Nvidia has been teasing us with a product that has been on the radar for years, and now we know what it is – a set-top-box that aims to become the centre of the living room.
Called the Nvidia Shield, the device sits next to your TV and runs Android, offering high-end games and entertainment for the living room. According to Nvidia, it’s the world’s first 4K (i.e. ultra high resolution) Android TV box.
Nvidia makes the ultimate all-in-one device
The Shield is perhaps the ultimate all-on-one device, allowing users to play games, movies, and watch YouTube and other content.
The box itself comes with a one-click one-touch voice search button and there’s an option to connect a pair of headphones into the remote for more privacy.
Nvidia’s new device isn’t aimed solely at casual entertainment fans, as it’s also made for serious gamers. “A set top box should also be able to game”, said Nvidia President Jen-Hsun Huang.
The console itself uses a Tegra X1 chip, meaning that it’s way more powerful than the Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, and can reportedly deliver more than twice the performance of an Xbox 360 at a fifth of the power.
The Shield’s controller serves as a gamepad, which can run for 40 hours on one charge, and just like the remote it comes with a built-in microphone to give voice control from the sofa. Nvidia will use its new Shield Store as a way to obtain games, with more than 50 titles ready for launch.
So just how much will the Nvidia Shield cost? It’s slated for about $199 for a 16 GB version and $299 for a 500 GB version, and you will also receive a controller bundled in when it ships. It’s available now in the US and other countries to follow soon.