NVIDIA made quite a stir at CES this last January with the announcement of what they called “Project Shield”, a new gaming device powered by Android. Well, now it seems they’re dropping the “project” status, as NVIDIA has announced that prospective gamers can preorder their device starting May 20th for $349.
From what we see, official preorders will start on that date – however, for those eager to get their grubby paws on a preorder slot, they can head to NVIDIA’s site to sign up for email updates for NVIDIA about Shield using this link. Doing this will be allowed to do their preorder starting today. As mentioned, all preordered units are set to ship in June, which is also when full retail availability will start.
Also, if you use an NVIDIA graphics card in your gaming desktop (GeForce GTX 650 or higher) you’ll also be streaming titles using Steam. The device itself will come preloaded with Sonic 4 Episode II, and Expendable: Rearmed. In the Play Sotre, you’ll see Dead Trigger and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. In addition, NVIDIA has five new titles set to go for Shield: Broken Age and Costume Quest from Double Fine,Flyhunter: Origins from Steel Wool Games, Skiing Fred from Dedalord Games and Chuck’s Challengefrom Niffler.
If you’re wanting to see the device before buying, however, brick and mortar shops like Micro Center, GameStop, and Canada Computers will be on board for launch day. As far as online buying when the time comes, you’ll be looking at NVIDIA’s official site, as well as Newegg.