This afternoon NVIDIA announced that their next-gen Tegra 4 powered Android gaming console, the NVIDIA SHIELD, will officially be released and start shipping on July 31st. After set to launch near the end of June, the company delayed their gaming device an entire month to make it perfect, and now it will finally hit shelves at the end of the month.
Starting on the 31st those who pre-ordered will begin getting shipping notices and tracking information, and gamers will be able to buy their own in just over a week from now when it arrives for all. Gamestop and other locations will have them available, not to mention Newegg, and if you haven't pre-ordered you might want to grab one.
SHIELD, for those who aren't familiar, is an Xbox-style game controller with an attached 5-inch 720p HD display all with a full-out game console built inside. Rocking NVIDIA's powerhouse quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, microSD support, micro HDMI-out to stream to TV's and more. Oh, and it plays Steam games for a full gaming experience across the board. Here's what NVIDIA had to say this afternoon:
We want to thank you for your patience and for sticking with us through the shipment delay of your SHIELD. We have great news to share with you - your SHIELD will ship on July 31st.
Our goal has always been to ship the perfect product, so we made sure we submitted SHIELD to the most rigorous mechanical testing and quality assurance standards in the industry. We built SHIELD because we love playing games, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do."
After a random 3rd party mechanical part didn't meet their extremely high quality control, they issued a slight delay and are now right on track to deliver this gaming experience running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for everyone. NVIDIA lowered the price from $349 to $299 to reach a wider audience, and if you haven't seen it check out our SHIELD hands-on coverage. Who's buying?