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Nvidia cuts price of Shield to $299, confirms June 27th launch date

updated 10:03 am EDT, Thu June 20, 2013

Price cut lowers $349 hand-held game system by $50

Nvidia has dropped the price of its hand-held gaming system by $50 ahead of its June 27th release date, following requests from gamers. The Shield will now cost $299 at launch instead of the $349 price tag, with the GPU producer amending the price for those who pre-ordered the Android-based device which can stream games from a PC over a local network.

The company blog claims that it has "heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we'd have a home run. So we're changing the price of Shield to $299." Despite the price cut, it still works out to be relatively expensive compared to similar devices, with the Ouya costing $99, the Wikipad going for $249, and Mad Catz's Project M.O.J.O. aiming for the $100 mark, not to mention the various Android tablets already on sale.

Powering the Shield is a quad-core Tegra 4 processor with 2GB of RAM, with a five-inch 720p flip-up display and 16GB of storage. Shaped like a game controller and with similar controls, it is able to wirelessly stream video from a computer equipped with an Nvidia GeForce graphics card, with inputs from the controller being relayed back to the source. It can also play Android games without needing to stream.

by MacNN Staff



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