Nvidia Shield arrives in June for $349, pre-orders open now (update)

By on May 17, 2013, 9:09 AM
android, nvidia, gaming, portable gaming, nvidia shield

Update: Nvidia has apparently decided to open pre-orders today instead of May 20th as originally announced. You can buy yours for $350 at Newegg, GameStop, and Canada Computer, as well as Nvidia's Shield site. The estimated ship date also appears to have moved up from 'end of June' to June 4th.

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Nvidia surprised many of us by announcing a dedicated gaming handheld during the company's CES press conference earlier this year. Codenamed Project Shield, the device went from idea to prototype in less than a year. Now, Nvidia is all set to take the final step into commercial product, announcing that pre-orders for Shield will open on May 20 at $349, with shipments expected reach customer’s hands by the end of June.

Based on the new Tegra 4 mobile chip, also announced at CES, the device comes in the shape of a console gaming controller and includes a 5-inch capacitive touch screen with 1,280x720 resolution. Tegra’s four CPU cores and 72 graphics cores support a maximum resolution of 3200 x 2000 pixels, however, so games can be played at full HD on a TV. Other specs include 16GB of storage, mini-HDMI, micro-USB 2.0, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot for storage expansion, 802.11n Wi-Fi, integrated speakers, and a headphone jack.

In terms of software the Shield will ship with an un-skinned, "pure" version of Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, and as such it should be able to receive any updates Google releases in the future without much delay.

Nvidia’s Tegrazone will be the main storefront for Shield-optimized games -- currently there’s 76 of them including Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Naturally, the Google Play store will also be available for a vast catalog of apps and games that aren’t featured on Nvidia’s storefront.

In addition to running Android games, the Shield can also stream games from your GeForce-equipped PC to the controller via Wi-Fi, where you can play them directly on the small screen or output to a TV. Paired with Steam’s Big Screen mode this means you can navigate your library and launch games without moving back to your PC.




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1 person liked this | mrcavooter mrcavooter said:

Great price point.

1 person liked this | ETF Soldier ETF Soldier said:

Do you seriously need a GeForce GPU in your PC to stream? THEY'RE SO EXPENSIVE. Admittedly I would've preferred to get a GeForce over my Radeon but the price to power ratio was a lot better for 6870 to the GeForce equivalent.

QUICK. SOMEONE MAKE A MOD FOR IT. NOW.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Great price point.

Great price point? Apparently yours & my definition of a great price point varies wildly.

Sunny87 said:

Is it just me who thinks this is just a $349 turd?

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Is it just me who thinks this is just a $349 turd?

Nope but I was trying to be polite.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Do you seriously need a GeForce GPU in your PC to stream? THEY'RE SO EXPENSIVE. Admittedly I would've preferred to get a GeForce over my Radeon but the price to power ratio was a lot better for 6870 to the GeForce equivalent.

QUICK. SOMEONE MAKE A MOD FOR IT. NOW.

Well you'll need a half decent graphics card installed at least since the games are rendered on the actual pc, but your right, there isn't a direct reason why it has to be a GeForce card, but then the product is made by Nvidia, maybe they are using functions within the cards that we don't know about to keep the latency low? Who knows, would be nice to see them release a patch or app that runs in the background that allows it to work with any other graphics card maker.

Guest said:

Thanks to this you can turn your PC into a console! Wait! WTF? I think I want it the other way around.

ETF Soldier ETF Soldier said:

Well you'll need a half decent graphics card installed at least since the games are rendered on the actual pc, but your right, there isn't a direct reason why it has to be a GeForce card, but then the product is made by Nvidia, maybe they are using functions within the cards that we don't know about to keep the latency low? Who knows, would be nice to see them release a patch or app that runs in the background that allows it to work with any other graphics card maker.

In general I think I'd much prefer sitting at my PC and playing anyway, but for those sick days in bed, general relaxation and multitasking this would be brilliant. I wonder if this would work abroad?

2 people like this | MilwaukeeMike said:

Is it just me who thinks this is just a $349 turd?

No PC Mag pretty much called it the same, with a bunch of explanation to the opinion. This is a similar idea to the Razer Edge isn't it?

We'll have to keep an eye on this to see if I we're all right, or if it turns out like the Galaxy Note and sells great.

JC713 JC713 said:

This is so dumb. A 720P display plus it is a total gimmick. I would rather buy a Galaxy Note and the controller from Samsung for $100 less. Yes, I cannot stream games from my PC, but who cares. A bigger screen is so much better than this junk. The experience is 10x better.

distantreality said:

All I can say is just another waste of money and in the end will end up costing nvidia more money in the end they should stick to what they are good at...bringing out video cards every friggin time I update mine and making me wait til I can afford another then same crap happens again lol

Duskywolf50 said:

That's cost are too darn expensive, two choice, video card or this? I think it should cost $199 is good start.

Zeromus said:

Technically, 349 + 499.

JC713 JC713 said:

I would rather buy a 7970 than this garbage.

