Nvidia's portable games console based on Android - the Nvidia Shield - will finally ship to customers on 31 July, following a delay from the first posted launch date of 27 June.

"Our goal has always been to ship the perfect product, so we made sure we submitted Shield to the most rigorous mechanical testing and quality assurance standards in the industry," the Shield team wrote on Nvidia's website. "We built Shield because we love playing games, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do."

The news of a shipping date follows Nvidia dropping the price of the portable console to $299 (£195) in late-June. Nvidia explained at the time: "We’ve heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we’d have a home run." It also tweaked the triggers, buttons, and thumbsticks for better play.

The Shield is an impressive bit of hardware - a Tegra 4 processor powering a 5-inch touchscreen with a controller attached. This means you can access games from Steam and Tegra Zone, providing you with titles like Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Rayman and others. Of course, you'll have access to the Google Play store as well.

For more detailed information about Shield and what it can do, take a peek at our hands-on with a final production unit at E3 2013: Nvidia Shield hands-on