In a blog post, NVIDIA on Tuesday announced that pre-orders for SHIELD – previously known as Project SHIELD – is available for pre-order, with shipping set for June.
We can’t say we’re totally surprised to see the announcement considering that only a few days ago the first AnTuTu benchmarks for the console have been sighted, not to mention that NVIDIA always said the product will be commercially available at some point in the second quarter of the year.
The device, unveiled at CES 2013, is a Tegra 4-based Android-running gaming console that features both a screen and a controller and offers access to three game stores including NVIDIA TegraZone, Google Play and Steam. SHIELD costs $349 and will be available from various retailers including Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers.
The company will take pre-orders from the general public on its website – at shield.nvidia.com – starting with May 20, while those of you that have registered to receive mode information about the product will be able to pre-order starting today.
In case you need a reminder of SHIELD’s specs, here’s what the product will have to offer:
- Tegra 4 – The world’s fastest mobile processor delivers rich graphics and unbeatable performance thanks to 72 GPU cores, four CPU cores and 2GB of RAM
- Console-grade controller – Precise control thanks to dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
- Multi-touch display – 5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display for high-fidelity visuals
- Integrated speakers – Custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system – we think this is SHIELD’s sleeper feature
- Wi-Fi – 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi for game streaming
- Pure Android – Latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, for access to Android games and apps
- There’s more – We put into SHIELD everything we would want in a premium mobile gaming device: 16 GB memory, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI output, micro-USB 2.0, a microSD storage slot, a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack. See the full spec sheet, here.
Furthermore, here are our videos from NVIDIA’s CES 2013 Project SHIELD event:
Are you buying SHIELD or are you interested in other Android-based gaming consoles?