This week SHIELD has been re-introduced by NVIDIA as a product that will, in fact, be available for purchase by gamers in the United States and Canada – and along with it, accessories will be coming straight from the company. While in the past it’s been understood that NVIDIA makes graphics-intensive products that find their way into desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, and everything in-between, SHIELD starts the company’s first start-to-finish product. In other words, NVIDIA made it and NVIDIA is selling it straight to you.
With SHIELD, two accessories will be available straight from the get-go. The first of these is a Carrying Case that’s hard-packed around the edges to protect the device you’re carrying from any basic harm. This case is custom molded to SHIELD, has a lovely SHIELD name-plate, and is black with green accents.
This carrying case works with a USB port on its back so the user can keep SHIELD plugged in while the case is closed to power up whist on the go. This case also has a strap to hold at the gamers’ side. This case will be available for $39.99 USD in June when SHIELD launches.
Also coming at the same time SHIELD is available are a couple of custom lids. The top of SHIELD is a customizable, replaceable unit called a lid. Custom lids will be available for $19.99 each and, at launch, users will be able to grab a glossy black lid or a carbon fiber lid, these replacing the standard silver that comes with the device.
SHIELD itself has been detailed in its final form and prepared for pre-orders and the like this week along with its accessories. Right in the midst of Google I/O 2013, NVIDIA has revealed launch details along with a push specifically for those most interested in joining the SHIELD party in its first release wave.