NVIDIA's Project SHIELD now just SHIELD; coming in June for $349

In January at CES 2013, NVIDIA surprised the crowd at its press conference with the reveal of Project SHIELD, an Android portable game console that could also stream Windows PC games on Steam. Today, NVIDIA revealed that the console has had a slight name change; it will now be called just SHIELD and it will be priced at $349.

NVIDIA's blog states that pre-orders for SHIELD will begin on May 20th to the general public but people who signed up to receive updates on the console's website have been given a way to start their pre-orders right now. The console will go on sale in June (no specific date yet) and will be available via several retailers, including Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers.

The SHIELD console will be the first to have NVIDIA's Tegra 4 mobile processor with four CPU cores, 72 GPU cores and 2 GB of RAM. The console itself has a five-inch 720p display that's connected to a full sized game controller with dual analog joysticks, a full D-Pad, "left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons."

There's also 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. The Steam game streaming support will be released in a beta version when the SHIELD console goes on sale and will require that the Steam PC to which the console connects has at least a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 desktop GPU or higher, along with either Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Source: NVIDIA | Image via NVIDIA

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If the PS Vita didn't make it with Sony behind it, I can imagine this tanking pretty fast until it gets scooped up by XDA.

Looks pretty sweet. The fact it can stream games from Steam is a good idea, but that probably wouldn't utilize the Tegra 4 much. I wonder if there will be android Steam app store?

Coming: June-$349, July-$175.99, Aug-$99 with purchase of any nVidia card, and Sept: Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day- $49.99

the steam streaming is interesting, but only if you can do it anywhere via the internet and not just while your at home over your wifi -which i dont think is actually possible!

iconboy said,
the steam streaming is interesting, but only if you can do it anywhere via the internet and not just while your at home over your wifi -which i dont think is actually possible!

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Hahaha... $350 for that thing. If proper mobile gaming platforms have a hard time at $250, what makes nvidia think this thing with a horribly limited gimmick that can only be used at home will manage to get anywhere at $350?

Is there anything mentioning battery life anywhere?

Steam Streaming sounds kind of interesting as a technology demo but in practice I don't see it being that useful. Is the purpose so you can sit in an easy chair and play your games instead of at your computer desk? Why not just get a console then? Hmm...

This product will be a flop. Nvidia is trying to eat more of your hard work $$. Instead of putting a real powerhouse GPU like their GTX, they put a mobile GPU Tegra 4 and charge for price almost as much as a desktop GPU. Nvidia is overrated and not many people notice it...because many people think it's the best of the world which is ridiculous.

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