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Nvidia Shield gets a price drop

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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

44 Comments

  1. Trevor Davies

    June 21, 2013 at 09:51

    If I wanted a door stop I’d use a brick, or an updated PS3 trollol

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  2. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 21, 2013 at 09:51

    I really don’t see the point in this …. $299 ….. ludicrous

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  3. Sageville

    June 21, 2013 at 09:53

    Call me when it’s free.

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  4. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    June 21, 2013 at 09:55

    Still too expensive for what it is I reckon.

    Sadly it’s just too niche for me and I don’t fall in to the crowd category that would want it.

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    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      June 21, 2013 at 09:56

      What crowd is that though ?

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 21, 2013 at 10:00

        Gadget lovers. You have people who love collecting all sorts of cool gadgets.

        To them this is perfect and would be epic to have.

        It’s not something I see ending up in mainstream though

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        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          June 21, 2013 at 10:18

          Ture I guess that is very niche indeed, but it’s not an outstanding device really on it’s own, well imo

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 21, 2013 at 10:35

            Agreed. Nothing spectacular at all.

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 21, 2013 at 10:04

        Also people who would buy things like this 😛

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        • Captain Minion TallTwit

          June 21, 2013 at 10:08

          Looks like something that you would find on http://www.thinkgeek.com

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        • Unavengedavo

          June 21, 2013 at 10:10

          This is more useful… At least it has some entertainment value 😛

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        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          June 21, 2013 at 10:17

          DAHELL!!! XD XD

          I really want that ……………………………..

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        • Captain Minion TallTwit

          June 21, 2013 at 10:34

          And buy this.

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 21, 2013 at 10:35

            loooool

  5. Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    June 21, 2013 at 09:57

    SHIELDS ARE DOWN…..move in for the kill 😛

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  6. Jonah Cash

    June 21, 2013 at 10:04

    Below…… Nough said!!!

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    • Jonah Cash

      June 21, 2013 at 10:06

      @hammersteyn:disqus is this your rage costume???? Trollololololololololo

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    • Captain Minion TallTwit

      June 21, 2013 at 10:36

      Force Hug included.

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    • Captain Minion TallTwit

      June 21, 2013 at 10:38

      Full of fail… like this.

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  7. Argentil

    June 21, 2013 at 10:06

    Buy a VITA instead. Remote play is the same as what this… thing offers. Complete mis-step by NVIDIA here.

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    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      June 21, 2013 at 10:33

      Agreed

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  8. Captain Minion TallTwit

    June 21, 2013 at 10:07

    I too am not sold on this concept.

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  9. Brady miaau

    June 21, 2013 at 10:08

    yawn. Why?

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  10. Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

    June 21, 2013 at 10:11

    I played with one at E3 – and it /feels/ great, and the streaming is super smooth. But I just can;t justify it, at all.

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    • Argentil

      June 21, 2013 at 10:14

      Yup. Do you think NVIDIA are going to have tough times in the next few years? I’m sure the Shield cost them a lot in R&D, and it’s guaranteed to underwhelm in sales. Not to mention, all 3 consoles have shifted to AMD architecture, and are pushing PC development in that direction consequently.

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  11. Happy Hamster

    June 21, 2013 at 10:18

    For $299 i can buy this

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      June 21, 2013 at 10:32

      Yes please!

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  12. George

    June 21, 2013 at 10:18

    The price is insane. $299 for this or $399 for a PS4? It really doesn’t make sense.

    Although, I have to admit. I am intrigued by the idea and it would be cool to see what they will be able to do with Shield2. If they can stream my Steam games while not subjected to that limited range, this has the potential to be really cool.

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  13. Macethy

    June 21, 2013 at 10:25

    Maybe it’s just me but asfar as the Nvidia Shield is concerned,

    http://stuffpoint.com/family-guy/image/thumb/41049-family-guy-i-dont-get-it.jpg

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    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      June 21, 2013 at 10:27

      You are not alone at all …..

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  14. Rock789

    June 21, 2013 at 10:37

    Oh, it’s hideous… Make is stop – make it go away!!!!!

    Seriously though, yuck… And no thanks. If I were ever in the market for a mobile gaming device, I’d get me a PSVita. Sorry Nvidia…

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  15. ElimiNathan

    June 21, 2013 at 11:37

    “I have other sources of satisfaction that aren’t quite so weird!” To the gimp mobeel!

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  16. Skyblue

    June 21, 2013 at 12:24

    Very expensive but I disagree with most of the negativity. This is the only device I know of thus far that can stream games from your PC to a handheld and then also on to a large screen. It’s effectively a Wii U controller for PC.

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