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NVIDIA drops the price of Shield console ahead of launch

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NVIDIA drops the price of Shield console ahead of launch
The Shield portable gaming console by NVIDIA is a peculiar device. Unlike most other members of the species, the gadget runs Android, meaning that it can be loaded with all kinds of games and applications straight from the Google Play store. Also, it can be used for all kinds of tasks you would usually do on a smartphone, such as checking email or browsing the web. Of course, all of the latest games are playable on it thanks to the Shield's powerful Tegra 4 chip paired with 2GB of RAM.

Anyone who has been waiting to get one of these will  be happy to know that NVIDIA has dropped the price of its Shield console. Initially expected to launch for $349, the portable gaming console is now on pre-order for a bit more acceptable $299 with a limit of 4 consoles per person. And for an extra $39.99 you can add a deluxe carrying case, while the custom tags to personalize your Shield with are priced at $19.99 apiece. A couple of full Android games come pre-loaded – Expendable: Rearmed and Sonic 4 Episode II THD.

As for its hardware specs, the NVIDIA Shield comes with a 5-inch screen, the resolution of which is 720 by 1280 pixels. Storage is limited to 16GB, but a microSD card slot is present for expanding that space further. Android 4.2.2 comes running on the console out of the box. To learn more about it, our Shield hands-on would be the right page to visit.

The NVIDIA Shield portable gaming console can be pre-ordered from the company's web site. Shipments are scheduled to begin before the end of June.

source: NVIDIA via BGR

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posted on 21 Jun 2013, 03:06 2

1. Kal-el (Posts: 96; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)

Smart move Cuz for 50 bucks more of the original price i could buy a Ps4 ($399) ...sure there wouldn't be portability but then again u couldn't compare graphics against ps4

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 04:44

4. BesnikRrustemi (Posts: 44; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)

Yes you are right,but its only about graphics.
Shield is more than a gaming console,as Nick T. mentioned: its like a smartphone
The price of the games on play store is 0.99$ - 6.99$ while for playstation 4 they are\will be expensive.
another benefit is that you can use other apps instead of just games.
You are right,i Would go for the PS4 too because instead of the shield i would rather wait for a tegra 4 smartphone,because i would get everything else + the smartphone features.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 03:09

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1311; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

this thing is huge for a handheld, and how long does the battery last for?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 03:46

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

A $30 Ebay controller is you can attach your current phone is still 10 times cheaper.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 05:10

5. DibelDibil (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

I'm curious whether they'll make exclusive games for the SHIELD, will companies support it?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 06:41

6. FlushGordon (unregistered)

Market it well, and it will sell

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