Nvidia Shield delayed until July due to 'mechanical issue'

By on June 26, 2013, 6:30 PM

Stop holding your breath, Nvidia announced today that Shield won’t be coming tomorrow as was previously announced last week.

In a statement on Nvidia’s blog, Jason Paul, director of Shield, said that due to some issues that turned up in last minute quality-assurance testing, the new handheld console won’t ship until July. Paul didn’t speak about specifics, but said the issue is related to a third-party mechanical component.

An unpolished facet of a device can kill an otherwise great product. While this delay is certainly disappointing for everyone who was looking forward to picking up the system tomorrow, in the long run, this is probably the right move for Nvidia.

Nvidia seems determined to get Shield right. In addition to the QA hangup, last week they also reduced the price by $50, from $349 to $299. The price drop was in response to customer feedback suggesting that a lower pricepoint would make Shield “a home run.”

We want every SHIELD to be perfect, so we have elected to shift the launch date to July.

Paul gave no indication of an exact shipping date, but said they’ll post an update in July with more details.

When it finally does arrive, Shield will be a unique addition to the handheld and console gaming market, offering both portable and streaming gameplay in a form-factor never before attempted.

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JC713 JC713 said:

It should be due to a bad product xD.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

That's just their way of saying "we're not sure of it's success because it's still $250 too much".

fimbles fimbles said:

Still cheaper to buy a PSP and get PSPdisp.


Sniped_Ash said:

I don't want my PC untethered THAT'S HOW THE TERMINATOR HAPPENED.

MilwaukeeMike said:

That's just their way of saying "we're not sure of it's success because it's still $250 too much".

Maybe... but I believe them. This is the first product like this for Nvidia and it's a new idea too. They need to get it right. Plus, it's not like they have some competition's device coming out soon that they need to hurry for. A couple weeks delay is better than a fiasco like Apple's Maps app that was released too soon. Especially if they plan on making a shield 2 and 3.

JC713 JC713 said:

That's just their way of saying "we're not sure of it's success because it's still $250 too much".

They are probably gonna cut it down and lower the price.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Maybe they're adding a trackball for mouse-like aiming.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Mechanical issues before leaving the lab. Seems their engineered failure backfired before anyone could actually pay for them.

Fbarnett Fbarnett said:

This thing is going to tank its worth 50 bucks but not to me

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