NVIDIA's SHIELD, the Tegra 4 and Android-powered gaming handheld, has arrived at long last. The device was supposed to arrive back in June, however a last minute issue appeared that caused it to be delayed. Luckily it wasn't delayed too long, as yesterday marked the arrival of NVIDIA's latest creation. Featuring a Tegra 4 processor and a 5", 1280x720 touchscreen built directly onto the controller, the SHIELD runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean OS. Not only does it have access to the Google Play Store, thousands of apps, and Android games, the SHIELD can stream PC games provided you're running a GTX 650 or better video card and the latest version of GeForce Experience. And you're on the same WiFi network as your PC, of course.
Over 65 Android games feature built-in controller support, while another 35 are optimized for Tegra and the SHIELD. Five brand new games just went live as well: Blood Sword: Sword of Ruin, Choplifter HD, Tainted Keep, Chuck's Challenge, and Space Ark. Those last two games are absolutely free, while Blood Sword costs $0.99 and Choplifter HD and Tainted Keep are both $4.99. The full list of supported games can be viewed at the SHIELD website, which includes the likes of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Arma Tactics, Zombie Driver THD, and more.
The NVIDIA SHIELD is priced at $299, and can be purchased at Newegg and NVIDIA.com once it comes back in stock (NVIDIA estimates a two to three week wait). Currently it's only available in the US and Canada, so our international friends will have to wait.