Announced in January as Project Shield, Nvidia’s intriguing new handheld now has a price, a June release window, and the promise of Double Fine’s Broken Age. Who’s ready to spend $US350 on a dedicated Android gaming device?
Now simply dubbed Shield, Nvidia’s Tegra 4-powered Android portable / streaming PC game device is now accepting preorders from folks who sign up for the newsletter at the project’s website before May 20. The unit will begin shipping next month — just in time for the Ouya — and will be available at retail from GameStop, Newegg, Microcenter and Canada Computers.
It’s a hefty price tag for an Android device, but this is an Android device like no other, powered by the next generation of Nvidia’s Tegra chips, with the ability to stream PC games from a computer outfitted with a GeForce GTX graphics card with virtually no lag.
Here’s Nvidia’s official list of eye-catching features, which you can counter-balance with my own analysis of the device.
- Tegra 4 – the world’s fastest mobile processor, Tegra 4 packs 72 custom GPU cores and four Cortex-A15 CPU cores
- Console-grade controller – dual analogue joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analogue triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
- High Fidelity Audio and Video -5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display and custom bass reflex tuned port audio system
- Memory and Storage – 2GB RAM, 16GB internal flash storage and microSD storage slot
- Android Jelly Bean – the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system
- And More! – 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi , GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, mini-HDMI, micro-USB 2.0 and 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
It’s a fair price for a luxury item, the sort of shiny new tech that no one really needs but some people can’t help but want.
Nvidia also sweetens the pot with five new games TegraZone games coming to the Shield later this year, including Double Fine’s eagerly-anticipated Kickstarter-funded Broken Age. Double Fine is also bringing Costume Quest to Shield, with Steel Wool Games’ Flyhunter: Origins, Dedalord’s Skiing Fred and Chuck’s Challenge 3D from Niffler rounding out the list.
With the Ouya going wide next month, GameStick due out sometime soon and now Shield dropping in June, it’s going to be an interesting spring for Android gaming.