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Nvidia Shield launches in June for $350, pre-orders open May 20

Nvidia's Project Shield – now officially dubbed Nvidia Shield – will launch before the end of June for $349.99, Nvidia has announced. Pre-orders for the Tegra 4-powered Android handheld will open on May 20, through select online and brick-and-mortar retailers: New Egg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers. Those on Nvidia's Project Shield notification list can pre-order starting today.

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majiebeast1649d ago (Edited 1649d ago )

This thing is DOA, what were they thinking with this. Only good thing is streaming but thats only for 600 or higher series cards.

nukeitall1649d ago (Edited 1649d ago )

This thing cost more than a Wii U!

So for only $350 you get to play Android games and stream PC games. Pffttt... NO THANKS!!!

lol! Man I just can't stop laughing, it's just too comical.

Dasteru1649d ago

The shield isn't a typical handheld gaming system like the 3DS or Vita, it is an android tablet with a built in control pad and a gaming focus.

Most high end android tablets are atleast $400 with some as high as $600, if you do not understand the reason for the $350 price tag on this, then you are not the target audience anyways.

Lior1649d ago

Wait hold on I have 2 GTX 680s in SLI can I play my games at home and when im at work or away?

ginsunuva1649d ago

You have to use your local network for lag reasons

ginsunuva1649d ago

You guys are all forgetting Geforce GRID. Shield will be the most optimal way to play across GRID.

joeorc1649d ago

and people complain about the cost of the PSVita..lol

so the screen size is:

Multi-touch display – 5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display for high-fidelity visuals

So this also has a

Tegra 4 – The world’s fastest mobile processor delivers rich graphics and unbeatable performance thanks to 72 GPU cores, four CPU cores and 2GB of RAM.

it's very powerful, but how much of that System Ram is dedicated to the GPU?

with the PSVita we know it has 128 MB of dedicated Ram for the GPU!

No doubt its powerful, but its even more expensive than the PSVita and Nvidia's 1st party studios making games to take advantage of such powerful hardware? anyone..anyone?

while the price is

the Shield is priced at $349 and will be available for pre-order on May 20th.

are 3rd party developers going to take advantage of its hardware aside from what Sony is doing with the PSVita?

that is the Question.

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Christopher1649d ago (Edited 1649d ago )

Let me get this straight... console video cards don't present enough profit for them in today's market, but a bulky handheld that will compete with existing handhelds, tablets, and phones will?

aliengmr1649d ago

How many existing handhelds let me stream games from my gaming PC?

cyguration1649d ago

Why would you want to stream games from your PC in the same house/apartment/building?

I just don't see the use for this thing. If you could actually play high-end PC games from your Steam library on the go, well...that's different.

Christopher1649d ago (Edited 1649d ago )

How many people want to stream a game from their PC in their own home as opposed to playing it on a big screen TV/monitor(s)? And, how many people will pay $350 to do this?

Now, compare that to how many people want an inexpensive gaming device that is portable, reasonable battery life, with tons of games on it that they can take and play anywhere? Or how many people want a smart phone that can also play games while they're out and about?

CEOSteveBallmer1649d ago

That's the only incentive thing i can say about shield. But how does it work? do you need to be in range of your wifi to make it work?? Im not techie but your PC needs a very strong graphics card and it has limited coverage area when you connect your device. So maybe just around your yard and your house. But when you bring it to work I doubt you could stream your PC.

aliengmr1649d ago (Edited 1649d ago )

@cyguration

Eventually, sure.

The whole idea of in home streaming is to stream all your games from your gaming rig, as opposed to services like Onlive. This was one part of Valve's "Steambox" idea.

I am not claiming this is going to be a great product, just pointing out that its not not intended to compete with other handhelds. I wouldn't get an ipad if I wanted to stream games from my PC.

@cgoodno

You're missing the point. Whether its a good idea or whether there's a market for it is not what I am getting at.

What I am saying is if I "wanted" to do in home streaming from my PC what are my options?

Christopher1649d ago

***What I am saying is if I "wanted" to do in home streaming from my PC what are my options?***

Then you're waaaayyyy off topic in your response to me. Because my topic was all about their potential for profit.

And, just because there is an option doesn't mean there is demand for it.

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CEOSteveBallmer1649d ago

Exactly what I was thinking!!. They bash Sony and saying providing graphics cards to consoles are a waste and yet here they are making a handheld device. What makes them think people will choose this over an iPad, 3DS and a vita? A handheld is still a gaming console and iPads are not only for gaming but other stuff. Anyway does the nvidia shield even have touchscreen?? if not then what edge does it got over the ipad, 3DS and vita which all are touchscreens

Christopher1649d ago

They didn't bash Sony, they bashed AMD and acted a bit arrogant in the process. NVidia also rejected Microsoft on video cards. Just a bit of a correction there.

NVidia has a great market for cellphone GPUs and PC GPUs, but what I don't get is their desire to not do console GPUs, which are very similar to cell phone GPUs as far as mass production and selling, but then go out on a limb with a device like this in an industry where the PS Vita is hurting and most people are moving towards phone/tablet gaming for 'on the go' gaming.

SpiralTear1649d ago

Unless the PC streaming is pristinely perfect with no lag or performance issues whatsoever, I'm going to say "no" on this one.

ninjahunter1649d ago

TotalBiscuit expressed that it was lag free enough at at a convention (where the wifi is tapped out) that the responsiveness was equivilant to any console controller. If that helps your opinion on it.

chasegarcia1649d ago (Edited 1649d ago )

I played with this at Pax East.

My thoughts:

Controller: The layout was not comfortable. My hands hand issues with the joysticks.The are way too close to each-other. An X360 style layout would have been better.

Graphics: It was like PC games on minimum-medium settings. Very impressive for a handheld.

I also specifically checked out the Shield to compare it against the VITA.I don't think Sony has anything to worry about. The Vita has similar graphics, good screen, nice controller layout, and tons of games.

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