shield1 SHIELD now available for pre order.  Nothing to do with the Avengers

Team NVIDIA has announced that Project SHIELD is no longer just a project and now you can pre-order the thing for your own very shortly.  The open platform device holds a lot of promise, not the least of which being its ability to stream games remotely.   The hardware specs are finalized and we’ve got them below – check it out:

  • Tegra 4 – the world’s fastest mobile processor, Tegra 4 packs 72 custom GPU cores and four Cortex-A15 CPU cores
  • Console-grade controller – dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
  • High Fidelity Audio and Video –5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display and custom bass reflex tuned port audio system
  • Memory and Storage – 2GB RAM, 16GB internal flash storage and microSD storage slot
  • Android Jelly Bean  – the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system
  • And More! 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi , GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, mini-HDMI, micro-USB 2.0 and 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack

The unit also spells a ramp up for NVIDIA’s own TegraZone games, with the system shipping along side five new titles, two of which from uber-dev Double Fine Productions.

  • Broken Age, Double Fine Productions
  • Costume Quest, Double Fine Productions
  • Flyhunter: Origins, Steel Wool Games
  • Skiing Fred, Dedalord Games
  • Chuck’s Challenge 3D, Niffler

The system ships right next month for $349, and you can pick it up from Newegg, Gamestop, Micro Center and Canada Computers.   It’s a whole lot of hardware – it’ll be interesting to see how it shakes out.   To get caught up on all things SHIELD, you can check out their newly-launched blogs below:

Be Among The First To Wield SHIELD: Taking Pre-Orders Now: http://blogs.nvidia.com/2013/05/shield/

5 Cutting-Edge Games That Will Rock SHIELD: http://blogs.nvidia.com/2013/05/5-games-shield/