Nvidia Shield to Launch in June

Nvidia Shield to Launch in June

Nvidia has announced that its little Shield console will be released this June and will cost just under $350. If you fancy preordering one, you'll be able to do so on 20th of this month on Nvidia's official site.

Looking like a Razer designed Xbox controller with a screen attached, the Shield grabbed headlines earlier this year by showing its ability to not only play high-def games itself, but to also accept wirelessly streamed games from a PC, doing what the Wii U can do with its gamepad, but from a standard desktop instead.

While in streaming mode, the Shield will only need to display the video, its internal hardware is beefy enough to play some relatively intensive games on its own - certainly more than the little Android console Ouya, though the price does reflect that.

Internally the Shield packs a Tegra 4 processor which has more than enough meat on its bones to handle Android games: 72 graphics cores, four CPU cores and 2GB of memory. This is combined with a 720p display, but if that's not enough for you, via HDMI cable you can transfer what's on the little screen to your big one in the living room. This means you can stream from your PC to the Shield and display the video up on your TV.

Granted you can do this now, but it would mean having your PC in the living room and how are you going to have your own space away from the womenfolk if you do that?

Other internal hardware includes 16GB of onboard storage, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, mini-HDMI out, micro-USB 2.0 in/out, microSD storage slot and a headphone port.

Cheers VentureBeat.