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NVIDIA Launches the SHIELD with Android TV

Category: Gadgets
Posted: 10:34AM

NVIDIA has officially launched its SHIELD with Android TV, bringing the company's first living room entertainment device to your home. The SHIELD with Android TV is said to be the most advanced smart TV platform available, as you can watch movies, TV shows, listen to music, use various apps, and play games through it, all from the comfort of your couch or recliner. Powering the device is the Tegra X1, a 64-bit CPU packing a 256-core NVIDIA GPU, to deliver performance up to 30 times faster than the competition, while also supporting 4K content. The SHIELD runs on Android so you get access to all the familiar apps you're use to, plus the likes of Netflix HD, YouTube, Pluto TV, and UltraFlix for some amazing 4K experiences. You can pair the SHIELD with your existing TV service, or cut the cord and go with Sling TV. Before long HBO Now, Fox, CBS, Vimeo, and more will be coming to Android TV, with the full list of apps available here.

The SHIELD with Android TV is, of course, more than capable of playing your games, with more than 200 supported on Android TV. An additional 20 will be available exclusively on the SHIELD within the next several months, with GRID handling 1080p game streaming if your favorite title isn't available by other means. The SHIELD with Android TV has 3GB of RAM, either 16 or 500GB of storage, support for 5.1 and 7.1 audio over HDMI, 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.1. Ports on it include HDMI 2.0, two Type A USB 3.0 ports, a micro-USB 2.0 port, a microSD slot, an IR receiver that's compatible with Logitech Harmony remotes, and Gigabit Ethernet.

NVIDIA SHIELD with Android TV is available today for $199.99 or for $299.99 if you opt for the SHIELD Pro model. The SHIELD Pro offers 500GB of storage instead of just the 16GB the base model has, plus the Pro comes with a free copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! when it arrives on July 1. Both also get a free 90-day subscription to Google Play Music and a $30 gift card to use on the Play Store. Accessories in the box include a controller and an HDMI cable. A stand for the SHIELD is available for $29.99, a remote with voice search capabilities is priced at $49.99, and extra controllers for $59.99.


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