NVIDIA has been sticking to its guns when it comes to expanding its Shield line of devices, and while the naming can get confusing - Shield Portable, Shield Tablet, Shield, and so on - NVIDIA's latest Shield is a 4K-capable set-top box, that truly transforms your living room.
NVIDIA leverages Android TV to power Shield, which opens you up to an entire world of content thanks to the Google Play Store while doubling as a kick-ass way of playing Android and PC games through the Shield and on your TV.
While NVIDIA is pointing out that the new Shield is 4K capable, that doesn't mean you can't run it on your 1080p TV - so don't worry, the new Shield will rule any living room. The cherry on top is that it's 4K-capable, allowing you to watch 4K content on your shiny new 4K TV, as well as experience delicious Dolby 7.1 surround sound, thanks to its surround pass-through audio capabilities.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in 2015, NVIDIA announced its new Tegra X1 processor, which is capable of 4K goodness. The Tegra X1 has a 256-core Maxwell GPU inside, which features enough graphical prowess for 4K playback, and some.
NVIDIA has two different variants of Shield, with one featuring 16GB of flash storage, while another model sports a 500GB HDD. If you are like me and streaming everything from Netflix, YouTube and other digital methods (Hulu, Google Play Store, etc.), then the 16GB model would be enough.
But, if you wanted to download a bunch of games and store things locally, the 500GB version of Shield would be a much better buy. Keep in mind that you can always plug an external USB HDD up to the Shield, expanding your storage into infinity.
Availability & Price
NVIDIA sells the Shield directly through their website for $199.99 for the 16GB version, which right now includes the awesome Shield Remote for free - a value of $49.99. We definitely recommend the Shield Remote, so it's great that NVIDIA is actually bundling it.
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