Nvidia has announced that there will be a short delay in the shipping of their Android-powered handheld gaming system Shield which was supposed to begin shipping out tomorrow. Instead Shield units will begin shipping out sometime in July. This also means the Shield won't be officially going on sale to the public tomorrow either.
Today, with no more delays happening, is the day that Ouya has officially gone on sale to the public through retail channels in the U.S., Canada and the UK. The Android-powered gaming console has received additional funding over the past couple of months and a delay that stopped its June launch, pushing it to July, so the company could meet the demand for the unit.
Nvidia has decided to make one final change in response to the feedback from the community of Android gamers who want one of their handheld Tegra 4 Android-powered gaming devices called SHIELD. A lot of people have pointed out that the original pricing of $349 is just a bit too high when it comes to considering purchasing this device.
PlayJam's GameStick Android-powered portable game console happens to be one of the rather popular devices in this new category of Android gaming. Having had a successful Kickstarter campaign, plenty of positive feedback from the community and a redesign of the unit itself, it has come a long way from being just a concept. While the device was slated to launch this Summer, close to when Ouya would officially be released as well, PlayJam has announced that the unit's launch has been delayed by a short bit.
Mad Catz is starting to really focus on mobile gaming and with good reason too since it is now becoming a major force in the gaming industry. Back during CES 2013 the company unveiled a series of peripherals that would be compatible with most platforms including mobile for mobile gamers. Mad Catz has now announced a partnership with Nvidia revolving around their GameSmart Technology and any product that uses that technology will be compatible with Nvidia Tegra-based devices.
E3 2013 is only a few days away and already the news is coming at a steady pace. Today MOGA has announced that they will be showing off officially a new series of controllers for mobile gaming that features a new technology that the company is calling Boost Technology.
While Nvidia's handheld gaming system called Shield is an Android-powered device, it is geared towards gaming both with Android games as well as PC games. However the device, which runs Android 4.2, can be used as a normal Android device as well for pretty much everything else as well.
Green Throttle has come up with a rather interesting plan to help promote and sell their controller system that essentially turns your Android device into a console where you can play multiplayer games with friends in person using two controllers and your Android phone or tablet. The company is offering up an affiliate program for indie developers to sign-up for where they will get paid commission should someone buy a controller through a developer.
Recently BlueStacks had announced that soon it would be releasing its own Android-based console system called GamePop which would be subscription-based in terms of accessing games. The unit itself has been up for pre-orders where you could get the console for free if you paid for a year's worth of subscription service.
One device a lot of people are actually looking forward to but have had to wait a long time for already is the gaming-centric Android tablet called the Wikipad. Having undergone a few redesigns in hardware department, that has been the biggest cause for the delay. It finally looks like the Wikipad may actually be launching soon though as the device has passed through the FCC.
Nvidia has published a blog post going into detail about the behind-the-scenes effort regarding their Android-powered handheld gaming device called Shield. In case you've missed it, the pre-orders are live for these devices as of May 17th and will run you $350 to snag one right now. While the behind-the-scenes look is pretty interesting, Nvidia has posted another video which showcases the final firmware of Shield, pre-loaded games that will come with it and more.