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Nvidia Shield Preorder Date Jumps Up to May 17th

Gamers, grab your wallets.  For those of you waiting to plunk down your money to preorder the Nvidia Shield, four retailers -- Gamestop, Newegg, Micro Center and Canada Computer -- have bumped up the preorder date from May 20th to May 17th. That means gamers eager to reserve the highly anticipated handheld device can begin placing orders today. Priced at $350, Shield is expected to ship sometime in June and will feature a 5-inch, 720p display and 16GB of RAM.

Nvidia has been ramping up the buzz, with Shield showing up in a cameo on the ABC television show "Modern Family." The Tegra 4-powered device also made the rounds at Google I/O, running demos of Android games. At launch, Shield will ship with five Android titles (“Broken Age,” “Costume Quest,” “Flyhunter: Origins,” “Skiing Fred" and“Chuck’s Challenge”) and the much-hyped GeForce PC streaming service in beta. 

We were wowed during our hands-on experience with Nvidia Shield at CES 2013. Instead of futzing with touch controls, you can enjoy a lot more precision using the Shield’s two analog sticks and multitude of buttons. Casual gamers might be a bit scared off. Streaming games, video and more to a TV will be possible via Miracast technology, and Nvidia says there should be several adapters on the market that deliver this AirPlay-like experience to multiple TV brands. Fuller integration of the technology into sets is a little ways off.

Stay tuned for our review of this bad boy, as we hope to get our fingers all over it soon. 

Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for Laptopmag.com since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.