Nvidia has announced that its portable Android games console, formerly known as Project Shield, will be released in the US in June. It will cost $350 (£230), so at the higher end of the price scale for gamers, but as Pocket-lint revealed during our hands-on with the handheld at CES in January, it can do plenty for your bucks.

Not only is the Nvidia Shield a fully-featured games powerhouse, with an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM running the show and a 5-inch 720p touchscreen display, but it can also remotely play PC games running on your gaming desktop. You'll need a GeForce GTX 650 or higher graphics card, but the potential is huge. Imagine playing the full version of Batman: Arkham City or Bioshock Infinite remotely on a portable device.

The device will come with Android Jelly Bean from the box and is compatible with a multitude of the games apps available for the platform. At present, it works only with apps that are presented entirely in landscape, but there will be monthly over-the-air updates, says Nvidia.

Other specifications include 16GB of on-board storage, microSD card slot for expansion, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. A mini HDMI port allows you to connect it to a larger display, while software pre-installed includes Google Play, Sonic 4 Episode II THD, TegraZone, and more.

There's no word yet on a UK release, but you can pre-order the US version now.