Nvidia's Android-based portable gaming device known as Shield will be released in June with a US$349 price tag, the company said on Tuesday.
Nvidia Shield, as seen at CES 2013, has gone through a few minor design tweaks since then.
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Pre-orders for Shield — no longer dubbed "Project Shield" — began on Tuesday for those who had signed up to receive Shield updates from Nvidia. The general public can pre-order Shield starting on 20 May.
Nvidia debuted Shield at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013. The portable gaming system comes in the shape of a console gaming controller and includes a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with 1280x720-pixel resolution. The device runs all Google Play apps, and can stream full PC games from high-end Nvidia-based PCs over Wi-Fi.
Specs include a 1.9GHz Tegra 4 processor with 2GB of RAM. The device ships with an unskinned, "pure" version of Android 4.2.1. Nvidia said to expect frequent updates.
It also features 16GB of storage, mini HDMI, micro USB 2.0, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and a microSD card slot for storage expansion. Rounding out the specifications are 802.11n 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, integrated speakers and a headphone jack.