Boys and girls, the Nvidia Shield is almost here! The unique Android gaming handheld has been up for pre-order since the 17th of May and is expected to ship starting in June. With the console’s launch imminent, Nvidia took to its blog to talk about what was involved in getting the Shield ready for its commercial phase.
While interesting and worth a read, the more exciting news is that the company has released a new video, which further highlights the final hardware and gives us a look at what to expect when the Shield arrives.
According to Nvidia, the handheld will come with the full versions of two preloaded games that are optimized for the Shield and for Tegra 4, Sonic 4: Episode 2 and Expendable Rearmed. You can also expect the PC Game Streaming service to be available from day one, though it will be in beta form.
For those that need a reminder on the specs, the Nvidia Shield is powered by a Tegra 4 processor and includes 2GB of RAM. There is 16GB internal memory, microSD and Android Jelly Bean. The display is 5-inches and comes in a 720p resolution.
At $349, the Nvidia might be more expensive than dedicated handheld consoles like the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PS Vita, but it also has the full power of tons of Android apps, a 5-inch display, easily hooks up to your big screen TV and has a lot of potential when it comes to game streaming.
What do you think of the Nvidia Shield, excited or not?