If you remember back when we were covering nVidia at CES 2013, we talked about the SHIELD console. This is nVidia’s portable gaming console that also doubles as a high-end gaming controller. While the spotlight for portable gaming consoles was taken recently by Razer’s Edge console, nVidia has stepped back on the stage, by announcing that pre-orders for the SHIELD console will go live on May 20th at $349.
Gamers around the world who want a portable gaming console that not only looks great but also offers more functionality will be interested in the SHIELD console. If you haven’t been paying attention at CES and this is the first time you hear about the SHIELD console, then take a look at what it can do.
nVidia SHIELD Specs
- nVidia Tegra 4 Processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 16 GB internal memory (expandable via SD card)
- 5 inch Display with 720p Resolution
- Custom integrated speakers
- 802.11n 2X2 MIMO Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 3.0
- mini-HDMI output
- micro-USB 2.0
- Android OS with access to nVIdia TegraZone, Google Play and Steam
As you can see, this baby is pretty powerful, capable of running pretty much any Android based game out there. Also, the design of the console is somewhat similar to a normal controller (a cross between an Xbox and a PlayStation controller) with the display acting as the cover of the device.
nVidia also announced that they will be working hard to enable users of the SHIELD console to connect to their nVidia GeForce GTX powered computers and stream games to their SHIELD console directly. Also, it is possible that the users will be able to play Steam games from the console. At the moment, the game streaming option will come as a beta for SHIELD users.
Pre-Order nVidia SHIELD
For users who have already signed up for the newsletter by nVidia, the company has allowed them to pre-order their devices starting today, but everyone else out there, the pre-order period will start on May 20th and the device will ship in June. If you want to pre-order the nVidia SHIELD console, then you can head to the SHIELD website, where you will get all the information you want.
If you’d rather wait for the console to hit the stores, then you will be able to get on from a number of retailers, including: Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers. After the release, it will probably be available in most stores that carry gadgets and computers.
Keep in mind that as for now, there is no pro-oder button unless you have previously signed up for updates on the project. The price for the device is set to be $349, which is pretty decent, taking into account the hardware it packs. Have a look at the video below to see the device in action.