Nvidia Shield gets price drop, release date

New portable launching June 27 for $300; company believes new price makes device a "home run."

The upcoming portable gaming device Nvidia Shield will launch June 27 for $300, the company announced today. Previously, the portable was slated to be released for $350.

"We've heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we'd have a home run," project manager Jason Paul said in a statement. "So we're changing the price of Shield to $299."

Those who already preordered an Nvidia Shield will be charged the new, lower price when the product ships.

"We want to get Shield into the hands of as many gamers as possible," Paul added.

It will be available through Nvidia's website, as well as at Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center, and Canada Computers.

By comparison, the Nintendo 3DS sells for $200, while the PlayStation Vita begins at $250.

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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Change_MyShorts
Change_MyShorts

If this thing could download and install PC games...GREAT. Unfortunately, streaming requires a gaming rig which I could just go ahead and play on, so..... this thing is a bust in my eyes.

pso2love
pso2love

If this was something similar to the razer project fiona, allowing you to play PC games instead of streaming them, then I would be impressed. We don't need another tegra gaming device. We have plenty of those around already, including the ouya.

timdogg42069
timdogg42069

I'd buy it if I could play ps3 and ps4 games on it

telaros
telaros

I wasn't sold on the games. And from what I hear it had issues running Sonic Ep 2 a lot. Already have a 3DS and PC. PS3 and 360. I see no need to buy this Shield at all... looks so tacky and honestly a lot of phones already play the games they have just fine.

If you want to impress me, tell me I can play Saints Row 5 and Metro Last Light as they were meant to be played. No? Well I'll stick with my Galaxy S3 and PC then.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Is this thing even viable as a portable device?

the_big_doggg
the_big_doggg

If you are close enough to an internet connection to stream you are probably close enough to a PC to just use that instead, so what is the point of this?

firebert5
firebert5

Wait, does this thing require constant connectivity? Wasn't that the whole issue with the XBox One?

bloody_roar_fan
bloody_roar_fan

New portable launching June 27 for $300; company believes new price makes device a "home run."

Lol really???

With the launch of xbone and PS4 for 399 and 499, you think this will sell like cake???

It's gona be more like a "run away home"!!!!!

iAmristar
iAmristar

It should have been $150. It's not only a "home run" but a "bullseye" as well. 

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

I have not own a handheld gaming device since GBA, I dont plan on it either

lingo56
lingo56

The way I could see this working is if it worked with 3G or 4G. Then I think it would serve perpose as you could be at school on the bus or even in the middle of the woods and still have you skyrim or tf2 with you. Even if it's still kind of an odd idea but I see it picking up over time.

lingo56
lingo56

Would get but..... I'm not willing to upgrade my GPU AND get this at the same time.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Well whenever I get a better job (which is HOPEFULLY very soon) I'll try to get one.  Sounds like fun.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

i'm getting the other things (gamestick, ouya, oton, steambox)

Hoaph
Hoaph

If I were lucky enough to have a high-end NVidia graphics card, why would I want sit on my couch playing on a small, low-resolution screen?  The PC aspect is Wi-Fi limited, so it's not like I could play Skyrim on the plane/train/bus/roadtrip. 

The only situation I can think where this might be beneficial is if you had a high-end PC shared between multiple people...a family gaming PC perhaps.  If kids could stream batman or skyrim to this while you used the PC, it might find a niche...but I just can't see this one succeeding.  Not when you can get a 360 for much less than $299

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

It seems like an ok idea. Not sure if there is a market.

"We've heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we'd have a home run," project manager Jason Paul said in a statement. "So we're changing the price of Shield to $299."

Translation: Holy Crap no ones preodering this thing, what do we do.

Kulcan
Kulcan

$250 sounds like a good deal for me . $300 nop ....

hadlee73
hadlee73

"We've heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we'd have a home run". First thing that popped into my head was a baseball player smacking a Shield into the stands with his bat.

RS13
RS13

I don't understand the hate.  It can stream games from your PC.  That means it's library of games is in the thousands.  Even if it could only play games made before the middle of the last decade, that gives it a huge number of great games.  And it will play more games than that.

Johny_47
Johny_47

Looks like a lovely bit of kit but I barely have enough for a standard PSvita right now. And the only problem is you can't use a keyboard and mouse =P


For strategy and first person shooters I mean.

omar_q
omar_q

They really should have learned from the Wii U. 

Slapping a screen on a controller is a huge fail. 

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

Nvidia Shield will shake up the console industry and destroy PC gaming.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

I still don't know what this is, and I'm a lot more knowledgable than the casual gamer.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

Ouya is still $100, offers a stable console with a well-designed controller, a decent amount of horsepower behind the hardware, and a dev kit included with every console for any aspiring developer to utilize. The only advantage this thing has over Ouya is it's a handheld, but that will only get them so far in a market so dominated by Mobile Phones and tablets.

RS13
RS13

@timdogg42069 Most PS3 and PS4 games will be on PC.  And hopefully you'll be able to stream your full steam library from it.  So, basically, you can.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@firebert5 Only when playing PC games.  It plays Tegrazone and Google Play games (as well as any other Android game) no problem on its own.  PLUS it'd be great for emulating games and old game systems on (N64 I'm looking at you).

