Nvidia Shield (re-)dated for July 31 release

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It’s not clear precisely what Nvidia’s handheld PC streamer is supposed to be shielding us from – bedtime bouts of Candy Crush Saga, perhaps, or god forbid, books without pictures – but it’ll begin performing its obscure duty in just over a week’s time.

Nvidia initially delayed the $300 Android device just hours before its scheduled release this time last month, citing a malfunctioning doohickey from a third-party manufacturer.

“We want to thank you for your patience and for sticking with us through the shipment delay of your Shield,” read a statement. “Our goal has always been to ship the perfect product, so we made sure we submitted Shield to the most rigorous mechanical testing and quality assurance standards in the industry.

“We built Shield because we love playing games, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”

When the Nvidia Shield was announced in January, it had the beefy backing of both Ubisoft and Epic as a device for PC gaming. With its five-inch, 1280×720 screen and wireless streaming from nearby rigs, it promised to “free us from our boxes” – at least, those of us who could afford freedom at nearly £200 a head.

Have you pre-ordered a Shield? If not, why not?

Thanks, Develop.