After a steady stream of positive Shield updates, NVIDIA just dropped a bit of unfortunate news by regarding an issue which has resulted in a delay to the Tegra 4-based handheld portable gaming console. NVIDIA says during final QA it detected a mechanical issue with a third party component inside Shield that will cause delays until a suitable workaround can be found. NVIDIA wasn't able to disclose the component or the severity of the mechanical issue beyond that it wasn't up to their standards. Release date has slipped from this Thursday to sometime in July. 

"Some final quality-assurance testing has just turned up a mechanical issue that we’re not happy with.
 
So, while we announced last week that SHIELD will go on sale this Thursday, we’ve taken the hard decision to delay shipping until next month.
 
The issue relates to a third-party mechanical component, and we’re working around the clock with the supplier to get it up to our expectations."
 

We're still eagerly awaiting the final hardware so we can take a look at both Tegra 4 and NVIDIA's entry into the handheld gaming space. 

Source: NVIDIA

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  • pancakes - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - link

    Kinda bummed out as I was looking forward to playing the new Borderlands 2 DLC on Shield this weekend, but I'd rather they get it done right than get it done sooner. Reply
  • gi_ty - Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - link

    I agree I have been looking forward to this, however I am glad they are taking the time for good QA. It should be an excellent piece of hardware, if they are willing to take the hard road and delay it, that or it was catastrophic! Reply
  • sirroman - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - link

    So they only knew about this THE DAY BEFORE LAUNCH?

    Yeah, right.
    Reply
  • Spoelie - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    Makes you wonder what inventory size they had build up for launch Reply
  • UssyK - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - link

    Good one nVidia. It's good to see a company try to fix a known hardware issue before launch rather than not giving a frak and releasing their product like a certain games console producing software company. Reply
  • Wolfpup - Thursday, June 27, 2013 - link

    Yeah, I think it's awesome they're willing to delay to fix whatever. Reply
  • mayankleoboy1 - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - link

    Heh, not surprising. Anybody wants to bet that the main issue is the SoC itself, and not the " third-party mechanical component" ? Reply
  • varad - Thursday, June 27, 2013 - link

    So you're trolling here because they stopped letting you vent on semiaccurate? Reply
  • mayankleoboy1 - Thursday, June 27, 2013 - link

    eh? Reply
  • varad - Thursday, June 27, 2013 - link

    "Heh, not surprising. Anybody wants to bet that the main issue is the SoC itself, and not the " third-party mechanical component" ?"

    Smells like troll unless you have links to prove your theory.
    Reply

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