The lights are on
Nvidia has responded to consumer concerns over the price of its Android-based handheld, dropping the price this morning. Additionally, the company has announced that it will start shipping the units next week.
When we reported last month that Nvidia was coming to market with its Tegra 4-powered handheld at a price of $349, our readers balked. Even the promise of streaming games from a PC with an Nvidia card wasn't enough to sway them.
Here's a sample of just some of the comments:
I was interested at the initial reveal for this thing, but seeing that price tag makes me want to pass. If I ever wanted to play an overpriced handheld on-the-go, I could just invest in a Vita.
There is nothing unique about the thing that makes it worth that price tag.
This is not for me, especially with that price point.
Nvidia has heard the comments from our readers and others, and now the price has come down to $299. We expect that the price of the PlayStation 4 ($399) may have exerted some pressure on Nvidia.
According to a statement from the company, it believes it has a "home run" with the Shield at the new price point. They'll know for sure when the handheld arrives on June 27. Is $299 low enough to get you interested in the Nvidia Shield? Not sure? Check out our hands on impressions from GDC 2013.
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Nvidia is *** going downhill. Oh how I love you AMD...
when its at $250 i'll buy....
$99 is the magic number
Yep, still too much. $350 is ridiculous, $300 is expensive.
Of course, my interest in this is near zero. I wouldn't even buy it at $100.
$300 is still overpriced, sorry not low enough, not even close. What demographic are they hoping to reach with that? It doesn't innovate anything new to the table and there are far cheaper alternatives: sure maybe not all of them with that processing power, but enough that reach close. Heck a Nexus 4 or 7 look a better alternative than this shield.
Good luck but still not for me.
I honestly feel bad for them. They thought $350 was a sure thing and now $300 is a home run! Oh man are they publicly traded because I would buy puts on these guys. Gamestop has agreed to sell them and maybe they'll push 3-10 per store but that's not a homerun is it? That's a bunt for a base at most. Seriously the thing looks embarassing. Good luck.
Slap an Apple logo on it, charge whatever you want and call it a day.
That's almost as much as a PS4!
One of the guys on my dev team pre-ordered it. I'm curious about it, but nothing about it really makes me feel like I "need" the thing. Maybe that will all change, but I have Ouya and GameStick incoming first.
I just don't think there's a market for this. The gameboy is successful because it offers up a unique experience, rather than just a portal console/PC gaming experience.
I don't see how the Shield offers an unique experience or why I should go to the trouble of having it with me instead of a tablet or gameboy.
Dude I might as well trade my Vita for one if you can actually stream via 3G or something. I spent a ton on a laptop with a GTX675 so it's a only a few more drops in the barrel now. But how many other people are in a position like mine? Also, video cards are ass in terms of future viability. Choices, choices.
I still find it expensive for not being a smartphone.
Yea $299.00?? over Xbox 1 or Ps4...no don't think ill waste that much on it, MS and Sony will have lot better to offer, Heck for $299 just buy you a tablet and use a 360 controller with your games, i think its a bad time to release with die hard gamers next gen systems coming out,
This would have been a home run if it released 5 years ago, but today no way.
shoot for $100 more you can get a ps4! Pass,unless they drop it to $89
too much money
Only if they had gone fully integrated with DirectX and Steam so I could play all my Steam games. Of course then it wouldn't be Android based.