NVIDIA Shield lowers price to $299 before launch

In May, NVIDIA announced that it's Android portable game console, the NVIDIA Shield, would go on sale in June for the price of $349. Today, just a few days before the console goes on sale, NVIDIA announced a big price cut for Shield.

An official NVIDIA blog post stated that the company will lower the price by $50 and will sell Shield for $299. The price cut was apparently after receiving feedback from users, with NVIDIA saying, "We've heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we'd have a home run."

The price cut will automatically go into effect even to people who have already pre-ordered the NVIDIA Shield, so they will save $50 right off the bat. The console officially goes on sale on June 27th.

Just a reminder: The console will be one of the first, if not the first, hardware products to have NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 mobile processor with four CPU cores, 72 GPU cores and 2 GB of RAM. The console itself has a five-inch display merged with a full game controller with dual analog joysticks, a full D-Pad and more.

The NVIDIA Shield will have 16 GB of storage, the latest version of the Android OS, a microSD slot, a mini-HDMI port, a micro-USB 2.0 port, support for WiFi and Bluetooth wireless and integrated speakers.  It will also have the ability to stream and play PC games via Steam, although that feature will be released in a beta form at first.

Source: NVIDIA | Image via NVIDIA

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