SAN FRANCISCO, USA – Graphics chip star NVIDIA has set a July 31 release date for its Shield handheld gaming and entertainment device powered by Google’s Android software.
The high-performance handheld gadgets are in full production and will begin shipping at the end of this month, Shield director Jason Paul said in a blog post at the Silicon Valley company’s website.
“Last month, we made the difficult decision to delay the launch of Shield due to a mechanical issue we found in our rigorous testing process,” Paul said.
“Since then we have been working non-stop to put Shield through its paces and ensure it meets the highest quality control standards in the industry.”
NVIDIA has priced Shield at $299 and is taking orders online at nvidia.com and newegg.com. NVIDIA unveiled the portable gaming device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early this year.
Shield is powered by what NVIDIA calls “the world’s fastest mobile processor,” the Tegra 4 chip, its features including a multi-touch display and console-grade controls.
Shield’s debut comes as Sony and Microsoft are poised to release new-generation videogame consoles to put them at the heart of home entertainment.
Nintendo released its Wii console successor, the Wii U, late last year.
Shield will enter a gaming landscape being transformed by the booming popularity of free play on smartphones or tablet computers.
Consumers are increasingly squeezing playtime into their day-to-day schedules, according to mobile game industry trackers. – Rappler.com
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