Mallok Mallok said:

Already pre-ordered, can't wait!

dennis777 dennis777 said:

Can the screen flip? so you could play with screen only?

JC713 JC713 said:

Can the screen flip? so you could play with screen only?

It is so fat already lol. It would be hard to hold as a touchscreen device.

Mallok Mallok said:

Can the screen flip? so you could play with screen only?

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It looks like it flips open pretty far, but that would probably be pretty awkward to hold. Also it doesn't support portrait mode only landscape which may cause some issues with non- optimized android games.

I'm mainly interested in the streaming from PC since I can't sit in front of mine anymore due to time constraints. I don't expect this to sell a lot of units, except to dad's like myself. I already have the gtx670 so my only possible issue now is my router.

Guest said:

This fail will be dropped by Nvidia within months. No-one(Except Vita die hards) will want this s**t. Tablets and phones will kill this overnight. Why oh why do they want to chase a failed idea from the outset. Joke Joke Joke. The DS will outsell this 50000-1. Heck The lowest end (cr*p) android phones will kill this fail. Rich bored a**hol*s plaything...

Misagt said:

It's not for me but I like the idea behind it, being able to stream to your TV and relax without the hassle of connecting pc to the tv would be nice although it's not a feature I would probably use much. I do have my computer and steam big picture hooked up to my tv, but it is a pain to configure at this point in time.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

"A fool and his money are soon parted company". Nvidia is banking on the fact they believe they can spot a fool from a mile away.

Mallok Mallok said:

"A fool and his money are soon parted company". Nvidia is banking on the fact they believe they can spot a fool from a mile away.

They say a man who represents himself has a fool for a client. Well, with God as my witness, I am that fool!

1 person liked this | Mallok Mallok said:

"A fool and his money are soon parted company". Nvidia is banking on the fact they believe they can spot a fool from a mile away.

They say a man who represents himself has a fool for a client. Well, with God as my witness, I am that fool!

I meant to trim that to just: Well, with God as my witness, I am that fool!

But seriously, let me explain what this item is for me, and possibly others.

I have 2 very young children. My gaming PC is already in my bedroom to make room for the kids. So to game I have to walk upstairs to my bedroom. If I have an hour of "free" time I can't go hide upstairs. I have to be able to walk away at a moments notice to get to the potty, change a diaper, or any other of a million things. If the baby is sleeping and the toddler is watching an hour of Dora (while eating lunch) I can sneak in 45+ minutes of gaming. I already have a core-i7 860 I built a couple years ago and recently put a gtx 670 in it (merry christmas to me). It's mostly wasted since I'm not able to stay up past 10:30 anymore. $350 is a pittance to be able to play steam games. I can play on my couch and pause or quit in a second. Also, I can't play at night when my wife is asleep in my bedroom either - that 23" puts out some serious backlighting. This allows another potential 45 minutes at bed time. I'd have paid more than $350 for that (but only about $50 heh). I don't think a majority of folks need to be able to get away from the PC in the same household, but for those that do, this is a real winner.

I have zero interest in gaming on a tablet. I get that people like them, but for me it just doesn't make sense. If you could ultimately do this with a newer nexus tablet and controller I would be on board with that, but I can enjoy this for sure and the other is speculation at this point. For Android gaming I play solitaire on my SG3, and I just tried a free version of cut the rope. But if I'm gaming I'd much rather have my PC library than an android/ios game. So that is another potential customer (those that prefer PC gaming). I can also pick up 20 or more games from steam sales for less than the cost of 2 console games new.

If this doesn't sell well, I won't be surprised, but I feel like most people will be surprised if it does. You may just be underestimating the amount of people wishing for a portable PC gaming machine for the house. It's a niche market for sure, but perhaps the addition of streaming to the TV opens it up quite a bit if they can pull that off. I don't care either way, I'll use it all the time.

This is mostly therapy for myself since no one will read it. But /sigh anyway. <g>

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

No, I read (skimmed) it, and all it did for me was to see a huge opportunity in "device addiction rehabilitation centers".

Really, if you need to be that close to a gaming device, you're perhaps not as dangerous as the clowns I have to "share the road with", but a nuisance to yourself and others nonetheless.

This current crop of "Homo Sapiens Addictiensis", lacks the genetic ability to either be alone, shut its mouth, or do without some kind of electronic pacifier. Sadly perhaps, I fondly remember simpler times.

Mallok Mallok said:

Well, I am confused by your conclusion. I spend most of my time doing other things, but it's nice to game once in awhile. Not a fan of being glued to a device all day. Where did I imply or explicitly state that I needed to be close to a gaming device?

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Well, I am confused by your conclusion.
I might have expected that. As I pointed out, I skimmed, and the fact that I simply don't care, just compounds my abundant lack of interest.

I still read books, I'm capable of changing the channel on my TV with the remote it came with instead of an iPad as the TV suggested. I still use printing on paper as a method of absorbing information. I'm not interested in one more crap hole device that will enable me to waste more of my life in some electronic wonderland.

