NVIDIA SHIELD portable game console gets new July 31st ship date

The wait for people who want to get NVIDIA's SHIELD portable game console is hopefully coming to an end.  This week, the company sent an email to their customers who pre-ordered the Android device saying that it would start shipments on July 31st.

NVIDIA surprised the tech and gaming industries in January when it first announced the SHIELD console, and later said it would start shipping units on June 27th. However just before that date, the company announced it had made a "hard decision" to delay shipments of the SHIELD until sometime in July. The post stated that the delay was due to a problem with a "third-party mechanical component" but no other information about the flaw was revealed.

In their new email to SHIELD pre-order customers announcing the July 31st date, NVIDIA hinted that whatever problems might have cropped up in the past in terms of the console's production have now been fixed. The statement said:

Our goal has always been to ship the perfect product, so we made sure we submitted SHIELD to the most rigorous mechanical testing and quality assurance standards in the industry. We built SHIELD because we love playing games, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Just a reminder: The NVIDIA SHIELD has the company's newest mobile processor, the Tegra 4, along with the latest version of Android, which means it can run games made for Google's mobile OS. Some of those games have received improvements just for their use on SHIELD. It has a five-inch display that's attached to a full game controller and can also stream and play PC games via WiFi from a user's Steam library. The price for the NVIDIA SHIELD is $299.

Source: NVIDIA | Image via NVIDIA

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If this were instead a set-top box that offered Steam Streaming to my HDTV in 1080p and came with two controllers I'd be all over this (if the price was right).

I don't quite get who this appeals to when you can get a 3DS or Vita for less. I guess it all depends on how well it's able to stream the one's Steam library of games (but again that limits portability in that I imagine you'd need wifi).

I get your point regarding the price, I own both a 3DS & Vita although I will still grab one of these to see what the Steam streaming is like, if it works well then it'll be another fun little toy to add to the collection.