CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has announced that it will start shipping its Shield handheld games console on 31 July.
Nvidia had irritated those who preordered its Shield games console by announcing a delay to shipping just a day before it was originally set to hit the shelves, instead telling punters that it would ship sometime in July. Now the firm has said that it will manage to squeak inside its own revised deadline by shipping Shield on 31 July.
Nvidia's Shield games console runs Google's Android mobile operating system and combines a games controller that has a small, touch sensitive screen with a Tegra 4 system-on-chip (SoC) processor. The firm is also working on technology that will stream games running on a PC with a Kepler based video card to the Shield, a feature that is presently in beta testing.
According to Nvidia the delay was due to a mechanical issue but it didn't elaborate on what went wrong. However the fact that it was announced only the day before the original ship date smacked of poor management. The firm said those that ordered a Shield after the delay was announced would get a free t-shirt, but it didn't mention offering anything to those that had pre-ordered months ago but were hit with a last minute delay.
Nvidia's Shield is unlikely to be a big seller, but the firm will use it to showcase its games streaming technology, something that other firms that use its Tegra 4 SoC processor can license once it comes out of beta. However so far the firm has only managed to alienate gaming fans with the Shield games console. µ