Mark this as the second time in two days that a hardware manufacturer listened to fans and decided to make a change. Nvidia's Shield handheld gaming device with its very own screen will be dropping its price from $349.99 to $299.99. The announcement came today in response to, "thousands of gamers," requesting the lower price. On top of that, Nvidia also announce the handheld's release date. Expect it to ship out starting June 27.
Built on Android, the Shield will have access to a ton of great games out of the box, as well as any other apps currently available for Android devices. It's best feature, of course, it the fact that you can play every game with a controller -- it's built into the device. A huge opportunity is now readily available, mobile game development without the crutch that is touch screen controls.
Add in the fact the Nvidia is implementing a system where games can be streamed from the PC to the Shield should you have one of Nvidia's high-tech video cards, and Shield becomes very interesting. The question now becomes whether or not it will catch on, not only with consumers, but with developers. Is an Android-powered mobile device with built in controller something people will buy?
We'll find out starting June 27 for the new, lower price of $299.