Tomorrow was supposed to be the day the Nvidia Shield finally launched to retail. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen so soon after all.
Nvidia has now officially confirmed that the device will instead ship sometime in July.
So what gives here? Apparently the company ran into a third-party mechanical component issue and promises they are working around the clock to get things up to snuff.
Here’s part of an official statement from Nvidia’s blog, which further explaining the situation:
We’re grateful for all the enthusiasm that’s been expressed for SHIELD, our new portable gaming device. And we’re eager to get it into your hands. But we won’t do that until it’s fully up to the exacting standards that NVIDIA’s known for. And some final quality-assurance testing has just turned up a mechanical issue that we’re not happy with.
The good news here is that Nvidia is actually takes quality control seriously. The bad news is that a scorned gamer can be quite unforgiving.
While many Nvidia fans will take this delay in stride, there will probably be at least some cancellations, especially with the next-gen home consoles just around the corner.
Still, with a recent price cut to $299 and the ability to play streamed PC games, there will be folks willing to wait just a little bit longer to get their hands on the unique handheld console. It’s also nice to see a company that actually wants to get things right BEFORE their products reach customers.
Nvidia just better make sure that when the Shield does arrive there are absolutely no major flaws, as consumers are likely going to be a heck of a lot less forgiving now that Nvidia has already had to delay the device for Q&A purposes.
What do you think of the Nvidia Shield, interested or not?