Since it as first announced, I’ve thought that Nvidia’s foray in to handheld gaming, The Shield, is dumb. Essentially an android phone (sans the actual phone bits) duct-taped to a controller, the Shield will allow you to not only play android games, but your own PC games streamed to its tiny screen. As a device it is, as far as I’m concerned, wholly pointless bordering on ludicrous – and now it’s got a price to match.
Nvidia has announced that the Tegra 4 –powered The Shield portable gaming system will be released in June – and will cost $359. That’s more than a PlayStation Vita; more than an Xbox 360; more than a PlayStation 3 and more than a brand new Wii U – to play the same games you can play on your cell phone right now.
Oh, but what about that remote play of your own Steam library? that’s got to make it worthwhile right? that depends on you. For starters, you have to be within range of your PC, because it works on an ad-hoc Wifi connection – plus you’ll need at minimum a Kepler-based GeForce GTX 650 to support the feature. It does have another feature that’s pretty cool; it’ll allow you to beam games from your Steam PC to your TV without having to lug your hardware around – but I’m not sure even that makes it worth $359.
What do you think? It’s actually cheaper than I had expected – but it’s still too damned expensive, and too niche a product to really take off. Are you on board to buy a Shield?
Last Updated: May 15, 2013