Nvidia Shield Release Date Delayed Until July


Gamers eagerly waiting to get their hands on Nvidia’s Shield device will have to wait a little longer. The Android-powered portable console was scheduled to launch this week, but the company has decided to push the release date back to July due to a hardware problem.

“During our final QA process, we discovered a mechanical issue that relates to a third part component,” Nvidia said in a statement. “We want every Shield to be perfect, so we have elected to shift the launch date to July.”

The company hasn’t specified an exact launch date at this time, but preorders have been available since May. The delay comes just after Nvidia dropped the Shield’s price by $50 from $349 to $299, which is still more expensive than the Sony PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

Nvidia has made numerous tweaks and alterations to the Shield since it debuted at this year’s CES in January. The device, which comes with a 5-inch 720p multi-touch display and Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor, now features an improved directional pad and depressed joysticks to create a more natural feel. The company hasn’t detailed any additional changes we can expect to see in the Shield before it launches next month, but Nvidia says it will provide an update on its availability soon. 

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for Laptopmag.com since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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