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NVIDIA Shield to begin shipping on July 31st

Handheld gaming console finally set to begin shipping at the end of this month.

The last we'd heard NVIDIA's Shield console had been delayed due to a third-party mechanical error, causing it to miss its original June 27th launch. At that time, NVIDIA promised units would ship within July and they appear to have technically fulfilled their word.

According to an email sent out to customers who pre-ordered the device, the Shield will begin shipping in 10 days, on the 31st of July. The letter apologized to customer's for the delay, while explaining that "rigorous mechanical testing" and "quality assurance standards" were the culprits.

First introduced at CES in January, the Tegra 4-powered Shield is NVIDIA's first foray into the console market. The company has had high hopes for the device, and ended up slashing $50 off the tag due to grumblings over the cost. Of course, the delay likely ended up wiping out much of that good will, and we'll have to see what response the Shield eventually receives.


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-07-22 (Update: 2013-07-22)