You don't have to justify anything to me. To the he baby's college fund maybe.

Anytime I play a video game I feel I'm taking time away from things I enjoy more, require more of me, or I need to accomplish. In short, I feel I've failed at something worthwhile.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Anytime I play a video game I feel I'm taking time away from things I enjoy more, require more of me, or I need to accomplish. In short, I feel I've failed at something worthwhile.
So in short you have little interest in gaming topics, therefore the only reason I can see for your visit to this thread is trolling. Come on Cap, lets keep trolling minimized to Windows Depression topics.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

So in short you have little interest in gaming topics, therefore the only reason I can see for your visit to this thread is trolling. Come on Cap, lets keep trolling minimized to Windows Depression topics.
Did you just appoint yourself moderator? Because I don't see your name up in green lights.

I simply said the Nvidia seems like they've hit on a way to part a fool with his, (or her) money with this "device".

Now, if the noobs want to either try and change my mind or take offense at that, that's their prerogative. I'm about ready to have a sandwich, watch some porn, and play my 12 string.

Oh, and save $350.00! By your leave, of course.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Did you just appoint yourself moderator?
LOL, I thought I would hallucinate for a few minutes.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Yeah right, "paranoid delusions of moderator-hood". Perhaps I could work a program to combat that in the string of rehab clinics I'm going to open for "electronic device addiction".

Man has had such expansive dreams, such a vastly exaggerated & inflated sense of worth over the ages. We're so smart someday we think we'll be telepathic, perhaps even telekinetic. While we're waiting for that huge turn in evolution, let's sit here and let a device that "thinks" in ones and zeroes hypnotize us into submission.

Note to self, add "build a bridge to sleep under" to that "crankydo list" you published earlier.

Woodworking, not there's another declining art.

BTW Cliff, do you think Frank Herbert was right that we don't have to invent interplanetary transport. Just take a s***load of drugs and in due course we'll be able to"fold space". Hey, maybe someone with write , "an app for that"...

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Woodworking, not there's another declining art.
Perhaps nVidia Shield and 3D printing will bring that back to life.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I'm going to go watch two women together and see what that brings "back to life".....:eek:

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Modern Family Season 4 Episode 23 (latest on Hulu) shows the Pritchet kid playing on an Nvidia Project Shield:

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I hate that show. Sorry.

At least now I don't have to hate it on the banality of its content alone. Thank you, Nvidia.

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@spydercanopus

Thats a nice pic. The only thing that would make it more believable, would be to show the driver "texting and driving". The fact that his eyes are closed, seems out dated. lol

1 person liked this | spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

@spydercanopus

Thats a nice pic. The only thing that would make it more believable, would be to show the driver "texting and driving". The fact that his eyes are closed, seems out dated. lol

You saying I made it up? Watch it here and skip to the 5:00 mark: http://www.hulu.com/watch/490486

EDIT: Nevermind, I get it. Sorry it's hard to take in flat text as anything but literal.

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

@spydercanopus

Thats a nice pic. The only thing that would make it more believable, would be to show the driver "texting and driving". The fact that his eyes are closed, seems out dated. lol

First off, can't you tell when somebody is, "using the force", by now?

In any event, maybe Google will hijack, (I mean "enhance" , the Nvidia device so you can hook it up to "Google Glass", for an "in your face, full contact driving experience".

Back in the day, we used to twiddle our thumbs for the purity of the experience, we simply didn't need a $350.00 device to assist us.

So there you go, "Project Shield", "Google Glass", then all you'll need to complete your "electronics immersion cocoon", is a downloadable PDF, with instructions on how to steer with your frakkin' knees.....

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

"A fool and his money are soon parted company". Nvidia is banking on the fact they believe they can spot a fool from a mile away.

And they're doing a pretty good job at the moment. Just ask any Titan owner. Next up are the fools who plan to spend way too much on a GTX 780.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

In general I think I'd much prefer sitting at my PC and playing anyway, but for those sick days in bed, general relaxation and multitasking this would be brilliant. I wonder if this would work abroad?

I guess so? Since its network based all you'd need is a VPN in and it should work, I can't see the latency being very good though!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

And they're doing a pretty good job at the moment. Just ask any Titan owner. Next up are the fools who plan to spend way too much on a GTX 780.
Well, I have a lot more respect for someone who is working toward making his or her desktop, "be all that it can be", than for a pack of clowns who really can't seem to put down any handheld electronic device. The next garbage you offer them, the next garbage they have to have.

A desktop that draws enough power to light the whole house isn't something I am interested in owning, but I suppose I can see the allure

There are deeper psychological revelations in observing the gaming public. I confess to tripping more off watching the human interaction with the computer, and how it affects human behavior (*), than the machines themselves.

(*) And although I have less objectivity than I should, my own behavior as well..:oops:

But, when you come right down to it, I suppose that needing a graphics card as long as a GTX-780 could be construed to be overcompensation for a shortage someplace else....

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I dunno, $350 is a lot to pay to continue your games while on the pooper.

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