Nvidia has revealed that it will begin shipping its Shield gaming handheld on July 31. The company made the announcement on its website and in an email to orderers earlier today, writing, “We want to thank you for your patience and for sticking with us through the shipment delay of your SHIELD. We have great news to share with you – your SHIELD will ship on July 31st.”
As noted in the email, the announcement comes about a month after Nvidia delayed shipments of the Shield from its previous launch date of June 27. Nvidia then attributed the delay to an unspecified “mechanical issue” related to a \”third-party component,\” noting that it would get the device out the door by the end of July. The company wasn’t willing to clarify what the issue was to TechnologyGuide. The device will still cost $300.
For the uninitiated, the Nvidia Shield looks similar to an Xbox controller with a 5-inch, 720p display attached to it. It runs unadulterated Android 4.2.1 (giving it various multimedia functions), can access games from Nvidia’s TegraZone platform, and can also locally stream select PC games from services like Steam. It runs on the company’s newest Tegra 4 chipset, and sports 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. More details on the Shield can be found at our sister site Brighthand, which went hands-on with an early unit this past March.