Meet NVIDIA’s $200 SHIELD console, a true Android game changer

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NVIDIA is changing the way we game on Android yet again. After starting off with the Shield portable gaming and entertainment console in 2013, NVIDIA followed up with a downright monster Shield Tablet. Then, as 2015 was getting underway, they went and introduced a new processor that runs circles around everything.

So, the next logical step? Why not marry everything in an Android-powered game console that features the Tegra X1 chipset.

Powered by Android TV, the NVIDIA SHIELD changes things all over again. The unit can not only game like a mother, it will also deliver video, music, apps, and so much more. That video? That will be 4K, if you don’t mind.

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It just gets better, too, as the device connects with NVIDIA GRID, the game-streaming service that houses killer titles in the cloud. Think Netflix for top-tier gaming, delivered at 1080p with 60 frames per second.

The NVIDIA SHIELD launches in May with a kick-ass $200 price tag; there will be more than 50 titles optimized for the SHIELD when it debuts. Games include Crysis 3, Doom 3: BFG Edition and Borderlands: TPS.  Toss in support for streamed console games Batman: Arkham Origins, GRID 2 and Metro: Last Light Redux and you can see why we’re so amped.

As if you need more reasons to get geeked over the NVIDIA SHIELD, there are a number of leading game devs already working to deliver content.

The SHIELD will be available starting at $199 with a controller; however, optional accessories include additional controllers, a remote control and a stand enabling the device to stand vertically.

Just the specs ma’am

  • Processor NVIDIA® Tegra® X1 processor
  • 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 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI
  • High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192 kHz over HDMI and USB
  • High-resolution audio up-sample to 24-bit/192 kHz over USB
  • Storage* 16 GB
  • 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
  • MicroSD slot
  • IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
  • Software Updates SHIELD software upgrades directly from NVIDIA

 

  • Gaming Features NVIDIA GRID™ game streaming service
  • NVIDIA Share
  • NVIDIA GameStream™
  • Power 40 W power adapter
  • Weight and Size Weight: 23 oz / 654 g
  • Height: 5.1 in / 130 mm
  • Width: 8.3 in / 210 mm
  • Depth: 1.0 in / 25 mm
  • Operating System Android TV™, Google Cast™ Ready
  • Included Apps PLEX
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