This evening we’ve been given our first full tour of the NVIDIA SHIELD living room entertainment device. This device joins the SHIELD Portable – a controller/display combo, and the SHIELD Tablet – a high-powered tablets that works with the SHIELD Wireless Controller. The NVIDIA SHIELD is made to empower your TV as it works with your Google account for content. As such, it runs Android TV. It outputs up to 4K 60fps content to your big screen, and it runs with an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, as well.
This device is made to make your television smarter, and allow you to play games and access media whenever you like. Android TV taps into your Google account so you’ll have access to all of your Google Play media – movies, games, and apps – and you’ll be able to side-load media as well.
Android TV devices – including this one – work with Chromecast abilities too, so you’ll be able to “cast” media from your phone or tablet.
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra X1 SoC, 256-core Maxwell GPU
Video Output/Capture: 4K Ultra-HD playback and capture up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264)
Audio: 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI, high-res 24-bit/192kHz audio over HDMI and USB
Internal Storage: 16 GB
Storage Expansion: Micro-SDXC, supports up to 2TB micro-SDXC
Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1/BLE
Ports: Gigabit Ethernet, full-sized HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0 x2,
Additional Connectivity: IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
Power: 40W power adapter
Weight: 23oz / 654g
Height: 5.1in / 130mm
Width: 8.3in / 210mm
Depth: 1.0in / 25mm
OS: Android TV
Bundled Apps: PLEX, NVIDIA SHIELD Hub, NVIDIA GRID, Google apps
In the box you’ll find the NVIDIA SHIELD unit itself, one NVIDIA SHIELD controller, one HDMI cable, a single USB cable (Micro-USB to USB), and a Power adapter (Includes plugs for North America, Europe, UK). This package will cost you $199 USD when it’s released later this year.
Above: the SHIELD stand – sold separately, made of metal, allows the device to stand vertical. Price and release not yet finalized. Below: the SHIELD Remote, also sold separately.
You’ll also be able to purchase a SHIELD Remote. This tiny remote control has a basic D-pad and a couple of Android TV-centric buttons for control. This controller also has a mic so you can use voice commands and Google search. This controller will cost you $60 USD on its own.
The full NVIDIA SHIELD family.
To see more about the NVIDIA SHIELD home entertainment device, have a peek at our NVIDIA SHIELD tag portal. There you’ll find a hands-on as well as several detailed articles on the ecosystem.