That’s right folks NVIDIA’s portable gaming Android monster formerly known as Project SHIELD, has shed the “Project” moniker and is now an official product that eager fans can pre-order starting on May 20th. The handheld device will be available through Newegg, Gamestop, Micro Center and Canada Computers for $349.99 and begin shipping in June for those who pre-order.
If you’re not familiar with SHIELD it is a Tegra 4 based Android gaming hand-held console, and it’s NVIDIAs first real crack at device development instead of just being a chip supplier. The SHIELD has full Android capabilities meaning Google Play accessibility and standard app usage, but really is centered around gaming. SHIELD will also allow users to wirelessly access NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU-powered computers with GeForce game streaming meaning that you will be able to stream your favorite PC games to SHIELD (a great advantage for PC Gamers who also want to spend some time on the couch with their family).
SHIELD is a bold entry into portable gaming, from a company that has been doing their best to provide processors and GPUs to avid gamers for years. We hope that NVIDIAs initial foray into this market isn’t their last, and we really look forward to getting our hands on this device to provide a full review for all of you.
In the mean time here are some initial specs, and images to wet your appetite.
- Tegra 4 – the world’s fastest mobile processor, Tegra 4 packs 72 custom GPU cores and four Cortex-A15 CPU cores
- 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
- High Fidelity Audio and Video –5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display and custom bass reflex tuned port audio system
- Memory and Storage – 2GB RAM, 16GB internal flash storage and microSD storage slot
- Android Jelly Bean – the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system
- And More! – 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi , GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, mini-HDMI, micro-USB 2.0 and 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack