NVIDIA has just unveiled a new Android TV based console called the Shield, running the company’s latest Tegra X1 SoC which was unveiled a couple of months ago at the CES 2015 conference. Since this is based on Google’s proprietary platform, customers can be assured of getting the very best in terms of software.
Most importantly, NVIDIA has baked support for GRID game streaming, which is a highly acclaimed service from the company, allowing owners of Shield devices to stream games onto their devices. This feature was previously limited to the Shield Tablet and the Shield handheld console. GRID on the Shield can support 1080p game streaming at 60 frames per second. The 256-core Maxwell GPU on the Tegra X1 will ensure that there are no compromises made in the graphics department.
Customers will be able to purchase the Shield console for $199 starting in May this year. Much to our joy, NVIDIA will also bundle the Shield gaming controller which retails for $60 when bought separately. Catch the full features of the NVIDIA Shield in the video below.
From NVIDIA’s press release:
- Processor: NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell GPU with 3GB RAM
- Video Features: 4K Ultra-HD Ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264)
- Audio Features: 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI, High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192kHz over HDMI and USB, High-resolution audio upsample to 24-bit/192hHz over USB
- Storage: 16GB, MicroSD slot (supports 128GB cards)
- Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth: 4.1/BLE
- Interfaces: Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, Two USB 3.0 (Type A), Micro-USB 2.0
- IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
- Gaming Features NVIDIA GRID streaming service, NVIDIA GameStream
- Weight: 23oz / 654g
- Height: 5.1in / 130mm
- Width: 8.3in / 210mm
- Depth: 1.0in / 25mm