Nvidia Shield delayed on eve of release

Gaming portable's release delayed to July due to mechanical issue discovered in last-minute quality assurance testing.

Portable gaming device Nvidia Shield has been delayed into July, one day before it was scheduled to launch.

Explaining the delay, project manager Jason Paul said a mechanical issue was detected during last-minute quality assurance testing.

"The issue relates to a third-party mechanical component, and we're working around the clock with the supplier to get it up to our expectations," Paul said.

"We apologize to those who have preordered Shields and to all those who are waiting for them to go on sale. But we want every Shield to be just right," he added.

Just last week, Nvidia announced that the Shield would launch June 27 for $300, a $50 markdown from the portable's previously announced $350 price tag.

Paul said at the time that the new price point will make the device a "home run."

The Nvidia Shield gives gamers access to an array of gaming avenues, including Nvidia TegraZone, Google Play, and Steam. The system runs on the Tegra 4 processor and boasts 16GB of memory, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI output, a microSD storage slot, and a headphone jack.

The device also features a five-inch, 720p multi-touch display. For more on the Nvidia Shield, check out GameSpot's preview of the device from the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.

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Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Dear 1998

Please tell Nvidia that handhelds don't belong in 2013.  Only 12 year olds and Japanese commuters still use them today.

Thank you

Signed

Everyone.


Wattsburg0
Wattsburg0

I dont see this doing that well.  At home people game with the PC, Xbox, PS, or Nintendo on the road 20 years old and up are driving or using their phone to kill time if they are waiting on something.  If they want to break into gaming I think they should have thought about something that was more like PS or Xbox.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

Yet another third party ruining something.. 

Look what happened to the HTC One; hope the Shield doesn't suffer the same fate.

spindie
spindie

Just going to be another flop.. When are these companies going to realize that devices like these are just not practical? We all already own phones that we basically NEED for every day use, so naturally people are just going to take the path of least resistance and only choose one device.. No way could a device like this ever go mainstream, the only hands it will fall into are 9-12 year olds who's parents buy them anything

WTF1555
WTF1555

PSvita seems much better than Shield.

hrst1
hrst1

It seems much more worth the money than the PSV, that's for sure.

Proftally
Proftally

part of me thinks this has to do with OUYA release shadowing Nvidia

Mechanical issue, yeah right

blitxxx1981
blitxxx1981

Remember the iPad 1, iphone 1, the first Droid OS?

The Tegra 4 chip is going to get outdated as quick as Nvidia usually outdates their video cards :(

That being, and the requirement of one of the top of the line Nvidia GFX cards to run it, I think it should be $200

blackothh
blackothh

and thats where the 50$ went lol

WICGuardian
WICGuardian

PS3 and Nvidia was such a beautiful realationship

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

There is just no reason to buy this.. expensive, even after the $50 price drop and now they found issues just before release... no thanks.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

If I could stream games with any graphics card and it could access OnLive I might consider something like this but it's to restrictive.

Diluted_NZ
Diluted_NZ

If I bought a Shield I wouldn't even bother using it for portable gaming.  This would save me having to take my computer into my living room if I wanted to play on a bigger screen, since I could just hook it up to my HDTV and stream from my PC.

It's got HDMI output, and a USB port (which I hope manufacturers will make hubs for) so perhaps you could use it with a tv and a proper controller.  Or a mouse and keyboard. 

What I'd really like to see would be the ability to have LAN style functionality, so you could play a game on your main computer, and someone else could play the same game on the Shield.  

Instead of spending money on 2 computers, if you wanted to play local co-op, you could invest in one powerful system and use the Shield as the second one.  

That's the only way I can see it being worth purchasing; I can't see the purpose in paying to play on a smaller screen when you might as well be using your main PC...

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

Am I right in thinking you can only play this in doors, like close to your PC sort of thing?

wexorian
wexorian

I'l Wait For AMD sword then i'l buy shield

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

Nvidia Shielders...the New Master race...PC fades into obscurity....

soulless4now
soulless4now

So, did anyone else forget this thing existed until this week?

Nevernudeftw
Nevernudeftw

LMFAO who the fuck bought this? A team of Headwound Harry's?

kljohns2
kljohns2

Ohhhh ok I get it now...It's a shield to keep gamers away. Got it.

azell07
azell07

i had one pre ordered.. just take my money nvidia! hurry up

hoon2999
hoon2999

well, as I said, Shield shouldnt be compared to 3DS/PS Vita since its in way different category. I mean yes they do have similar dedicated games market system with Tegra chipset. But is that the main targetting point of Shield? NO

This "gaming device" has its unique functionality that no one else has. AKA first-timer. And it'll open up whole new opportunity for game streamings to get bigger. Think of how one smartphone(iPhone) lead us in 6 years. Almost everyone has smartphones and its getting smarter. And I have same faith on this project. why? The powers of mobile chipset are very limited due to the size/compact. With the speed of technology improvements, we are still far away to see Farcry3 engine graphics on our smartphones. But with this game streaming, its like a shortcut. It might sound useless because of small screen size but what the heck. Would you like to play a game on your smartphone that has PvZ graphic or Farcry3 engine graphics. Answer is obvious.

