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NVIDIA Project Shield rebranded as NVIDIA SHIELD, has price tag, release date, pre-orders begin May 20

NVIDIA’s Project Shield was announced at CES this January, and now it has a new name, a price tag, and even a release date: in order, that’s the NVIDIA SHIELD, it’s US$349 (around PHP  13,690) and it will be shipping in June.

According to NVIDIA, here are the final specs of SHIELD:

  • Tegra 4 – The world’s fastest mobile processor delivers rich graphics and unbeatable performance thanks to 72 GPU cores, four CPU cores and 2GB of RAM
  • Console-grade controller – Precise control thanks to dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
  • Multi-touch display – 5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display for high-fidelity visuals
  • Integrated speakers – Custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system – we think this is SHIELD’s sleeper feature
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi for game streaming
  • Pure Android Latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, for access to Android games and apps
  • There’s more – We put into SHIELD everything we would want in a premium mobile gaming device: 16 GB memory, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI output, micro-USB 2.0, a microSD storage slot, a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack. See the full spec sheet

Pre-orders will go live on NVIDIA’s website on May 20 on shield.nvidia.com, and if you like Android games (or games in general), SHIELD will be tapping into multiple sources so you can play your favorite games. Games from the Google Play store, TegraZone and the Steam store will all be available on SHIELD. Although it is currently in beta, you can stream games from your PC to SHIELD, although you will need an NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU on your PC in order to avail of this feature.

“These pieces, put together by a company full of gaming fanatics, add up to an amazing new open platform gaming portable. It’s the best way to play Android games. And because it’s an Android device, it works with both Tegra-optimized and regular Android games as well as Android apps,” NVIDIA said on its blog.

Source: NVIDIA Blog