Pre-orders open for the Nvidia Sheild
Pre-orders for Nvidia's Shield handheld gaming console opened today. The new device combines a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720 pixel) resolution multi-touch display with a very Xbox-like game controller.
Shield will be one of the first devices to ship with the company's new Tegra 4 1.9GHz processor that boasts 72 GPU cores, 4 CPU cores and 2GB of RAM. The new portable game console will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and offer full access to Google Play games and apps, as well as to NVIDIA TegraZone, and even to Steam. To access Steam, games have to be streamed from a PC that is running a NVIDIA GeForce GTX or better GPU. Shield also supports outputs of up to 3200x2000 resolutions to allow the device to be connected and played on an HDTV. It weighs 579 grams (1.27 Pounds) and measures 158mm x 135mm x 57mm (6.2"x 5.3"x 2.24").
Other features include Wi-Fi – 802.11n 2X2 MIMO, 16 GB internal memory, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI output, a micro-USB 2.0, and a microSD slot.
Shield will be available in Canada and the United states in June for US$349 at Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers. Nvidia said to expect updated versions of the gaming handheld to be released annually.