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Nvidia lowers the price of Shield by $50, out next week

Thursday, 20 June 2013 14:42 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nvidia has lowered the price of its Android-based portable gaming device, Shield, by $50 and has announced a release date.

Now instead of running you $349, it will run you $299 instead.

The firm said it dropped the price due to being told that “if the price was $299, we’d have a home run.”

Those who have already pre-ordered the device will be charged the new, lower price when the product ships.

It’s out June 27.

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22 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    Still it’s a glorified Android gaming device.

    I would really like to see PS Vita x Nvidia Shield kind of handheld. With enough power to play its own games and the versatility of the Android apps.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Lord Gremlin

    Erm, we already have our PS Vitas. Why is this even exists?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. silkvg247

    I don’t know of any decent android games..

    #3 2 years ago
  4. silkvg247

    On the other hand if they release one of these for my steam collection (albeit running at lower settings in many cases) I’d be over that thing like flies on shit.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. zme-ul

    put another 100$ and get a PS4

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Talkar

    @5
    Because that is out next week to coincidently

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Francis O

    @2 “We already have our PS Vita’s”

    - Who is “we” The PS Vita is one of the worst selling mobile devices in the industry. Plenty of people don’t have a PS Vita.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. KineticCalvaria

    @7, I do, and ‘we’ refers to more than one person so therefore Gremlin and me = we.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Talkar

    ^I’ve got one too :P

    #9 2 years ago
  10. CyberMarco

    I want one too! :(

    #10 2 years ago
  11. digitalFatteh

    @4 There is a demo / marketing video out somewhere showing Steam integration don’t know how far ahead of it they are now though.

    [Update] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RT6RJ1p3xA

    #11 2 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    I can think of three reasons as to why this exists.

    1.) It’s an open platform. This means that anyone who can and does develop for the PC will also develop for it, as there are no hoops to jump through. Want to sell your game as an apk on your website? Google is fine with that, completely so. You can’t do that with a Vita.

    2.) It’s way more powerful than the Vita, see for yourself. For those who care about graphical fidelity, the devices (including smartphones) running Tegra4 are going to make the Vita look a bit shit by comparison.

    3.) If you have a semi-decent and recent graphics card, then it’s going to be able to stream games directly from your PC, using PC-level hardware. What I’m saying here is that you’ll be able to play your PC games anywhere within your house. So it doubles as a WiiU-style controller for the PC, except without the caveat of a battery that only lasts about an hour.

    Considering that there are so many mainstream developers who’re already making iOS/Android games but not Vita games, it’s not hard to see what’s happening, here. This is the death knell for the Vita as a high end gaming device. The Shield knocks it off its perch with aplomb, and takes its well deserved crown.

    To be honest? A mobile device, with hardware and software that surpasses the Vita on every level, which is also a mobile platform? That’s very desirable to me.

    Consider this: You might see a port of certain console games which share their modifiable nature with the PC. So you’ll be able to mod them on the Vita whereas you can’t on a console.

    I’ve said this before though but I’ll say it again — I’m not against consoles. I hate elitism. But I’ve often pointed out that there are valid benefits to an open platform. I want consoles to become open platforms so that console users can share in what I take for granted.

    The Nvidia shield is the first step toward that.

    That’s awesome.

    Edit: Note that SKYRIM is confirmed for the Shield. Then consider that this is likely going to be a version of Skyrim that’s every bit as modifiable as its PC cousin. Chew on that for a bit.

    Edit 2: Also, people who think that Android is purely for smartphones are showing their technophobia. Technology is scalable, and Android is scalable up to running on a desktop (which some people do). This could mark a shift from Windows to Android in coming years, which is really damned intriguing to me.

    Consider that if people make scalable games for Android which can run on the latest smartphones all the way up to the PC, it bridges the gap between the two. It means that mods can be developed which can run on smartphones, mobile devices, and PCs. Eventually we’ll see more powerful versions of consoles like the Ouya, and they’ll have the same benefits.

    If you understood what the Shield represented, you’d be as excited as I am. And I’m sorry, but I am REALLY EXCITED.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    @3

    Just to add… there are plenty out there, you just need a Tegra3 to play them. They’re very good at gating so that games that won’t run on your hardware won’t actually show up on the store. There are already some impressive Tegra3 games out there, so I’m psyched for Tegra4.

    And to say it again, if Skyrim isn’t exciting as an Android app to you guys, which no doubt will be modifiable, then what is?!

    (Personally I’m hoping for a release of New Vegas on it. New Vegas with mods on a mobile device? ALL OF MY YES.)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. fearmonkey

    I’m interested in it, except you need a recent Nvidia card to take advantage of it, and I have an Ati 7870 currently.

    I wish Sony would work something out with Valve, so that the PS4 could work as a streaming device for a PC. I realize that will never happen, but its a nice dream.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Christopher Jack

    @TheWulf, It’d be interesting IF game devs actually made decent mobile games, the majority is either trash or quick time wasters.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    @15

    I don’t know if you actually read what I said.

    Let me say it again: Mainstream games in their original form are being released on the Shield. This includes: Portal 2, Left 4 Dead, and even Skyrim.

    Those qualify as “trash” and “quick time-wasters?”

    It saddens me that people don’t understand that technology is scalable. Yes, it’s Android. Yes, it’s something you usually see on a smartphone. Yes, Android can be used as an OS for something more powerful than the 360 and PS3. :I

    This is what’s known as a paradigm shift guys. I wish you’d catch on to them as fast as I could, then you could be excited too.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Christopher Jack

    @16, They aren’t being released on the Shield, they’re being allowed to be streamed on it from your own PC- significant difference. I have apps on my Iconia Tablet that allows me to do that.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. CyberMarco

    @16

    You mean they could run natively on Shield? If so color me interested!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Christopher Jack

    @18, Sadly no, that would get me interested but sadly no :(

    #19 2 years ago
  20. TheWulf

    @17

    That isn’t how I read it. But even still. It’s significantly more powerful than the Vita, regardless. Which means that my point remains valid.

    I mean, if you want to ignore something that just leaves the Vita in its dust, then fine. But if you think that developers aren’t going to get on board with something that’s obviously superior, then you’re wrong. I wouldn’t be surprised if we do see native versions of those games.

    Consider this: There are native versions of PS3 games on the Vita. Then consider this: The Shield is way more powerful than the Vita.

    Figure it out for yourself!

    It’s not hard to see why I believe that mainstream games will be getting released for this, and games that the Vita can’t handle. I invite you to do the research for yourself. A Vita wouldn’t be able to handle something like Skyrim due to limited memory, but this could. Natively.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. CyberMarco

    @20

    I doubt we’ll see any serious gaming on Android anytime soon. Yeah, shield is more powerful than Vita, but e.g. look Peace Walker on PSP and just imagine what games can be achieved on a hardware as the PS Vita. Killzone Mercenaries looks like a PS3 game.

    Android has various drawbacks that don’t make it a viable gaming platform, at least for now.

    http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/06/20/whats-holding-android-gaming-back

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Christopher Jack

    @20, I didn’t say that it couldn’t run better looking games than the PSV but for the most part it won’t, heck few Android games look better than PSP games. @21′s article points out my concerns.

    #22 2 years ago

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    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]