Also I only play PC games. Because of its unlimited sources and most importantly mouse&keyboard. But some games dont necessarily need accurate controls. Such as Sims, Simcity, Racing games(actually better with controller), etc. I have duel 680s and 3 monitors for surroundings. But sometimes I would like to play games in different environment rather than in front of my desk. And I hate consoles because of their limitations.(although I own PS3)

As someone else mentioned earlier, why criticize the product thats not even released yet. And I feel like console gamers are very active and criticize other brand/products alot since E3.(X1&PS4 announcement) 

Slade968
Slade968

I don't see how this thing is going to sell. It seems like it has a very niche customer base. It streams PC games but only over WiFi so why wouldn't you use your PC instead? Also, it is a controller, and most PC gamers use a PC to play with a keyboard and mouse. It might be good for an RPG or a racing games but then that just goes back to my first reason. I don't get it.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

I thought they had a home run. 

More like a strikeout

8bitgen
8bitgen

@Gravity_Slave Hardly dude. There is far more than DS and 3DS and even then there are adult options. Vita and mobile phones give adults plenty of handheld gaming. So signed everyone ummm no far from it.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@Wattsburg0 

I agree...if NVidia wanted to get up on the gaming industry, they should have tried a console...or atleast merged with one of the two (MS or Sony)

NGage all over again...

antloco
antloco

@WTF1555 Dude its a miniature PC. Which is better then consoles and portable consoles alone. Slap your self. The hardware on it is 10x better then Xbox360 and PSVita alone. Typical console Noobs.

xXl_z3r0_lXx
xXl_z3r0_lXx

@mkeezay22 
>Has android Jelly Bean
>There is an android OnLive Client
It can probably access OnLive

telaros
telaros

@liandrikonflict Once it stops chocking on simple games like Sonic Ep. 2, then maybe we'll talk :P

Saw this delay coming a mile away xD

art_vertex007
art_vertex007

@hoon2999I'll wait until they can stream game through 3G network or any Wifi internet network. Streaming at home is still pointless to me.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@hoon2999 

Well, I would be fine with either PVZ or Far Cry style graphics on a phone, but I see your points and agree.

Streaming high-quality resource-intensive games to a mobile screen could be quite revolutionary.

RS13
RS13

@hoon2999 It's worth mentioning that the streaming will be pretty limited at launch.  Only a few games are available and only on *your* wifi network. 

Still, it's definitely a step in an awesome direction, and since third party apps let you stream over 3G, Nvidia's limitations may not matter.  

I'm watching it closely.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@Slade968 Also it's not going to sell because the media creates a monopoly of sorts. It's like choosing the President. We only get two candidates. No third party, unbiased, true people; we only get the scumbags. Now we don't shed light on other gaming companies, just Nintendo, MS, and Sony. Really, even though I'm sure this has a small audience and fanbase, I'm sure it'd sell much better if there were more articles and awareness of the product. All you see is hating on people actually trying to come up with innovative products unless it's coming from a company everyone loves to hate, then everything seems ok. Tbh, it reminds me of that Joker quote, when everything goes according to a plan, everyone's calm. One company makes a console and everything goes haywire.
(I wonder if that's on the "everyone loses their minds" meme?)

RS13
RS13

@Slade968 Well, it doesn't necessarily need to sell well to turn a profit they just need to sell enough to cover the cost of those they produce and then a few more for pocket money.  They aren't going to outsell nintendo, but I don't think they were ever trying to.

The wifi limit isn't itself bad, but that's its limited to *your* network is a problem.  But there are already programs designed to let you stream from PC to android.  Some (e.g., Kainy are designed specifically for games).  Still, I'd rather use NVidia's own program.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@Slade968 I just don't get why you need the same exact chip on your PC as the sheild to stream a game.... seems rather pointless to me too.

Wattsburg0
Wattsburg0

@Gravity_Slave  They better hope it works out though because i heard they passed on the Graphics cards for all the next gen systems because of this thing.  I hope this is just a thing they made to work with a system they are working on they have not let anoyone know about yet.

silvergol
silvergol

@antloco @WTF1555 Shut up Liar noob! the hardware is not better than Xbox 360 and Vita is even better because have game exclusives and not stream PC demos,free, or Pc games  what all play better on a PC not a Nvidia Shield!.

hoon2999
hoon2999

@RS13 @hoon2999 Yes. That's why I haven't pre order yet. But as soon as they allow all games to be stream, I am ready to buy one.

Also I believe game streaming being limited to wifi network is due to internet speed. High quality streaming, lesser latency will hog up the bandwidth and our current cell network(LTE) wont be able to handle them if there are more than hundreds of people streaming over the cell. But those will be solve by time I guess :)

RS13
RS13

@hoon2999 @RS13 Right, it will probably be difficult to stream Crysis 3 or Metro over 3G, but if I could stream even some of PC games over 3G, that would open up on-the-go gaming even more.  But they'll have my 300 as soon as they say any game'll work on any wifi network.