Back at CES in January, NVIDIA introduced us to Project Shield. It has now dropped the “project” from the name and is just Shield. Basically it’s a portable gaming device. Think Playstation Vita, or Nintendo 3DS, but on Android. The NVIDIA Shield runs on Android 4.2 and the Tegra 4 chip. It’ll be one of the first devices to get released running the new Tegra 4 CPU, but not the only device running it. Shield can also run your Steam games and do so much more. It’s kinda like a personal media center that fits in your pocket. It also has a 5-inch 1280×720 resolution IPS display along with 2GB of RAM. So it’s definitely not shabby on the specs.
The Shield will be about $350 and appears to be Wi-Fi only. Even though it has visited the FCC, that doesn’t mean it’ll have HSPA+ or LTE support. As a Wi-Fi device it still needs to have a chat with the FCC. Shield is already available for pre-order and should begin shipping in June.
I’m not to sure how Shield will do as a portable gaming device, as most people want an all in one. And not to have to carry another gadget or device. I most often game on my phone or tablet so I don’t have to take another device with me, or charge another device. Then again, I’m not a huge gamer either. I’m still interested in the Shield, but selling at $350 and nearly 6 months after the initial announcement, I’m just not sure it’s going to sell like hotcakes.
How many of you are going to pick up the Shield, or have already pre-ordered it? I’m interested to see what your thoughts are on it. Let us know in the comments below if you’re going to pick one up.