Nvidia Shield Opens Up For Pre-Orders Ahead Of Schedule, Costs $349

The Nvidia Shield was suppose to open up for pre-orders in three days; instead, the company launched the pre-order option ahead of schedule for anxious customers.

Consumers interested in purchasing the handheld gaming system can purchase the device via the Nvidia website and through several retailers that include Newegg, Gamestop, and Canada Computer.

The Tegra 4-powered Android gaming system features a quad-core processor alongside 2GB of RAM. The Nvidia Shield also provides users with a five-inch multi-touch flip-up display that outputs 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution.

The handheld system also provides gamers with a 16GB hard drive that can be expanded with a microSD card slot.

Connectivity options include Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, and Wi-Fi with 2×2 Mimo support.

Unlike most gaming systems which integrate a display next to a set of controls that wrap around the screen, the Nvidia Shield provides dual analog joysticks, a directional pad, analog triggers, shoulder bumpers, and various other game-related buttons.

Thanks to Nvidia’s know-how with graphical interfaces, the Shield also features the ability to wirelessly stream game footage from a computer.

The handheld console can relay back button presses and inputs from its microUSB 2.0 port to the computer. The device can also relay footage to a standard TV via a built-in mini HDMI output connector.

The Nvidia Shield is expected to ship by the end of June and comes with a price tag of $349. Customers will receive two full games at no charge. Other games can be purchased directly from the device.

Will you be picking up the Nvidia Shield on pre-order or when it arrives at retail locations?