Nvidia Delays Shield Shipments At Eleventh Hour

by Mike Futter on Jun 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Those hoping that their Nvidia Shield pre-orders would ship tomorrow as promised last week are going to be disappointed by this news. The company has announced a delay into next month.

Nvidia released a statement citing a third-party hardware issue as the culprit for the additional month of quality assurance testing.

We’re grateful for all the enthusiasm that’s been expressed for SHIELD, our new portable gaming device.  And we’re eager to get it into your hands.

But we won’t do that until it’s fully up to the exacting standards that NVIDIA’s known for. And some final quality-assurance testing has just turned up a mechanical issue that we’re not happy with.

So, while we announced last week that SHIELD will go on sale this Thursday, we’ve taken the hard decision to delay shipping until next month.

The issue relates to a third-party mechanical component, and we’re working around the clock with the supplier to get it up to our expectations.

We apologize to those who have preordered SHIELDs and to all those who are waiting for them to go on sale. But we want every SHIELD to be just right.

We’ll let you know when we have an exact shipping date in July. We think it will be worth the wait.

As you might recall, Nvidia recently dropped the price of the Shield from $349 to $299. According to the company, it's heard from gamers that the new price would be a "slam dunk" with consumers.