Nvidia’s upcoming handheld gaming project – dubbed Project Shield – now finally has a price. It is set to cost $349 (approx Rs 19,118) at Newegg, Gamestop, Micro Center, Canda Computers and Nvidia.com. The Shield will be available for pre-order from May 20 onwards.

Judging from all the demonstrations of the device we’ve seen before, the Shield seems very capable of running games, especially with real-time physics through Nvidia PhysX and all the graphics at the highest possible setting. According to the video, a lot of development time went into tweaking the handheld device's audio. It is said to have speakers that are bigger than they appear.

Nvidia's Project SHIELD plays both Android and Windows games

$349 seems a bit too pricey for what is essentially just an Android device that plays games

Nvidia announced Project Shield back in January during CES. The device can run both Android and PC games. It has access to Google Play for Android games and acts as a wireless receiver and controller for PC games on systems that are powered by Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs. It can also access titles from a computer's Steam games library.

As Windows and Android are some of the world's most successful computing platforms and have a thriving developer ecosystem, Project Shield is designed to allow users to enjoy both Android and Windows Games. It will also have access to Nvidia's TegraZone game store, which has games with high graphical fidelity specially designed with the Tegra processors in mind.

Project Shield uses the Tegra 4 processor to offer what the company claims is a console-grade controller. It can be used to play on its own integrated screen or on a big screen. It has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 294 ppi. The screen also uses the Tegra 4's Direct Touch technology for touch input.

The handheld gaming device will also be getting some exclusive games, such as Chuck’s Challenge 3D, which is a puzzle game. It walks the player through the evolution of gaming. Players can also make their own levels and share them using a simple interface and cloud storage.

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