NVIDIA Shield (previously known as Project Shield) is inching closer to the official release. According to a press release issued by the company, Shield pre-orders will begin on May 20 at shield.nvidia.com. The consumers, who had earlier registered on the Shield website, will be able to pre-order this handheld game console today itself.
According to NVIDIA, Shield has been priced at $349 and will also be sold at Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers apart from the official website. The shipping will begin in June 2013.
For those of unaware of NVIDIA Shield, it is a portable gaming console with Tegra 4 at core. It supports not only the Tegra optimised games as well as regular Android games along with Android applications. The company however notes that some applications, which don’t work in landscape mode, might not be supported on the device.
“SHIELD is the one device that taps into the planet’s largest ecosystem of games — spanning NVIDIA TegraZone, Google Play and Steam. 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,” noted NVIDIA in the press release.
Here are the key features of NVIDIA Shield
- NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM
- Console-grade controller – dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
- 5-inch, 720p multi-touch display
- Integrated speakers, Wi-Fi 802.11n 2X2 MIMO, Stock Android 4.2.1
- 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
- 579 grams, 158mm (w) x 135mm (D) x 57mm (H)
- Pre-loaded Google Play, TegraZone, Sonic 4 Episode II THD, Expendable: Rearmed, Hulu Plus, TwitchTV