NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD has moved from idea and prototype into official product form. Simply known as “SHIELD,” this new Android powered gaming device is set to launch next month. It will sell for $349.
Starting May 20th, 2013, interested gamers will be able to pre-order SHIELD directly with NVIDIA by heading to shield.nvidia.com.
SHIELD will have full access to the Android library of games both on the Google Play marketplace and in NVIDIA’s TegraZone. The PC streaming experience that makes the console especially exciting, however, doesn’t appear to be in full form. Here’s the exact line from NVIDIA’s announcement that ran this morning:
And GeForce game streaming, launching as a beta feature, will give SHIELD the power to access your NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU-powered computer from the comfort of your couch. We’re working on streaming your favorite PC games to SHIELD, including great titles from Steam.
The bit about them “working on streaming” PC games to Shield has me thinking that the feature isn’t quite ready yet.
NVIDIA also announced five games that will sell on the platform. Please note that not all of these titles will be available at launch.
It looks like Double Fine has a special interest in SHIELD as they’re developing both 2010’s Costume Quest and their upcoming Broken Age for the system. The other titles, as seen and labelled in the gallery above, are Chuck’s Challenge, Skiing Fred and Flyhunter: Origins.
What do you think of the price and the five games announced for SHIELD?