Just a day before it was scheduled to go on sale, the Nvidia Shield has been delayed. Shipments for the Android-based portable gaming console will now arrive sometime next month, according to a company blog post, due to a “mechanical issue” that was found in the final stages of the device’s testing.
“The issue relates to a third-party mechanical component, and we’re working around the clock with the supplier to get it up to our expectations,” said Nvidia’s Jason Paul. “We apologize to those who have preordered SHIELDs and to all those who are waiting for them to go on sale. But we want every SHIELD to be just right.”
Nvidia wasn’t willing to provide further details on the extent or cause of the delay. The move comes just a week after Nvidia slashed the Shield’s original $350 price tag down to $300.
Whenever the Shield arrives, it’ll feature a 5-inch 720p display attached to an Xbox-style controller, along with the company’s newest Tegra 4 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of memory.
On the software front, the device runs pure Android 4.2.1, letting it access the full Google Play store, as well as Nvidia’s own TegraZone gaming platform. The Shield can also stream PC games locally through services like Steam. More information can be found in TG sister site Brighthand’s hands-on preview from earlier this year.