Earlier this week the team from NVIDIA officially announced their new Project SHIELD gaming device would go up for sale in June. We confirmed on Tuesday morning that SHIELD would be available for pre-order starting on May 20th for $349, but today we have even better news. Thanks to a big demand and social buzz, they’ve moved the date up to today.

All you diehard gamers will be happy to know that NVIDIA and plenty of game developers are extremely excited about the quad-core Tegra 4 powered gaming device. So much in fact, that all their partners have agreed to push up the pre-order date by a few days. Starting today, May 17th, the NVIDIA SHIELD game console is available for reservation from multiple different outlets.

Sadly SHIELD still isn’t quite available yet, and we don’t have an exact date as to when it will ship. NVIDIA confirmed early June was their goal, and things are moving along nicely if they are already moving up the pre-order date. In a blog post this morning, NVIDIA confirmed that Newegg, Gamestop, Canada Computers, and themselves all have opened up pre-orders for buyers today, and Microcenter will join them soon.

“SHIELD is a brand new kind of gaming portable and we’re thrilled to be one of the few retailers who will be carrying it.” – Newegg

In the video above you get a quick look at NVIDIA’s SHIELD gaming device, and we have tons of additional coverage from the timeline below for those interested. This is more than just a gaming device. It’s a full-fledged game-console. Being able to play Android games, and then use NVIDIA’s upcoming Geforce experience for full PC games, including those from Steam, is what makes it quite the product.

For now it remains to be seen just how successful SHIELD will be, but we have a feeling gamers will love it. Having additional time with it here at Google I/O in the final form, it’s quite fun and we think many will enjoy the experience. Get it today from the various partner links provided by NVIDIA for just $349.



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