In response to buzz about NVIDIA's Shield console, NVIDIA has moved up the preorder date a few days, May 20th to today, May 17th. Shield will be available for the previously stated $349 price for shoppers in the US. If you're not familiar with NVIDIA's Shield, it's a portable handheld gaming console including a 1.9 GHz Tegra 4 SoC and running Android 4.2.1. This is the first time NVIDIA has sold an Android device directly to consumers and will be supporting it directly with TegraZone marketplace alongside Google Play. 

SoC NVIDIA Tegra 4 - 1.9 GHz
Display 5-inch 720p "Retinal" Display
Wireless Connectivity 2x2:2 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi + BT 3.0, GPS
Storage 16 GB NAND, microSD Expansion
I/O microUSB 2.0, mini-HDMI, 3.5mm headphone
OS Android 4.2.1, Updates from NVIDIA
Price $349.00, Preorders May 20, Shipping Late June

The following sites will be taking preorders for Shield:

Source: NVIDIA

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  • tipoo - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I guess if you're just comparing it to the Vita, after you get a memory card only 50 dollars difference doesn't sound so bad for at *least* a generational performance increase. But that's just hardware alone, the Vita has exclusive games (if not that many) and big developers dedicated to it. On the third hand (foot?) the bigger appeal of this may be PC streaming, play on the pooper without lugging your rig there.
  • HisDivineOrder - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    The pricing is still too high imo. You can buy great tablets for almost half that. You can attach a USB or bluetooth controller to those tablets, too. The only thing that's truly innovative about Shield is the one thing that should be universal to tablets and other PC's: gaming streaming. nVidia would be wise to NOT take forever (ie., SLI) to make this inter-operable across all kinds of hardware.

    Also, even if I accepted the pricing (and I don't), I'd still have a problem with their statements of games having to be compatible with their streaming. Meaning, they have to go in and ADD support rather than support being default. Meaning, only certain games will work and if they move on from this initiative, then you'll move on from having streaming games.
  • tipoo - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Like the Nexus 7? That would still be on the prior version of Tegra (which is much worse performing) and you would have to buy a controller too, and something for HDMI output, and you'd still not be able to stream your PC games. I'm not saying this is a great idea, but it has its niche.
  • thedarknight87 - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    The PS4 will support streaming of all its games to Vita over both local Wi-Fi as well as remotely via Gaikai, so I guess with a Vita you can play your PS4 games on the go or wherever.
  • cmdrdredd - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    It won't stream to the Vita, games will stream from the cloud to the PS4 itself.
  • thedarknight87 - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    The PS4 comes with Gaikai technology and will itself act as a server and remotely stream games to the PS Vita even when it is not on the same local network as the PS4. The wording of my earlier post was kinda off.
  • piroroadkill - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Pricing is fine, but how is the thing in the hand.. and in the pocket? It looks pretty bulky.

    Then you have the issue that kills the whole thing for a good number of people: it arbitrarily only supports NVIDIA cards.

    It's only sending controller commands and encoding a bloody h.264 stream..
  • psuedonymous - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    "it arbitrarily only supports NVIDIA cards."

    Somewhat justifiably: it relies on a hardware encoder to bring latency low enough for viable streaming. No hardware encoder (of sufficient performance), no streaming. I suspect denying the use of software encoders is mainly to prevent people from trying it on a card with insufficient grunt to encode in real-time and then complaining about the poor quality.

    If AMD can demonstrate a software encoder of similar latency though? Then commence the complaint torrent.
  • Kevin G - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Intel has their QuickSync encoder on desktop/mobile Sandybridge/Ivy Bridge chips (minus Sandybridge-E). That should be more than fast enough.
  • tipoo - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    The encoder would be fast enough, but the GPU? :P

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