Yes, it’s ugly. Sure, many might find it pointless. But now, the Nvidia Shield will be available for $50 cheaper than originally reported. Is that enough to make this device claim its niche in the market?
As Geoff reported last month, the Nvidia Shield is basically an android phone attached to a controller. Through it, you can play all the games you normally might play on your android phone, as well as stream your Steam games through it – assuming your computer is within range. This questionable device will now be available for $299.
The Shield will be available on 27 June, and apparently has gone through extensive market research. Yup, according to Nvidia’s blog,
Rather than being secretive about SHIELD and what it can do, we decided to bring gamers in on the conspiracy, announcing our plan to bring a portable gaming device with console-class controls and a high-def 5-inch screen to market in January at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Since then, we’ve put SHIELD in the hands of thousands of gamers. Some have been professional press. Others have been inside our own company. But most have been people like the tens of thousands who streamed through our booth at PAX East and E3.
They’ve helped us build a better product. Feedback from gamers is why SHIELD’s triggers have the perfect throw length. Why SHIELD’s buttons have just the right amount of give. Why SHIELD’s thumb sticks are so satisfying to flick. Why playing games on SHIELD’s pure Android software feels so slick.
I’m still not sold on this device. Not in the slightest. I don’t care if the trigger and thumb sticks are satisfying – I have other sources of satisfaction that aren’t quite so weird! Does this change of price make you more interested in the slightest?
Last Updated: June 21, 2013