Nvidia Drops Shield Release Price

Nvidia has announced that its handheld, PC streaming Shield console, will now have a price of $299, down $50 from its initially expected price tag of $349. We also know when it's hitting the shelves too: in just one week's time.

That's right, June 27th is the date and that means if you pre-orderers don't have long to wait.

Incidentally, if you did pre-order at the original $350 price, you will benefit from this price drop as well, as you'll only be charged $300 when it ships.

Will it be worth it though? Who knows at this point. The console marketplace is the most crowded it's been in thirty years, with the Ouya just around the corner, three current gen systems that are still relevant and the Wii and PS2 both still have a massive install base. Then in just a few months we have two more joining the fray, with plans for continued support for their older consoles from Microsoft and Sony.

Then there's all the handhelds... and Nvidia's Shield is competing with them, plus augmenting the PC market.

It's a good time to be a gamer, but god damn is it confusing about where to spend your next few hundred.

Any of you got the Shield on preorder?

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