With mere days to go until NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) Shield's official release, NVIDIA decided to cave to gamers' requests by lowering its price by $50 to $299.

But while it's tempting to view this as a desperate reaction by the company to weak pre-order sales for the device, investors might be missing the bigger picture regarding Shield's intended purpose -- namely, to serve as an introduction for consumers to NVIDIA's long-term vision for platform-free, console-independent gaming, says Fool contributor Steve Symington in the following interview with the Fool's Erin Miller.

What do you think? Please watch the video to get Steve's take, and then let us know whether you believe NVIDIA Shield is worth our time and money.

Erin Miller has no position in any stocks mentioned. Fool contributor Steve Symington owns shares of NVIDIA. The Motley Fool recommends NVIDIA. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.