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Nvidia Officially Prices and Dates (Project) Shield Handheld

A few days ago, Nvidia showed off the production mold that it's using to produce the casing for Project Shield. Now, the company has moved on to more important details, like release dates and pricing for the handheld gaming device.

 

Nvidia this morning announced that the company will drop the 'project' from Project Shield. The product is officially now just 'Shield' so there'll be no Project Natal/Kinect renaming going on here. If you signed up for updates via the Shield wesbite, you can pre-order starting today. For everyone else, pre-orders for Shied will kick off on May 21, with the console set to ship in June. Pricing is set at $349 and the device will be available via Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers.

 

Shield is a 5-inch Android-based mounted on a game pad. It sports a quad-core Tegra 4 SoC, a 5-inch capacitive multi-touch screen, and Google's full-blown Android "Jelly Bean" OS. There are also two built-in speakers, Wireless-N connectivity, HDMI output, a microUSB port, a microSD card slot, 32 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM.

Our own Kevin Parrish went hands on with Shield at GTC 2013. Check it out here.

  • jaber2
    Is there a need for this?
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  • aberkae
    It is shipping to consumers in 3rd quarter not 2nd! Pc streaming is a beta feature ( except bugs) $349 lmfao.
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  • deathengine
    Pricing is just as ridiculous as Nvidia's video cards. No thanks,.
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  • JAYDEEJOHN
    They do know the economies not going well right?
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  • cepheid
    So for almost the cost of a next-gen console I can have a worthless system that runs Jelly Bean? Yeah........ok Nvidia.............
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  • ragenalien
    I was completely on track to purchase one for $200 or maybe $250. Not even going to consider it for this price, sorry Nvidia, you lost most of your market here already.
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  • CaptainTom
    Is Nvidia trying to burn through their piles of cash?
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  • WithoutWeakness
    It's unfortunate that they're asking so much for this device, especially when the streaming feature will only work with their already-overpriced Kepler cards. Pairing this with a weak GTX 660 will put you at over $550 for a 5" 720p screen to play your games on. For that same $550 you could get a GTX 670 a 24" 1080p monitor and enjoy your games The Way It's Meant to be Played™.
    Nvidia needs to make this $100 cheaper and drop the price of the higher-end Kepler cards to the appropriate levels and they'll sell many more than they will at this price. I'm getting annoyed by Nvidia's increasing price gouging over the last year.
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  • chumly
    Tegra plays games like crap. Wait for AMD for handhelds. That is all.
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  • Guys, this thing has a lot of features modern(more expensive) phones have, it's got some features that they don't have, and doesn't have some that they do have, it is more powerful and comes with a controller. If you honestly expected this to ship at a lower price than $300, you're asking for quite a lot. $350 is a bit high for it IMO, but it's a product without much competition.
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