A couple weeks back, NVIDIA made with the details of how its Shield Android gaming handset would arrive. The system will ship next month, and pre-orders are already open, letting you secure one of the $350 devices. It sure looks like everything’s going smoothly with preparing for Shield’s retail availability, as we just saw the handheld console pick up its FCC certification.
Don’t let that FCC business confuse you – even without cellular data connectivity, Shield still needs to stop by the FCC in order to clear its WiFi operation.
We’re excited to see Shield finally arrive for a number of reasons. The focus on touch and motion-based controls have been huge limitations when it comes to smartphone gaming, and despite attempts from the likes of Sony to stir-up interest in Android with proper hardware controls, the idea has yet to rise to popularity.
Maybe even more than seeing how this all-in-one setup might help change that, we’re interested in getting the chance to put a Tegra 4 device through its paces. NVIDIA has lost a tremendous amount of steam in the mobile world, and it desperately needs to show that the Tegra 4 is a chip worth using.