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Nvidia opens pre-orders for handheld Shield console three days early

Let the feeding frenzy commence

Nvidia Shield

Nvidia is now taking orders for its Shield handheld gaming console, three days early, though the Android-running Tegra-powered gadget won’t make its way into punters’ hands before the end of next month at the earliest.

Shield, which incorporates a clamshell design to hold a flip-up 5-inch, 1280 x 720 “retinal quality” screen, will set you back $349 (£230), though like Nvidia, the three other online retailers from whom the device will be sold are only willing to sell it to North Americans. There’s also a limit of four units per customer, at least when purchased directly from Nvidia.

Nvidia Shield

However, one of Nvidia’s resale partners is Gamestop, which has a UK presence, so is in a position to ship to Brits if the manufacturer can make sufficient Shields to satisfy US demand.

Each 579g console contains 16GB of flash storage, single-band 2x2 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a GPS pick-up, and all the many buttons and sticks modern console gamers seem to favour. Think of its as an Xbox or PS3 controller with a pop-up display.

There are a pair of speakers and a mic on board, plus a mini-HDMI port if you find the 5-inch screen too small.

Games can be played on the device itself, but Nvidia will also let owners of mighty gaming PCs - those equipped with its own chippery, of course - use the Shield as a remote controller and display. It’ll work with Valve’s Steam service too, making use of the latter’s Big Picture option. You can pre-order the Shield here

Shield goes up against Ouya, the tabletop Android gaming console also based on Nvidia’s Tegra chip, albeit a third-generation part. It’s out on 25 June and will cost $100 (£66) which gets you the console with 8GB of Flash storage and HDMI output, and a controller. ®

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