NVIDIA Shield Ships June 20th, Pre-Order Now

Nvidia has revealed that Project Shield is dropping the “project” from it’s name. Simply known as Shield from here on out, the Tegra 4-powered Android gaming unit is now available for pre-order to those who signed up on Nvidia’s official page. The rest of the world can place a pre-order on May 20th in preparation for a June 20th release.

For those of you haven’t been keeping up this interesting gaming portable, the Shield packs some pretty impressive features, including a console style gamepad and more. Here are the official details:

Tegra 4 – The world’s fastest mobile processor delivers rich graphics and unbeatable performance thanks to 72 GPU cores, four CPU cores and 2GB of RAM

Console-grade controller – Precise control thanks to dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons

Multi-touch display – 5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display for high-fidelity visuals

Integrated speakers – Custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system – we think this is SHIELD’s sleeper feature

Wi-Fi – 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi for game streaming

Pure Android – Latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, for access to Android games and apps

There’s more – We put into SHIELD everything we would want in a premium mobile gaming device: 16 GB memory, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI output, micro-USB 2.0, a microSD storage slot, a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack.

On top of all the Android gaming goodness, the Shield will also take advantage of a users’ Nvidia GeForce GTX CPU powered PC, streaming PC and some Steam games right to the portable via GeForce Game Streaming, which Nvidia is quick to point out is still in beta.

Nvidia also revealed a few new games coming to the Shield portable, including “Costme Quest” and “Broken Age” from Double Fine Poductions, “Flyhunter: Origins” from Steel Wool Games, “Skiing Fred” from Dedalord Games, and “Chuck’s Challenge 3D” from Niffler.

Shield will be available from Gamestop, Newegg, Micro Center and Canada Computer for $349 in June.

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