Nvidia forced to delay Shield launch

Fans who had been lining up to snag a Nvidia Shield this week in the U.S. are sadly disappointed, with the news that the hardware giant is delaying the product launch due to a “mechanical issue” that arose during final quality-assurance testing.

Nvidia Shield

Nvidia Shield

Jason Paul, product manager writes:

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.

The release date had only been confirmed last week, with the dev team “grateful” for the enthusiasm tha has been lavished upon them in recent times.

Paul explains everyone at Nvidia is eager to get the new hardware out to the public:

But we won’t do that until it’s fully up to the exacting standards that NVIDIA’s known for.

The development team are currently addressing the problem with its suppliers, but at this stage there is no new release date for us to report.

We apologize to those who have pre-ordered Shields and to all those who are waiting for them to go on sale, but we want every Shield to be just right.

The Shield – Nvidia’s first major foray into gaming consoles – is a handheld, Android-powered device with an Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset behind the scenes. It can be used to natively play Android games on its 5inch, 720p multitouch display, or elese can also stream PC software directly to your TV.

It is set to be launched initally in the U.S. in the not-so-distant future, for the new, lower price point of US$299.

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