NVIDIA claims to have found the real way to “play TV” with the Shield Android TV console. It’s pretty much a gaming-focused Android TV device and we have finally gotten a chance to play around with it at Computex 2015. Is it all it’s put out to be?
We need to check it out more before we can pass judgement on it, but so far we can tell you it looks very promising.
NVIDIA Shield Android TV specs
- Android TV
- NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor
- 3 GB of RAM
- 16/500 GB of internal storage
- WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.1/BLE
- Ethernet, HDDMI 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, MicroUSB 2.0, MicroSD slot, IR receiver
- 4K ready
- 7.1/5.1 surround sound supported
- 25 x 210 x 130 mm
- 654 grams
Like we mentioned in the video, you will get the gaming controller included, whereas the remote control is an optional accessory (just like the stand). This clearly positions the NVIDIA Shield Android TV as a gaming platform. And of course – it’s made by NVIDIA and comes with full support for NVIDIA GameStream and GRID.
This is much mroe than a simple gaming platform for the large TV, though. The Shield Android TV brings a great smart TV experience to the living room, taking advantage of all the apps, services and features Android TV has to offer.
I mean, this thing even supports 4K definition TV sets. It’s actually the first Android TV box to come with such support. These are the perks of having high-end gaming specs on-board.
You can get this device straight from NVIDIA. The 16 GB version is $199.99, while upgrading to 500 GB of internal storage will add up to a $299.99 price point. Who is getting one?