Nvidia Shield Android gaming portable price and release date revealed, drops the 'project'

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.