Nvidia has just announced the Shield games console, the world’s first 4K Android TV device, at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The device is slated to be available in May for $199.
Nvidia Shield will play Android games in 4k resolution
Besides the new entertainment device, the company also announced its Grid game-streaming service, which is said to deliver games on-demand via the cloud at 1080pHD resolution and 60 fps.
The Shield console will also stream video, music, and Android apps and games, all powered by Nvidia’s newest Tegra X1 CPU which has 3 GB of RAM. It can also play and capture 4k video and has 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound output capabilities.
The console has 16 GB of onboard storage, plus a microSD card slot that can take cards up to 128 GB in size, and Wi-Fi connectivity – it’s bundles with a wireless controller too.
Many hardware companies have tried to enter the console arena with Android products, but few promised the kind of power that the Shield does. The 64-bit Tegra X1 can easily handle premium games such as Doom 3, Crysis 3, and Bordlands. Apparently, there will be over 50 titles optimised for the machine when it launches.
The Grid service will enable gamers to stream more complex games like Batman: Arkham Origins, as well as new titles such as Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, later this year, with new games added each week.
You will also be able to use the remote to control video and playback and search for content on Google Player using your voice, courtesy of its built-in microphone.
The Shield offers serious competition to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 at the price, as both of those machines sell for more than $300. The range of content that’s available will of course be pivotal in its success, but Nvidia already appears to have a great lineup of launch titles and partnerships with top studios such as id Software and Capcom.
The Nvidia Shield is a solid games device, and alternative to the Nexus Player. Google’s system comes with a controller and is half the price of the Shield, but it can’t compete in terms of specs, and also lacks the Grid service which should prove popular with hardcore gamers on a budget.
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