In a statement released today by Nvidia, plans to release their new Shield gaming handheld have been delayed until sometime in July — no exact date has been announced yet.There’s been a lot of mixed feelings surrounding the company’s not-quite-pocketable Shield. As the first device to be released with the new Tegra 4 chipset, Nvidia has high hopes that this release will show the power of their new architecture and cater to a niche of users that want a great handheld gaming experience.The recent price drop to $299 (and confirmation of the release date) seemed to revive excitement for the handheld, but a hardware defect has caused the launch to be delayed.“During our final QA process, we discovered a mechanical issue that relates to a third-party component. We want every SHIELD to be perfect, so we have elected to shift the launch date to July. We’ll update you as soon as we have an exact date.” Nvidia’s vague finger pointing could concern anything from the custom backplate covers to some of the cases that are meant to be available at the time of launch. While it’s great that the company is willing to delay the launch of the handheld until everything is perfect, the lack of specificity makes it easy to speculate about possible problems.The bottom line is the same, though: Nvidia’s promise today that this hardware will be what they consider perfect at launch. This places the Shield at a stark contrast with many products released today, which often require multiple post-launch updates due to a lack of appropriate pre-launch testing.The back half of this launch — everything from the price drop to this delay — all seem to point to a company that is truly attempting to put their best foot forward. All Nvidia needs now is to be right in their assumption that this portable gaming handheld is what people really want from an Android-based gaming experience.