UPDATE: The Nvidia SHIELD has been given a new release date due to last-minute technical issues.
ORIGINAL STORY: On June 10, Nvidia sent out a press release update about their android-powered handheld gaming console – the Nvidia SHIELD. The update itself included a confirmed launch date for the handheld as well as a reduced price notice.
Originally the SHIELD was scheduled to hit the shelves in late June with the price tag being $349 (which was established back in May), but the updated has stated that the new price of the handheld will be $50 less, bring it price tag down to $299. The update also confirmed that the SHIELD’s release date will be on June 27, in late June just like they said.
For for any gamers who have already pre-ordered their SHIELD who are worried about paying the full price won’t have to worry, they will be charged $299 like everyone else when the handheld launches. The drop in price was in response of hearing feedback from hands-on impressions and reviews.
“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,” Nvidia said in a recent blog post.
For those who are unaware, Nvidia’s SHIELD is a portable Android-based gaming handheld with roughly the same dimensions of an Xbox 360 controller, though smaller than a Wii U pad. It features a 5-inch (12.7cm) HD touchscreen display with two thumb-sticks (DualShock 3-style), buttons and other fancy controls and ports, all in a fold-able clam-shell design. Its screen boasts a resolution of 720p and its capable of playing games and videos in the 4k standard – which offers greater image quality because of more condensed pixels – on compatible TVs via a standard HDMI cable. And to top it off, at the heart of this new gaming device, thumps the beat of the Tegra 4 quad-core cortex A15 processor, Nvidia’s latest mobile GPU.
The SHIELD is the handheld I like to muse about getting one day. Perhaps maybe I will own one in the future but at $299 (£192) – even with the price cut – I think I’ll give it a pass for the moment.
Will you be getting a SHIELD on June 27 now that the price has dropped? Let us know in the comments!