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After a last-minute delay for NVIDIA's risky SHIELD gaming device, the company has just sent out an email to those who pre-ordered it. The delayed launch date is next Wednesday, July 31st, just barely making the company's revised commitment to a July launch. Pre-order hardware will be shipped out to customers on Wednesday, and NVIDIA's retail partners will have at least some units that day as well, at the new $299 price tag.

Here's the text of the email that was sent to pre-order customers:

We want to thank you for your patience and for sticking with us through the shipment delay of your SHIELD. We have great news to share with you - your SHIELD will ship on July 31st.

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. We built SHIELD because we love playing games, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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NVIDIA's message to those who pre-ordered SHIELD (thanks, John Zander)

SHIELD was delayed on June 26th, the day before it was scheduled to go on sale. NVIDIA cited faulty hardware from a third-party supplier as the reason, though they still haven't fully explained the technical details of the problem. The delay means that SHIELD may not technically be the first device to market to use the Tegra 4 processer and SoC - Toshiba seems to have gotten its new Excite tablets onto a few Best Buy shelves in the interim. It also sets up a rather disheartening situation for pre-order customers: at least some retail buyers will have SHIELD in their hands while pre-order hardware is being shipped.

Still, a $50 price drop on state-of-the-art hardware will forgive a lot, and the delay means that there will be more games taking advantage of the Tegra 4 and/or physical controls when SHIELD launches (see Riptide GP 2 and Skiing Fred for examples). So, who's still planning on picking up NVIDIA's first piece of consumer mobile hardware?

Update: Here's NVIDIA's official blog post on the revised launch date. It doesn't have much information that wasn't already sent via email, but there will be console-style demonstration kiosks at some Gamestop, Microcenter, and Canada Computer stores. Also, there are T-shirts with the swanky SHIELD logo being packed in with online pre-orders and retail sales (in the same locations as the kiosks). Because everyone likes free stuff.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Anybody got one of these emails? Mind screenshotting it?

    Also, Shield pre-orders will only *ship* on the 31st while those who didn't pre-order will be able to go to a store and pick it up? I suppose the point of a pre-order is guaranteed stock, but it'd still be kind of nice if pre-orders got stock a few days earlier.

  • Elias

    $300 sounds reasonable. I guess NVIDIA's got a winner.

    • Ark

      its 30 bucks more than the new 32gb Nexus 7 will cost. If the specs that were rumored are true. It will smoke this thing in every possible sense

      • andy_o

        What specs? It's a Snapdragon S4 Pro, same as the N4, no?

      • Matt Alexander

        This doesn't seem like it's supposed to be a direct competitor to the N7

  • Daniel

    Can't wait! I have had mine paid off and preordered at gamestop for more then a month.

    • Roney Desousa

      Same here! Did you notice that the Gamestop Website changed the release date to 7/25/13 from 7/31/13 recently? Before Nvidia announced the official 7/31/13 shipping date.