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

@bloody_roar_fan plus it only runs android games and only live streams games from your PC so in other words, even PS Vita is better than this.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@lingo56 You seriously think you would be able to stream a full game on 3G and 4G? Both of those struggle with standard youtube videos on a regular day.

tionmedon
tionmedon

@Hoaph my PC has WIFI,BLUETOOTH,AND BLURAY..............fap it.and a  awesome 690gtx.........

Valcrist08
Valcrist08

@Hoaph the same thing can be said too all this mobile crap. Why the hell would people rather sit on there pos phone and play stupid games rather then play a game on a PC or a console.  its stupid

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@RS13 And because of its power it would be great for emulating games like N64, SNES, Genesis and so on too.

Hoaph
Hoaph

@RS13 According to their website, it streams "supported" games, and the PC-streaming aspect is still listed as being in BETA.  In fact, their website lists exactly six games right now...not thousands...I think if it COULD stream any and every PC game we would have heard about it already.  It's also limited to Wi-Fi...so all those PC games that you have...in your home...still have to be played...in your home. 

silvergol
silvergol

@RS13 just PC Games, This device should have games exclusives,no just steam!.

Change_MyShorts
Change_MyShorts

@omar_q

Slapping a screen on a controller is a huge fail. ??????

Thats what a handheld is dumbo!!!

da_chub
da_chub

Sorry, but any handheld is a screen and controller. A wii u just has the added feature of playing games on both screens. Which if you haven't played cod or Mario both ways, and gave t tried zombiu...you have no right to say anything about wii u.

It's a great console, just lacking in Nintendo games and graphic power. 1 of which will be solved soon....the other j just don't think Nintendo will ever really care to make a true powerhouse of a console....and I don't think that will ever really bother me, with a decent pc who needs a console?

RS13
RS13

@omar_q OMG, will people stop comparing this to consoles.  On a console, slapping a screen on a controller is a gimmick.  On a handheld, it's the definition.  There are exactly 0 handhelds that aren't screens on controllers.

RS13
RS13

@liandrikonflict Um, no.  The shield is a part of PC gaming.  I'm buying one so I can have my PC games on the go.  It makes PC gaming more attractive than ever.

RS13
RS13

@istuffedsunny It's a game-centric handheld PC with a controller attached.  Think of it like a handheld steambox.  Or a soupped-up iphone that runs steam.  Or a mini-laptop that swapped a keyboard and mouse for a gamepad.

RS13
RS13

@DarkReign2552 What?  Why are you comparing the ouya to this?  The ouya's appeal is indie games.  The Shield's appeal is more mainstream gaming on the go.  Geeze, I must sound like such a fanboy replying to all these comments, but the ouya just isn't a competitor to the shield.  At least, it's not any more of a competitor than Xb1, PS4 or wii u are.

KadeStorm
KadeStorm

@RS13 @timdogg42069 From what was shown in the preliminary goings, pretty much every thing on the PC--game wise--could be streamed; there's simply a special interface for those using Steam that makes the process more streamlined.

Hoaph
Hoaph

@Valcrist08 @Hoaph I wouldn't necessarily write off all mobile gaming just because of one flawed device.  Nintendo (and, to a certain extent, Apple & Sony) have shown that there is a place for mobile gaming, even if it provides a somewhat different experience from PC & console gaming. Millions of DS owners can't be wrong, right?

The problem is that NVidia is trying to tout this as a mobile gaming device that plays complex, modern games.  The reality is that it can, but only when connected over WiFi to a powerful PC...which, in my opinion, pretty much negates the "mobile" nature of the device...making it essentially a very expensive controller paired to a teeny-tiny monitor.  And yes, I know it plays Android games too (but that's why we have smartphones, right?). 

RS13
RS13

@liandrikonflict Also, I don't see what affect it will have on the Xb1, PS4 or even the Wii U.  The Vita and 3DS might have something to fear (we'll see), but nobody's buying this instead of a regular console.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

@RS13 @DarkReign2552 the nVidia Shield is an Android-based device that focus on TegraZone, Google Play, and Steam. This devices is no less "Indie-based" than the Ouya will be. Steam might enable it to play a handful of more mainstream games, but the hardware limitations and controller-based input will hamper the overall capabilities of this device.

RS13
RS13

@Gulski @DarkReign2552 @RS13 But . . . why?  If I have a (presumably stationary) ouya, and I have a (presumably stationary) PC, why would I want to play one from the other?  Even if they're in different rooms, that's hardly a game changing feature.  Now, if (for example) android phones are powerful enough to stream PC games then that would be eliminate the need for the shield and be awesome in its own right.  I doubt android phones can do that, but maybe I'm wrong.

Gulski
Gulski

@DarkReign2552 @RS13 Some guy created a program called Kainy that streams PC games to android devices just like the Shield does but cheaper and he just submitted a version of it to Ouya.

RS13
RS13

@DarkReign2552 @RS13 How's steam indie?  Steam's every.  Besides, if things go according to plan, it will be able to stream games from your PC eventually.  (This feature will be beta at launch).

The controller could be a bit of a drawback, but almost every game will play with a controller.  And if I heard correctly (please correct me if I'm wrong) it'll have a middle of the pack GTX 600-series card.  A 650 meets the reccomended specs for Crysis 3, so there shouldn't be too much trouble playing most games, even if you have to tone them down from max.