Nvidia is announcing a new version of its Shield TV home streaming box today. The new model has an updated design and support for 4K HDR streaming. It now comes with both a remote and game controller and is available for preorder now for £199.99. It is expected to ship to customers this month.
Nvidia says the new Shield TV has three times the performance of any other streaming box on the market. It runs Android TV and has access to 4K content from Netflix, Google Play Movies, and Vudu. Nvidia has also added Amazon Video in 4K HDR — a rarity for Android TV boxes. Nvidia says that existing Shield TV devices will get the new one’s features through a software update delivered sometime in January.
Its not all about the games although they are taking a step up! We (I) have been a Nvidia Games subscriber since day one & although its great fun for the kids & there is a lot of choice for them they always seemed to be missing the big AAA games pushing the boundries. I mean yeah you can stream from your PC & Steam but not everyone has a top of the range gaming rig either…
But as we say its not all about the games it absolutely took the Kodi Community by storm last year with its flagship device! Showing truly what performance is & what the capabilities of a well designed & well build device can do. Android TV is a stunning platform to work on & no other box could touch the performance of the shield (Yes, Were looking at you ebay). We truly believe if budget is not a worry and your looking for a true Kodi Experience then the shield is the way to go. It out performed on the benchmarks our custom build HTPC we build specifically for kodi! With a boot time of seconds & hardware that makes your eyes open wider you wouldn’t be disappointed picking one of these up! & the new version looks great!
The new hardware looks great with some much needed improvement on HDR & 4k Capabilities – Check out the video below for NVidia’s official look.
In addition to Amazon Video, the Shield TV will have support for Google’s Assistant for voice control, including hands-free commands, like Google’s Home speaker. A peripheral microphone called Nvidia Spot is being sold spearately and can be placed anywhere in the home to receive voice commands. It’s very similar to Amazon’s Echo Dot, though it doesn’t work fully standalone and requires the main Shield TV to function. The new Shield will support integration with the SmartThings smart home hub, which allows for control of many different smart home appliances.
The Shield TV has always been positioned as more than just a streaming video box, and the new model has support for thousands of games, including Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and For Honor. Nvidia says that future games from Ubisoft will be releases for the Shield TV at the same time they are released for PC. Nvidia is also releasing a Steam app on the Play Store that will allow gamers to stream games in 4K HDR to their TVs.
Shield TV sits at the top of heap of home media streamers, and its nearly $200 price tag reflects that. An even more fully-featured Shield Pro with a controller, remote with headphone jack, and 500GB of internal storage is going to be available later this month at a to be announced price.
Got an itchy wallet get it ordered & expect shipment late January!
That’s all folks!