Nvidia’s brand new handheld console seemed like a very interesting device at PAX East 2013 where we got our hands on it to play some Grand Theft Auto: Vice City among other games. The Shield features a custom 72 core Nvidia GeForce Gpu, a Quad-core ARM A15 CPU, a 5 inch 720p multi touch display, built in 802.11n 2×2 MIMO game-speed WiFi and it’s all running on Android’s latest OS Jelly Bean. The shield has quite a few interesting features including a mini-HDMI output so you can see your games on the big screen. A micro USB 2.0 port, a Micro SD slot in addition to 16 Gigs of flash memory, Dual analog joysticks and it weighs in at only 579 grams.
With all of the technical specs out of the way, here comes the real information you’re looking for.
According to the official Nvidia blog, the Shield is priced at $349 and will be available for pre-order on May 20th, just one day before the announcement of the next Xbox. If you can hold out for a month Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center, and Canada Computers will all be carrying the Shield when it ships in June. But if you’re the impatient type you can pre-order it now at shield.nvidia.com. All you have to do is click Notify me and you’ll be one of the first to know exacty when you can pre-order this handheld.
So it’s touted as an android device but you can play games from Nvidia TegraZone, Google Play, and Steam! So not only can you play games on your Nvidia Shield, you can even watch your favorite movies, listen to music and run all your apps.
If you’re curious about how the Shield can stream your Steam games check out our write up here
Here’s what Nvidia’s official blog has said:
Tegra 4 – The world’s fastest mobile processor delivers rich graphics and unbeatable performance thanks to 72 GPU cores, four CPU cores and 2GB of RAM
Console-grade controller – Precise control thanks to dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
Multi-touch display – 5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display for high-fidelity visuals
Integrated speakers – Custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system – we think this is SHIELD’s sleeper feature
Wi-Fi – 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi for game streaming
Pure Android – Latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, for access to Android games and apps
There’s more – We put into SHIELD everything we would want in a premium mobile gaming device: 16 GB memory, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI output, micro-USB 2.0, a microSD storage slot, a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack. See the full spec sheet, here.
Credit: Nvidia’s Official Blog