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NVIDIA, Retailers Offering SHIELD Gaming Unit for Just $249.99

Hopeful gamers looking to score a deal this holiday season should look at NVIDIA’s website, as the company has marked down the price of SHIELD by $50, bringing the grand total to $249.99. If you caught the DL Show on Wednesday, I personally claimed that SHIELD was the biggest bust of 2013, for the sole reason that it was priced too highly to catch anyone’s interest, and as a result it seems to have sold poorly. 

The device itself is quite awesome, and thanks to recent updates, I find myself using it more and more. If you were previously on the fence about SHIELD, now would be the time to act.

NVIDIA has partnered with all of its retail outlets, making sure all units are priced at $249.99, plus free shipping.

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  • Do you think it will be a good upgrade for my gameboy? I worry that the greens won’t be quite as nice and might be washed out by all the other colors.

  • nonscpo

    Shield was a great idea that was simply executed wrongly. The problem is that NVIDIA is treating it like a peripheral rather than a stand alone handheld.

  • SHIELD was a bad idea from Day One. But of course, everyone prefers hype over substance and so it got way more coverage than it deserved.

  • RobTheIcon

    Hasn’t it been $250 everywhere since Black Friday?

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    $250 is still too much for Tim’s Bust of the Year.

  • Radgatt

    Well Tim, I guess you were heard loud and clear. Proves that 1 person makes a difference after all 🙂

  • Cedarson

    This is the golf of video games. In golf, it looks easy until you try it. With the Shield, it looks useless until you own it. I had no idea how much I’d enjoy this before I bought one and realized all the cool stuff I could do now with it. Sold my Vita to get this and haven’t looked back.

    • Rob

      You know it’s funny, I’m a fellow SHIELD owner and I’ve noticed one thing – it seems like so many people want to say it’s a bust and worthless, yet I disagree. And I don’t even use mine everyday, just here and there. I bought it at the $300 price and I don’t feel mad that it went down to $249. It was as cheap if not cheaper than most tablets with that kind of tech when it came out, so people complaining about the price don’t realize what nVidia is trying to do with it.

      I hope they do their GRID gaming system and expand it outside of northern CA/sub 40ms ping times.

      I use this to stream video to my TVs, play games like GTA (but not SA since it’s broken still), and occasionally pair it with my PC to play games on it, but admittedly haven’t done that much, yet still think the SHIELD is an awesome unit.

    • kixofmyg0t

      I still think it’s useless. I have a AMD powered PC so SHIELD would do me no good. Everything else it does can be done with my Nexus 7 and Vita.

      • Mr E

        The android gaming aspect is cool, but I have to agree that the PC streaming is kind of the killer feature. Alas, I have a decent Nvidia GPU, but not a GTX card, so it’s also wasted on me.

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      • Cedarson

        Well, I’m sure there are people who don’t have a driver’s license who think a car is useless, too. Doesn’t make a car entirely useless just because an individual doesn’t have the ability to use it properly.

    • Pedro Enrique Matos Nuñez

      I actually picked one up a few days ago and I love it. Although, that thing makes the original xbox controller look like an NES one, and can send a person to the ER if I throw it at them because it weighs like brick. It’s not pocket friendly either.

      I can live with all these cons because gaming on the go has never been so good. and emulation? Street Fighter III 3rd Strike is sexy on that screen.

  • Jason Mace

    If I ever drop that much cash on something designed for portable gaming, it’s going to be when Microsoft makes a portable xbox. Otherwise, I’ll stick to my chappy MOGA.

    • mustbepbs

      I can’t even begin to fathom the train wreck that would be an Xbox portable.

      • Mr E

        How about a full-windows phone then? Potentially, that could open up pc gaming.

      • I picture a lot of fires

  • Jay

    Can this thing stream from my Steam game library or is it just another android gaming device?

    • Menger40

      It can stream PC games if your graphics card supports it. I think it’s GTX 660 and up.

      • Rob

        GTX650 and up + dualband router for 720p and GTX660 + dualband router + ethernet adapter for 1080p.

  • Matt DiGiacomo

    Correct me if I’m wrong but, hasn’t this deal been available since the start of December?

  • ToddAwesome

    No thanks, I’ll stick to my Turbo Grafx Express.

    • Menger40

      I hope your stocking is full of double A batteries… you’re gonna need ’em

      • ToddAwesome

        pfft, child please, I had a GNex for two years, batteries don’t faze me!

        • Pedro Enrique Matos Nuñez

          Now what you mean, just pulled the Neo Geo Pocket out of the archive for some Metal Slug on the go.