NVIDIA SHIELD price gets prelaunch polish

Jun 20, 2013
NVIDIA SHIELD price gets prelaunch polish

NVIDIA has slashed the price of its SHIELD portable Android gaming system, opting to trim the handheld to just $299 based on feedback from gamers. The clamshell console, which goes on sale on June 27 the company has confirmed today, was originally up for preorder at $349, but NVIDIA says that feedback from E3 and other events has convinced them that SHIELD will be "a home run" if it dips under the $300 mark.

As a result, the company has trimmed $50 off the sticker price ahead of its retail availability. Those who have already preorder a SHIELD will only be charged $299, just like new orders, when they start shipping out next week.

SHIELD has a 5-inch, 720p HD multitouch display which flips up from a traditional-style gamepad controller. Inside, there's NVIDIA's Tegra 4 chipset driving things, along with the sort of connectivity you might expect to find inside an Android tablet.


However, unlike such a tablet, SHIELD is intended to work in two different ways. The first is as a normal, standalone Android device, running games and other software downloaded from the Google Play store. However, SHIELD can also hook up wirelessly to a PC with an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card (as long as it's compatible) and open up remote gameplay, basically being used as a controller for Steam games. It'll only be in beta when it first launches, however.

We've got full details on how the gameplay on SHIELD works, as well as a run-down of Tegra 4 in a previous SlashGear 101. We've also spent some playtime with the first batch of accessories, including the Nyko PlayPad Pro which in effect turns SHIELD into a miniature Android game console.

Your $299 gets you SHIELD, the silver lid, an AC adapter, USB cable, and two games: Expendable: Rearmed, and Sonic 4 Episode II THD. NVIDIA also offers a carrying case for $39.99, and custom casing tags for $19.99.

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