NVIDIA to Begin Taking Pre-Orders for Shield

Graphics specialist NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA  ) will begin taking pre-orders for its handheld gaming console Shield on May 20.

Up until now, the company had not detailed pricing or availability. Shield will retail for $349 and ship in June through various retailers such as Micro Center, Canada Computers, Newegg and GameStop (NYSE: GME  ) . Shield packs in a Tegra 4 processor and runs Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Android, giving it access to a wide catalog of Android games. In addition, Shield will run titles from NVIDIA TegraZone and Steam. Other features include a 5-inch multitouch display at 720p resolution and integrated speakers.

NVIDIA is also offering GeForce game streaming, which is still in beta, but will allow Shield to access a computer using a GeForce graphics card.

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