May 14 AT 8:05 AM Taylor Wimberly 23 Comments

NVIDIA SHIELD goes on pre-order for $349, ships in June


NVIDIA surprised everyone at CES with the announcement of their mobile gaming device Project SHIELD, and today they finally revealed the launch details. Fans who signed up to receive updates by clicking “Notify Me” on the SHIELD website will have an exclusive opportunity to pre-order starting today for $349. Pre-order for the general public will open on May 20th, and retail launch partners include Newegg, Gamestop, Micro Center, and Canada Computers. NVIDIA said SHIELD will ship “in June,” but they did not provide a specific date.

We were told that SHIELD would not be cheap, but the $349 retail price seems like a good value compared to other high-end Android devices with 5-inch displays. SHIELD will be the first product to ship with NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chip, so it will be the fastest Android device we have ever seen. The open platform gaming system also has access to one of the largest ecosystems of games, including NVIDIA Tegra Zone, Google Play, and Steam (with optional GeForce game streaming).

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Tegra 4 — The world’s fastest mobile processor, Tegra 4, delivers rich graphics and unbeatable performance thanks to 72 GPU cores, four CPU cores, and 2GB of RAM
  • Console-grade controller — Precise control — thanks to dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
  • Multi-touch Display — 5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display for high-fidelity visuals
  • Integrated Speakers — Custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system — we think this is SHIELD’s sleeper feature
  • Wi-Fi — 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi for seamless game streaming
  • Pure Android — Latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, for access to Android games and apps
  • There’s more — We put into SHIELD everything we would want in a premium mobile gaming device… 16 GB memory, GPS, BlueTooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI output, micro-USB 2.0, a microSD storage slot, an 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack… see the full spec sheet, here.

In addition to the launch details, NVIDIA also revealed 5 cutting-edge games that will rock SHIELD.

It will be interesting to see how the SHIELD sells since it is such a unique Android product. Dedicated game consoles seems to be on the decline, but the SHIELD offers the pure stock Android experience and it is capable of so much more.

For more details about SHIELD, head over to the official site and check out NVIDIA’s YouTube channel where they have a ton of hands-on videos.

Based on the retail price and what you know of SHIELD, how many of you plan to pre-order this device?

Via: NVIDIA Blog


Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • pekosROB

    $349 for Tegra 4 in a 5″ variant and plain vanilla Android? I’m not quite sure for myself but I bet this borders into “shut up and take my money” territory. Didn’t we all think it was going to be $500+? My only concern would be if the controller holds up as long as the screen/internal hardware.

    I was interested in this at first but thought it probably was going to cost too much. At this price I’m down, assuming I don’t upgrade my phone anytime soon since I will have to pay full retail. Maybe having this to play with will keep me from wanting a new phone.

    One question – if it has no camera but GPS, does it have a cellular radio? It’s not listed but what would GPS be used for if you’re not taking photos or have a data connection to navigate with on a device like this? I suppose you could cache Google Maps and use it like that but beyond that I have no idea. Any clues?

    • pekosROB

      Apparently the consensus (so far) online (and by online I mean the poll by Droid-Life) most people are not interested. I know $350 is steep for a dedicated gaming unit but it has Tegra 4 and a nice 5″ screen – the only phone that is in this pricing territory is the Nexus 4, almost all other Android phones at full retail go for well over $500. The PS Vita is now $250, how much did it cost when it first came out? Wasn’t it $300 or so? And it just plays games, this seems like it could do much more (or at least the same things as the Vita but better).

      And you can stream games from your PC too! Of course you need a nice router but still…

      • Nick Gray

        It’s not that Shield is a bad products, but most people interested in a device like this are already walking around with a phone with a 5-inch HD display that does 90% of what this “portable” gaming system does. The Sony Xperia Play was phone and somewhat pocketable, but Sony ditched it after a few months since it never really took off.

        • Nate B.

          Sony’s didn’t have nearly the same power. They weren’t playing PC games on it. I think they had a few PS titles but it just wasn’t the same.

        • pekosROB

          But not all of the phones have a great battery, new of a processor, and definitely do not play games from your PC, along with pure vanilla Android (of course you can root but still).

          The biggest draw for me is the PC streaming games and the form factor; durable looking controller and hopefully more connectivity than current phones/controllers provide (game klip, moga, etc).

          if you can map your buttons on this for ANY game that supports a controller, I’m completely in.

      • LukeT32

        If it has total access to my Steam library I will be in…

    • donger

      You’re right. It is priced reasonable almost like a smartphone/ tablet. As long as Nvidia does not have any delays and launch this in June, it might sell well enough.

  • epps720

    I know Nvidia said it wouldn’t be cheap but think they should have come in at around $200 to $250 instead to compete with the other handheld gaming devices.

  • Mark

    What would be appealing is a very inexpensive android handheld to play emulators.
    Not thing thing

  • uknowme

    Actually not a bad price. It’s on the edge right now. Might grab when it goes on sale. Bound to drop to $300 or less for the holidays.

  • MisterLee

    showed my wife and she even thought this thing was kool… and at $350 ( that took a little more convincing) it isnt bad!

    I already put in my bid for my birthday in July…

    The ONLY question I have is: Do you guys think itll be awkward to type on that thing?

    • epps720

      To type on…has to be a horrible experience. The screen is attached to the handset so you won’t be able to grab it with two hands type like you do with a typical phone.

      • pekosROB

        But if you could flip it upset down (don’t know how far back the screen will articulate it) and the screen can re-orient itself then it might not be as bad.

        • MisterLee

          that control looks heavy though… first thing i imagined is someone destroying the screen holding it upside down some how.

          • pekosROB

            You wouldn’t have to hold it upside down. You can sit in your lap or on a table and look at it that way.

  • Doodle
  • Nate B.

    I have to say the price isn’t bad at all for what it can do. Not for me though, but this is really nice for others. Good job.

  • ArticulateFool

    I would have bought one in a heartbeat until I saw that it requires an Nvidia 650 or higher to stream PC games. (no notebook cards are compatible at the moment either)

    This takes away the functionality I wanted most.
    I truly hope somebody finds a way around this. (if it isn’t truly hardware driven)

    • Brandon

      650s are cheap as hell

  • Floorman63

    Very powerful gaming device. Super fast Tegra 4 processor. Hope they get a price break by Christmas!

  • donger

    $349 is not a bad price. If it launches in June before the PS4/ Next Xbox it might actually sell.

  • TheJohnLD

    tbh I wasn’t interested at all until the part about streaming pc games. I’ll probably want to try it before I buy it but if it streams from the pc smoothly I will be in for two.

  • Joey

    Nice to see better comments here than most of the gaming sites. I rarely ever comment but wanted to say I’m planning on waiting for the price to drop but am very excited. After the PSP disaster(very few games that even hit near decent, had to unlock and install custom clunky firmware to watch videos or play emulators) and DS (ditto) this thing is awesome, and a tease with “vanilla android.”

    I’m hoping the gaming ecosystem shows up and improves for android with this, which will make it more appealing to buy. I hate gaming on my phone (no controller, clumsy) but want something portable. If I can check feedly while there all the better (save my phone’s battery when I have this nearby).