Nvidia has recently announced during a press event, a new Nvidia Shield. However until like the previous Shield devices, this newly announced device is a set-top box that will live in your living room. Called…. the Nvidia Shield, this new device is a 4k, 1080@60FPS game streaming appliance, powered by Android and Nvidia’s Tegra X1 chipset.
Nvidia is calling this the “First Android TV Device meant to game with” and it is able to stream and play local 4K content, assuming you have a 4K Tv to play it back on. The device will also include a wired Ethernet port (assuming this is going to be 100/1000), 16GB of local storage, a microSD port, 2x USB 3.0 connections and wifi (again assuming at least 802.11 G/N). And since it’s built on top of Android, it will also include voice support.
Added Youtube in case the local version is overloaded.
Gaming-wise the device will be home to several upcoming titles such as Witcher 3, Batman:Arkham Knight and even current titles such as Borderlands: The Prequel, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Resident Evil Revelations 2. Expect up to 50 games to be supported at the time of launch. The Shield will also support Nvidia’s now out of beta GRID subscription-based game streaming service, both the free version which is limited to 720@30FPS and allows for game rentals and a fee based subscription that supports the full 1080p@60FPS and will let you purchases games vs renting them.
The Shield will cost $199.99 and will include the Nvidia shield controller instead of a remote control and will launch this May. I’ll be attempting to get my hands on one to give you the full run down.