Nvidia Reveals Shield Launch Date

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Nvidia’s handheld Android gaming device, the Shield, will be launching onto shelves next week, on June 27. And instead of costing the previously announced price of $349, the company slashed its price down to $299. A price cut before it even hits the stores! That’s gotta be a record.

The reason for the price drop, it seems, is similar to the reasons behind Microsoft’s Xbox One reversal: the fans. Here’s the scoop directly from Nvidia’s blog:

“We’ve heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we’d have a home run.

So we’re changing the price of SHIELD to $299.

If you’ve already pre-ordered SHIELD, you’ll be charged the new, lower price. You will only be charged $299 when the product ships.”

So with a lower price, Android-gaming, and PC-streaming capabilities, the Shield seems like it could be pretty cool. At the same time, even at the “cheaper” price of $300, it’s still quite a costly little device that seems to do a lot of the same stuff other devices already do—except for the PC game streaming, that is. That said, I tried out my brother’s Ouya console the other day, and I was surprised at how cool it seemed. It didn’t blow my mind, but I saw a lot of potential there.

In short, Android-powered gaming consoles might, in fact, wind up being a lot more successful than we can predict. I believe that the Shield could manage to find an audience of happy gamers. Personally, though, if I’m gonna drop three-hundo on a video game system, I may as well put that money toward pre-ordering a PS4. Or buying an Ouya, and a GameStick, and then taking myself out to a fancy dinner.

That’s my thought: what about yours?

[Via Nvidia Blog]

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