The recently concluded CES 2017 saw a lot of launches and as it was expected, a new Android TV device was also launched by Nvidia. Bringing improvements to the already perfect Nvidia Shield TV, the company announced the latest iteration.
Talking about the design, the Nvidia Shield TV (2017) is 40 percent smaller than its predecessor while it packs the latest features. The company had launched the first Shield TV back in 2015 that was much appreciated for its overall experience. Nvidia wants the device to not only be your streaming TV box, but also your gaming console.
Just like the last version, this year’s Shield TV too comes with a controller that has been redesigned. The controller together with the Shield TV is capable of replacing your home consoles and gaming PCs. Nvidia has two services – GameStream and GeForce Now – that help you play even the latest titles on you Shield TV.
While the former lets you stream games locally from a PC powered by Nvidia, the latter is a subscription based game streaming service. Costing $7.99 a month, GeForce Now runs that titles on Nvidia’s own servers and the user gets to play the game as if it was being run locally. With the latest upgrade, GTX 1070 or GTX1080 GPUs will power the games taking the graphics output to the top.
Another big deal with the new Shield TV is its support for 4K and HDR. The device is capable of streaming high-quality 4K HDR video from many of the services that the Google platform supports. Even the best devices in the industry don’t have this feature yet. It will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and Nvidia has added a custom navigation interface for bringing all its unique content to the users.
Its pricing is also great at $199 for the standard variant, while the Pro variant with 500GB hard drive will cost $299.