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Nvidia Shield delayed to next month

Nvidia Shield delayed to next month

Wed 26 Jun 2013 7:54pm GMT / 3:54pm EDT / 12:54pm PDT
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Third-party manufacturing issue prompts chip maker to scuttle portable gaming launch plans on the eve of release

Last week, Nvidia cut the price of its yet-to-be-launched Shield gaming handheld, and announced a "final" release date of June 27. With less than 24 hours to go before launch, the company today announced that it would be delaying the system's debut to sometime next week.

"[S]ome final quality-assurance testing has just turned up a mechanical issue that we're not happy with," Shield director Jason Paul wrote on the company's blog. "So, while we announced last week that Shield will go on sale this Thursday, we've taken the hard decision to delay shipping until next month. The issue relates to a third-party mechanical component, and we're working around the clock with the supplier to get it up to our expectations."

Paul did not have a new finalized release date for the system, saying only that it would ship in July.

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 a PC if users have a supported Nvidia video card, although this functionality will only be available in beta form for release.

6 Comments

Caleb Hale
Journalist

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There are 9 very disappointed people across the world today.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Mechanical issue? That does not compute. Well, next week shall reveal more I guess...

Posted:A year ago

#2

Patrick Frost
QA Project Monitor

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What is the deal with manufacturing at the moment? I have a ton of products that have gone pretty much MIA internationally at the moment due to production issues and there have been a plethora of other devices coming to market that have been delayed significantly.

Has the state of production management just dropped?

Posted:A year ago

#3
Manufacturing has become very cheap - look at TVs, for example. Maybe the downside is a slower, less reliable process?

Posted:A year ago

#4

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

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I don't think manufacturing or yield issues are happening especially at this moment in time.

These have always been a factor leading to delays, slower production or flaws in the product itself. This doesn't affect every single chip or product on lines out there, but something within the highly complex unit has presented problems for Nvidia and the Shield.

Just as in an other case it may be for example, Samsung having issues with OLED yields in past phone models.

Posted:A year ago

#5
The streaming from computer is a cool feature.

Posted:A year ago

#6

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