Nvidia's Tegra 4 Android-powered handheld gaming system called Project Shield has finally become a real thing instead of just a demo device seen at conferences and on video. Today the company has announced that pre-orders will begin on May 20th, 2013 with a shipping date happening sometime in late June 2013.
The device will be dropping the 'Project' part of its name as well and will be known from now on as simple Shield. For those of you who signed up for email updates regarding the Shield's progress, you have the ability to pre-order the device now while everyone else will have to wait until May 20th. We also have a complete list of hardware specs to check out now.
- Tegra 4 quad-core chipset: 72 custom GPU cores and four Cortex-A15 CPU cores - Dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog 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 - 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
While this device can play any Android game that is available, it can also play PC games as well such as titles through Steam streamed to the device. Once Nvidia's GRID becomes more abundant, you will be able to play pretty much any game available on their game streaming service as well as long as you're connected to the internet. When you pick up a Shield unit, it will come with 2 games: Expendable: Rearmed and Sonic 4 Episode II THD.
For those of you eager to get your hands on one, regardless if you can pre-order now or later, you'll need to shell out $350 to get one. After the pre-orders ship in June, Shield will be available on ewegg, Gamestop, Micro Center and Canada Computers. One last thing to note, these pre-orders are for US and Canada residents only.
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