Nvidia has been making ripples in the gaming industry. The chip-maker has been pursuing a game console of its own under the ‘Shield‘ branding. Shield is essentially a mix of tablet and a game console, making it a unique offering in the gaming arena. Nvidia has now announced the pricing and launch details of the console.
For all such avid gamers who have been eagerly waiting to lay their hands on Nvidia Shield, the good news are that the console will hit the shelves some time in June. However, in the meanwhile, you can place your pre-orders and patiently wait for the month to arrive.
Pre-orders for Shield will start from today and will be available until May 20th. But the price tag on the console may sound a tad bit pricey to many gamers. Nvidia is pitching the price of the console at $349, making it far more expensive than many quality tablets such as Nexus 7 or even iPad mini.
At the same time, when compared to other contemporary game consoles such as Sony PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS, Shield comes off as very expensive. But it would be unfair to judge Shield against these regular consoles. Nonetheless, the hardware packed under the hood of this device is very impressive.
Nvidia has included its Tegra 4 SoC to power up the device, together with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. The console features a 5-inch 720p display and has all standard ports for connectivity. To top this, the device runs Android 4.2.2 which is certainly a very enticing feature. Finally, what stands Shield apart from all other game consoles is the very real controller that is attached to display itself.