Nvidia has announced that its ‘Project Shield’ handheld gaming console will officially be called the \”Nvidia Shield\”, and will ship this June for $350. Those who are on the Shield’s mailing list will be able to pre-order the device today, while the general public will be able to do the same on May 20th. Nvidia says that Newegg, GameStop, Canada Computers and Micro Center will be among the retailers who will carry the device.
For those who don’t recall, Nvidia took the wraps off of the Android-based machine at CES this past January. The device sports a 5-inch 720p touchscreen attached to an Xbox-style controller, and will be one of the first devices to be powered by Nvidia’s new Tegra 4 chipset. It runs pure Android 4.2.1, and comes with 16GB of memory, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD slot, mini-HDMI output, GPS and all the other usual specs. It also has the ability to stream PC games locally from services like Steam, and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 and Expendable: Rearmed will come pre-loaded onto each console.
TechnologyGuide has had its doubts about the Shield in the past, specifically with regards to Android’s viability as a gaming platform. Today, though, Nvidia revealed five games that will be coming to the device, including two games from famed developer Double Fine: Costume Quest and Broken Age. Flyhunter: Origins from Steel Wool Games, Skiing Fred from Dedalord Games and Chuck’s Challenge from Niffler were also announced.
For more on the Shield, be sure to check out our sister site Brighthand\’s hands-on preview from PAX East in March.