Just a day before Shield was set to launch (and only six days after announcing the official date), NVIDIA has been forced to push back the release of their Tegra 4 powered gaming handheld. The culprit is an unspecified mechanical defect found in the final hardware.
While it’s gratifying to see a company dedicated to perfecting hardware from day one rather than treating customers like guinea pigs, this is frustrating news for anyone who pre-ordered Shield. I’m certain that no one is more aggravated by this than NVIDIA; the last thing they needed was for this launch to be delayed in the impending wake of next gen console launches. Gamers only have so much cash to spread around, and while Shield is geared more toward the PC gaming crowd, there’s no doubt a reasonable amount of crossover.
Hopefully NVIDIA still has some good will built up with the pre-order crowd based on their recent pre-launch price cut to $299.
Shield will need to perform well with NVIDIA’s PC gaming faithful to have a chance, and I suspect it might. The device offers an experience that just isn’t matched by anything else out there at the moment. Whether it has what it takes to win over a sizeable audience will be a big question mark until reviews start rolling in.
Of course, we will have a review of the Shield when it’s available. In the meantime, what do you think it will take to convince people that Shield has a place alongside their smartphone and tablet?Show Press Release
We’re grateful for all the enthusiasm that’s been expressed for SHIELD, our new portable gaming device. And we’re eager to get it into your hands.
But we won’t do that until it’s fully up to the exacting standards that NVIDIA’s known for. And 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 apologize to those who have preordered SHIELDs and to all those who are waiting for them to go on sale. But we want every SHIELD to be perfect.