By Vamien McKalin | Jun 27, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
Folks who were hoping to get their hands on the Android-powered handheld gaming console NVIDIA Shield, will be a little disappointed to find out that the device release date has been pushed back slightly. It is, however, probably for the best as NVIDIA wants to launch a device that works as intended without any hiccups, so prospective buyers could view this move as positive.
The Shield was schedule to go on sale come June 27 for the cool price of $299, down from the previous price of $349. According to NVIDIA, the delay has much to do with third party components, though the company did not specify which third party component is causing all this trouble.
"The issue relates to a third-party mechanical component, and we're working around the clock with the supplier to get it up to our expectations. We apologize to those who have preordered SHIELDs and to all those who are waiting for them to go on sale. But we want every SHIELD to be just right. We'll let you know when we have an exact shipping date in July. We think it will be worth the wait," NVIDIA said in its blog.
While NVIDIA did say July is the new release date, it did not give a solid date. So no one knows if it is either early or late July. NVIDIA would want to make sure that it gets it right with the Shield, since many PC gamers are hoping to get their hands on it, especially after the price drop that made it more enticing for users on a budget.
The Shield is NVIDIA's first gaming console, and if you were not aware, the device is based on Android. The device specs include a 5-inch 720p display, Tegra 4 chipset, two analog stick, D-pad, MicroSD card slot, HDMI, and Wi-Fi. There's no 3G here, but from the looks of the device, it doesn't seem to need 3G as it doesn't appear as if many users would carry the Shield outside of their homes due to the size. In addition, users should get anywhere between 5-10 hours of battery life, which all depends on what is done with the Shield.
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