Nvidia SHIELD Gets a Launch Date and Price Cut [UPDATED]


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!

Chirps to AnandTech and PCMag. Thank you for reading, and I’ll catch you next time!

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