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Posted by Chuck Corbin on May 17, 2013

NVIDIA Moves Up Project Shield Pre-Orders To Today

Earlier in the week NVIDIA announced that they were releasing the NVIDIA Shield in June, their own entry into the handheld market dominated by the likes of Nintendo, and intended to give gamers a bit of a different choice. After all, the Shield isn’t just another old handheld console: it’s got the ability to link up to your computer and play many of your current PC games wirelessly, as long as your PC is equipped with a 650 GTX GPU or better. It’s a pretty cool idea, even if it’s a little superfluous.

Originally NVIDIA was waiting until the 20th to open up pre-orders, but it appears they’ve decided to open it up a bit early. If you want to pick up a Shield for yourself, you can pre-order one at GameStop, Newegg, and Canada Computer as well as directly from NVIDIA itself. Micro Center will also be doing pre-orders, but at this time they have yet to set up a pre-order page.

The Shield, when it is launched, will come with the basics. It’ll come with a USB cord as well as a separate AC adapter (perfect for when you don’t want to be tethered to your computer, just the wall), and even a couple of games built in. Expendable: Rearmed and Sonic 4 Episode II will be featured in the system, and should hopefully help show off the power of the Shield. I think this might be the first time a Sonic game has been packaged with a console in well over a decade…

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