The Project Shield from Nvidia, which is now dubbed as Nvidia Shield will be launching before the June end for US$349.99. Nvidia has announced in a press release that the pre-orders will begin from May 20th on the Nvidia Shield official website. It will also be available at US retailers Newegg, GameStop, Micro Centre and Canada Computers apart from the official website.
Nvidia Shield is a portable gaming handheld console which is powered by Tegra 4 Quad core processor at its heart. It will be able to run not only the Tegra optimized games but also the regular Android games and applications from Google Play Store. As the handheld console is in landscape mode, it won’t support apps and games that work only in the portrait or vertical mode. It is also capable of streaming games from your PC as well provided your computer has a GTX 650 GPU or better installed.
Here is a complete run down on its specifications:
- 5-inch 720p multi-touch landscape display
- Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad core processor (ARM A15 CPU with 72 GPU cores) with 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB internal memory with a Micro SD card slot for expansion
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11n 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB 2.0 port, mini-HDMI output, 3.5 mm audio jack, GPS
- Integrated speakers with microphone support via audio jack
- Integrated Console controller: Dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left/right analog triggers, left/right full-sized bumpers, A/B/X/Y buttons with volume control
- Buttons: Android Home and Back Buttons, Start Button, Nvidia Power/Multifunction button
- Stock Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
All Shield gaming consoles will come with two complementary free games: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 and Expendable: Rearmed. It will also have pre-loaded Google Play Store, TegraZone and Steam for a vast variety of games from various ecosystems. Apps like Hulu Plus and TwitchTV are also pre-loaded on the console. Accessories are also available to buy separately including a carrying case for $40 and custom lists (carbon fiber or glossy black) for $20 each.
Nvidia also announced availability of five new games for its platform: ‘Broken Age’ and ‘Costume Quest’ from Double Fine, ‘Flyhunter: Origins’ from Steel Wool Games, ‘Skiing Fred’ from Dedalord Games and ‘Chuck’s Challenge’ from Chuck Sommerville’s Niffler. Follow us on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook for more news related to phones, tablets and reviews.