Nvidia is now taking preorders for its Shield handheld gaming device, which was officially named, dated, and priced earlier this week. On Tuesday morning, Nvidia revealed that it would be dropping the 'project' from Project Shield and launching pre-orders on May 20. However, it seems the company has decided to move the pre-order date forward a little.
Nvidia this morning emailed us to let us know it had changed its Shield preorder launch date from Monday, May 20, to today, May 17. It's not a huge amount of extra time, just a weekend, but if you've been gagging for Shield for months, you'll probably be glad of the change. Then again, if you're really that into Shield, you probably signed up for updates via the Shield website and so were able to pre-order before everyone else anyway. Nvidia cites "excitement generated by the Nvidia Shield news" as the reason for partners launching pre-orders early.
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. Pricing is set at $349 and the device will be available via Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers.