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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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they should drop it to 50 bucks.
It would be a little different if it ran PC games without having to be connected to a PC....but 300 bucks for what is basically an android handheld......pass...
Not until they announce I can run Half Life and KotOR on this thing without a pc to stream it from. If I could take those games on the road, then sure.
No thanks. For people that are constantly mobile, they might find use with this. As for myself, If I'm not at work, I'm at home on my PC/360...That price is still a bit high IMO. I'd say aim for 200-250? But then again, I don't know how much it costs to make one of these.
Running on Android oS huh so that means its going to randomly shut down here and there while I play games, no thanks
So it's a really expensive way to play crappy mobile games that you could just play on your phone....pass
Do not want.
even if i were interested, i'd still rather put that money to a ps4 or a vita.
$150 $200 at the most. That's my price range.
Do editors even proof read these reports before approving them?
$299 is still too expensive. It's neat tech and all, but I'd need to spend more money just to invest in a Nvidia GPU for my desktop. And I can't take those PC games with me on the road? Only Android games? What? I'm confused. Either way, no thanks. Maybe if money was nothing to me, but unfortunately, the little green paper is precious to me.
i want the Tegra 10 in mine now!!!