Remember the promising Nvidia Project Shield gaming handheld that was thrusted into the limelight a few months ago? Well, Nvidia is now ready to release their product to the public, confirming that the device will sell as the Nvidia Shield. More importantly, the company has already confirmed a price for the Shield, and fears that it wasn’t going to be cheap have certainly come to light.
Without beating around the bush, we can tell you that Nvidia Shield is going to be priced at $350 (£228 conversion, but could be more). A release date has been confirmed for June, while pre-orders will officially commence on May 20 – direct on Nvidia’s website. Considering that the Wii U launched at $299 in the US for the basic model – many consumers may deem $349 as too expensive for a handheld.
Then again, Nvidia touts the ability of PC game streaming via Steam – only if you have the requirement hardware. That is another big if as well, as Nvidia’s website confirms that you’ll need to have a PC with a GeForce GTX 650 GPU or higher, as well as an Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz or higher.
Even if you won’t be able to stream PC games, Shield comes with plenty of other functionality to keep you busy. There will be a separate library of games to play on the system, some of which include the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Real Boxing. Perhaps more importantly though – Shield also comes with full access to the Google Play Store, meaning that you can play games such as GTA Vice City among the endless library of Android games – all running on a Tegra 4 processor.
With that in mind, does it still warrant a $349.99 price tag though? That price point is likely to be around the same area in which the next-gen Xbox and Sony PS4 will cost as well – just to put it into context. Who will buy an NVIDIA Shield when they could perhaps buy a next-gen console for the same price?
More details are available through Nvidia’s website. Let us know if you are ready to buy one on May 20, or if you will wait for a price drop.
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