Nvidia Shield gets price shave ahead of release, first units shipping June 27
Well, what do you know, there’s someone in the technology business that actually listens to its customers and obliges when people complain about the pricing of certain devices – Nvidia. The Shield Android-based handheld game console will thus go on sale for just $299 instead of the initially announced $349 price.
According to a fresh post on the company’s official blog, “thousands of gamers” complained about what they felt was a slightly too expensive gadget, saying “if the price was $299, we (Nvidia) would have a home run”.
Faced with such feedback, Nvidia obviously chose to go for the home run instead of risking a strikeout. The big game day has also been announced, with the first Shield units set to ship on June 27.
With pre-orders live since mid-May, you might wonder how Nvidia is planning to go about refunding early adopters. Thankfully though, no credit cards have been charged yet, so those of you that have pre-ordered should not worry, as you’ll also get to pay the “new” price.
Now, exactly how attractive is Shield adding in the equation the discount from before the actual release? Definitely more attractive than before, but still fairly easy to pass. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nvidia’s outside of the box thinking, but I just don’t think there’s a wide enough audience for this to become a hit.
The spec sheet is decent and includes stuff like a new Tegra 4 quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, microSD support, close to stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but we all know the state of Android gaming. In short, it’s bad.
True, you can also use this thing to wirelessly stream PC games, but you’ll need a computer with an Nvidia graphics card, plus I’m not so sure playing Assassins Creed 3 on a 720p 5-inch screen is a hardcore gamer’s wet dream. Is it?