Not for nothing does the NVIDIA SHIELD TV have a reputation among set-top box enthusiasts. So, when NVIDIA needed to replace its Android TV box, it left nothing to chance. 2019 brings not one but two versions, the SHIELD TV Pro for avid gamers who want maximum performance, and the SHIELD TV for those who just want a capable media streamer and some casual gaming.
Both use the same chipset, NVIDIA’s new Tegra X1+. It’s paired with 2GB or 3GB of memory, and 8GB or 16GB of storage, version depending. Both get a microSD slot, and both use a new Bluetooth remote with illuminated buttons, lost-remote finder functionality, and an IR blaster.
The SHIELD TV Pro is set up to make best use of GeForce NOW, NVIDIA’s cloud-based gaming system for titles like Fortnite, but both use a new AI-Enhanced upscaling feature. That relies on a deep learning neural network to coax near-4K results out of 720p and 1080p streams. The NVIDIA SHIELD TV is priced at $149.99, while the SHIELD TV Pro is $199.99.