NVIDIA’s SHIELD is a handheld game console with a Tegra 4 quad-core processor, a 5 inch display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The company introduced Project Shield at CES earlier this year, and now NVIDIA has announced a price and has started taking pre-orders.

Folks who registered for the newsletter at shield.nvidia.com can already pre-order one for $349. You can also sign up today to place an order.

The general public can start placing pre-orders May 20th.

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NVIDIA says the SHIELD game system will be available at retail stores in June from stores including Newegg, Gamestop, Micro Center, and Canada Computers.

The game console basically looks like a video game controller with a 5 inch display tacked on. But under the hood it has the guts of a bleeding edge Android phone or tablet.

It’ll be one of the first devices to ship with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor featuring 4 ARM Cortex-A15 processor cores and 72 graphics cores. It has a 720p multi-touch display and supports 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS

There’s also HDMI output so you can play games on your TV.

NVIDIA says there will be at least a few games designed to take advantage of the hardware including Broken Age, Flyhunter:Origins, and Skiing Fred.

SHIELD is also designed to work with NVIDIA”s GeForce game streaming service which is now available in beta. It lets you stream high-end PC games from your PC to your mobile device. In other words, if you’ve got a PC with a supported NVIDA graphics card you can turn on your PC and stream games over your home network to a SHIELD device so you can play anywhere in the house.

Here’s a demo video from January, back when the device was still called “Project Shield.”

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  2. I got excited about this one at first, but realized I don’t play enough to warrant my entire tablet being a controller first and foremost.
    Also, my Tegra 3 tablet and a BT controller are still really great for gaming!

    I’m still interested, but not reaching for the wallet just yet.

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