Nvidia Discovers "Mechanical Issue" in Shield, Delays Launch Until July

Paul Lilly

Shield console suffers a minor setback just prior to launch

Nvidia said a final round of quality assurance (QA) testing turned up a mechanical issue in its Shield handheld gaming platform , prompting the device maker to delay the system's launch until sometime next month. The issue relates to a third-party mechanical component, and while Nvidia didn't specify exactly which piece of hardware is acting up, the company did say that it's working around the clock with the part's supplier to resolve the issue.

Shield was supposed to go on sale tomorrow for $299, down from its original MSRP of $349 when first announced. Nvidia a week ago slashed $50 off the price of the console after hearing from thousands of gamers that such a price point would result in a "home run" for Nvidia.

That may still be the case, but for the time being, Nvidia will have to wait out the rain delay, to keep the baseball analogy going.

"We apologize to those who have pre-ordered Shields and to all those who are waiting for them to go on sale. But we want every Shield to be just right," Nvidia stated in a blog post .

Nvidia said it will update everyone with an exact shipping date at a later time.

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