NVIDIA Shield 2 Release Date Set for End of July?

Although the initial product couldn’t find the distribution it needed, NVIDIA seems to be making that right the second time around. In 2013, NVIDIA released “Project Shield,” a hand-held console which became a global phenomenon. Despite the critical acclaim it found worldwide, availability for the product was pretty scarce.

The original Shield was only released in the US and Canada, and the rest of the fans felt cheated. According to new reports, the NVIDIA is finishing up its sequel console, “Shield 2.” This time around, they want to give the world the gaming experience they’ve all been waiting for.

Not only will this console launch in the US, but it will reach global markets starting on July 22nd. Based on this information from “several sources” cited by French media, we’re rapidly approaching the launch of the Shield 2.

In a recent article on Gigjets, FCC filings seemed to suggest a slimmer, lighter design to the Shield 2. This rival of the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo 3DS looked to give its newest iteration a sleeker and more elegant design. The “P2570,” as the filing referred to it as, also seems to have longer bumper buttons. NVIDIA has rearranged various nuts and bolts on the device, and their logo on the back is now larger.

The weight of the original Shield was criticized, so this is a very strategic move on their part. Aside from this, the FFC filing proved to be rather vague. News sources predict that the Nvidia Shield 2 will have a Tegra K1 chip with enhanced graphics, an improved LCD display, and run on the Unreal Engine 4. Other features may include:

  • Tegra K1 CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz
  • GeForce Kepler GPU boasting almost 200 CUDA cores
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of storage
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 1440 x 810 display

Are you excited for the NVIDIA Shield 2? What are your opinions on the improvements this filing speculates when compared to the original Shield?

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