NVIDIA's portable gaming and entertainment device SHIELD will make its debut this week. SHIELD will go on sale for $299 worldwide on June 27th.
The device was originally going to be sold for $350. However, NVIDIA announced a price cut a few days ago based on feedback from gamers.
"We’ve heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we’d have a home run," NVIDIA said in a blog post. "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."
"We want to get SHIELD into the hands of as many gamers as possible."
SHIELD designed for gaming on the go. The device is composed of a console-style controller with a multi-touch display attached to the top. It also features built-in speakers and headphone ports.
If you own a gaming PC, you can stream games to your device via Wi-Fi. They're not just talking about puzzle games, either. Featured games on the SHIELD website include Dishonored, Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City. It should be noted, though, that this streaming feature is currently in beta.
SHIELD is also a functioning Android device. It's loaded with the latest version of the Jelly Bean operating system so you can run Android games or apps. It comes pre-loaded with Sonic 4 Episode II THD and Expendable: Rearmed. The wireless capability of the device allows you to download additional software.
The device seems like it's designed for people who like portable gaming but hate being limited to touchscreen controls. That sums me up pretty well but I don't think I'd spend $300 on it. It's more than I'd want to pay for something that feels more like a cool gadget than a regular gaming option. Especially considering the fact that I'll have to buy a new console this fall. If I'm at home, I'll play on my PC or console rather than the SHIELD. If I'm on the go, I'll play on the smartphone I have to carry anyway. SHIELD is trying to chart out the middle ground between home and portable but it also seems like it's trapped between those two types of devices.