops when it comes to expanding their reach and chipsets.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Caleb Hale Journalist

156 231 1.5
There are cheaper options available for putting thumbsticks on Android games, and if I'm going to spend the money to get the right kind of GPU in my gaming rig, why would I spend an additional $300 so I could play games away from that setup? The board room at Nvidia needs fewer Yes Men.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Gareth Eckley Commercial Analyst

88 67 0.8
Trainwreck that doesn't impact senior executives' careers but that ruins many employees' lives coming in 3...2...1...

(Edited for an apostrophe indicating the genitive plural.)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Gareth Eckley on 21st June 2013 1:03am

Posted:A year ago

#4

Tim Ogul Illustrator

335 464 1.4
$50 down, $150 to go. . .

Posted:A year ago

#5

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