NVIDIA SHIELD Release Date and Price Are June 2013 for $349

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Today Nvidia announced by means of its official blog that the Shield (aka Project Shield) Android-based gaming console is now up for pre-order, with the shipping date being listed as June.

Considering that a couple of days ago we talked about the first AnTuTu benchmark featuring the Shield, we are not really surprised to see that the device can now be pre-ordered. Also, the company has previously stated that the console will be released at some point on the second quarter of 2013.

The Nvidia Shield was announced at CES 2013, and it’s powered by a Tegra 4 processor, runs Android as its operating system and it comes with both a display and a game controller that provides access to three places were the users can download games, namely Google Play, Steam and Nvidia TegraZone, of course. We also have some availability details. The people interested will be able to buy the console from various retail stores such as Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers. As for its, price the company has listed it at $349.

In case you want to be pre-order the Shield, you will be able to do it via the Nvidia official website as of May 20. However, if you are one of the individuals who have registered to receive mode information about the device, you can pre-order it as of today.

For those of you who don’t know, the Nvidia Shield is powered by a Tegra 4 processor, a 72 core GPU, and includes 2GB of RAM. It’s display measures 5-inches and has a 720p resolution. As I said, it comes along with a controller and integrated speakers, which feature various options. Among other features we can name 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 and Android Jelly Bean.