In response to buzz about NVIDIA's Shield console, NVIDIA has moved up the preorder date a few days, May 20th to today, May 17th. Shield will be available for the previously stated $349 price for shoppers in the US. If you're not familiar with NVIDIA's Shield, it's a portable handheld gaming console including a 1.9 GHz Tegra 4 SoC and running Android 4.2.1. This is the first time NVIDIA has sold an Android device directly to consumers and will be supporting it directly with TegraZone marketplace alongside Google Play. 

NVIDIA SHIELD
  Shield
SoC NVIDIA Tegra 4 - 1.9 GHz
Display 5-inch 720p "Retinal" Display
RAM 2 GB LPDDR3
Wireless Connectivity 2x2:2 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi + BT 3.0, GPS
Storage 16 GB NAND, microSD Expansion
I/O microUSB 2.0, mini-HDMI, 3.5mm headphone
OS Android 4.2.1, Updates from NVIDIA
Price $349.00, Preorders May 20, Shipping Late June

The following sites will be taking preorders for Shield:

Source: NVIDIA

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  • gopher1369 - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Rubbish, I have no problem streaming my Radeon 7850 to my Nexus 4 via Splashtop, latency free. Shield is propietory because Nvidia want it to be. Reply
  • ChuckDriver - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I believe that some of the motivation for Project Shield was losing all the console business to AMD. I do like that they are standardizing on the Google Play store, since so many of the games that I play are there. Reply
  • Shadowmaster625 - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    So will I be able to "stream" a MOBA like League of Legends onto this device? Reply
  • tipoo - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    In theory. The game needs to add support. Reply
  • hpglow - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I would like one, but the are two hang ups for me.

    First is the price, $350. At $250 I would be a buyer for sure. Even if the SOC is brand spanking new, nVidia's profit margins aren't my problem.

    The next issue is screen size and resolution. For the price both should be better. One of the more compelling features of Shield is PC game streaming from my main PC. But how are games designed for a high res monitor going to look at 720p? Am I going to be happy going from 1440p to 720p? I would have been more happy if they made it $200 and didn't include a screen and just made it a set top box.
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  • ET - Sunday, May 19, 2013 - link

    If you're curious about playing in 720p, why not just try it? Reply
  • spigzone - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Zero mass market appeal and very limited niche appeal. Speaks to how desperate Nvidia is to do something to counteract AMD's coming x86 gaming hegemony. The future of x86 gaming is HSA APUs and AMD owns that space. Nvidia will have zero leverage with game developers who will increasingly see Nvidia as an unwelcome guest at the table. Reply
  • cmdrdredd - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    No, AMD will not budge Intel out of x86 dominance. Mark my words. APUs will go nowhere in two markets. Gaming and Professional where Nvidia dominates AMD. Reply
  • thesavvymage - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    If nothing else, its perfect for emulators! Can play everything up through ps1/n64 era, which is all of the emulators available today anyways. Reply

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