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Nintendo games coming to NVIDIA SHIELD, but there’s a catch

Nintendo games coming to NVIDIA SHIELD, but there’s a catch

NVIDIA and Nintendo's partnership with the Switch is one that will more than likely prove lucrative for both, so it naturally follows that the two would want to team up in other areas. The NVIDIA SHIELD is launching in China today, and it's bringing some Nintendo games along for the ride. Yes, you heard that right: Nintendo games on a third-party machine.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Experience 6.2 gives more things to do over the holidays

NVIDIA SHIELD Experience 6.2 gives more things to do over the holidays

It wasn’t too long ago, actually less than a month ago, that NVIDIA rolled out an update to the NVIDIA SHIELD that flipped the switch, turning the gaming console into a smart home command center. With the latest Experience Upgrade 6.2, it’s back to offering even more sources of entertainment and ways to spend/waste your time on this weekend. Plus, it adds even more capabilities to control your home from your couch.

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Black Friday’s 4K smart TV dark horse is NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Black Friday’s 4K smart TV dark horse is NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Today the NVIDIA SHIELD TV was announced to have its price kicked temporarily in the bottom, just in time for Black Friday 2017. This is the device is easily my own top recommendation for smart TV central hub, and has been for the past two years, as well. While this machine is already a decent price without discount, here on Black Friday its cut down to the lowest price it's ever been (in its current form, with 3-free months of YouTube Red to boot.)

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV 6.1 update bring YouTube TV, smarter Assistant

NVIDIA SHIELD TV 6.1 update bring YouTube TV, smarter Assistant

Google just recently gave Android TV is own, dedicated YouTube app, perhaps years in the making. While there really isn’t much Android TV devices left to go around, it will naturally arrive on at least the one Android TV device that does matter: the NVIDIA SHIELD. The graphics chip maker has just announced the next version of its SHIELD Experience, now at version 6.1, that brings more than just the YouTube TV app to the US. It also reinforces the SHIELD’s potential to become both entertainment and smart hub for your home.

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Android TV YouTube TV app released with Xbox One in close pursuit

Android TV YouTube TV app released with Xbox One in close pursuit

Users of Android TV devices as well as those using Xbox One will soon be able to access YouTube TV. This app allows users access to live television, bringing Google into the wide world of broadcasting. You remember - that sort of video streaming that was interrupted by commercials every 10 minutes or so, and in most cases even more often than that?

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NVIDIA’s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA’s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA's most affordable SHIELD TV is now shipping, with the entry-level set-top box promising 4K HDR content support and gaming despite its lower price. Announced last month, the SHIELD TV 16GB lacks the dedicated gamepad controller that comes bundled with its more expensive siblings. However, it still could be the best option for those looking for a fairly platform-agnostic way to get streaming shows and movies on their TV.

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Samsung SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD now on pre-order

Samsung SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD now on pre-order

Google and NVIDIA made a big splash when it announced that Google Assistant has just landed on Android TVs and, specifically, the NVIDIA SHIELD. But that's really only part of the equation. Sure, you'll be able control your NVIDIA SHIELD with just your voice, but if you want to do anything beyond the TV, you'll need another piece of the puzzle. That piece is Samsung's SmartThings Link that transforms the SHIELD into a makeshift SmartThings Hub. And while that dongle won't ship until next month, you can already pre-order one right now.

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Google Assistant update takes SHIELD TV out a whole new door

Google Assistant update takes SHIELD TV out a whole new door

Today NVIDIA SHIELD's latest update brought with it Google Assistant in full effect. The results are much like we saw and experienced earlier this year at CES 2017. This means "OK Google" Google Assistant support - along with NVIDIA's implementation of the full-on latest version of Google's vision of the ideal smart TV environment using Android. This is also the "first-ever hands-free access to an Assistant for TV" - so says NVIDIA.

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SHIELD TV re-branded to battle Apple TV (with price cut too!)

SHIELD TV re-branded to battle Apple TV (with price cut too!)

This week the folks at NVIDIA have done a bit of clever re-branding to make their war with Apple TV more visible. To do this, they're now calling the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV something else - they're calling it just SHIELD TV. NVIDIA is also kicking the price down a bit by switching what's available in the box, aiming for $179 - that's approximately $21 cheaper than the previous least costly edition of this device.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 in pawnshop shows what could have been

NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 in pawnshop shows what could have been

NVIDIA has had a strange relationship with Android. While it backed out of the consumer mobile device market, it still managed to put out an Android gaming handheld, tablet, and then Android TV device. And while it was, at one point, one of the fastest to push updates to its very few devices, it seems that those days are long gone. For better or for worse, NVIDIA may have taken a new direction and has left the Android world behind, which only makes this discovery of an unreleased SHIELD Portable 2 prototype all the more poignant.

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NVIDIA SHIELD European plug recalled over safety concerns

NVIDIA SHIELD European plug recalled over safety concerns

When speaking of potential fire hazards and electronic devices, we usually think about faulty batteries or exposed cables. Who would have thought that a plug adapter could be just as dangerous. But that’s exactly the worry that has caused NVIDIA to announce a voluntary recall program in Europe to replace the two-prong plug head that ships with the NVIDIA SHIELD. Apparently, the build quality wasn’t so great that it could potentially break off and give users the shock of their lives.

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NVIDIA’s Spring Game Sale has come into full bloom

NVIDIA’s Spring Game Sale has come into full bloom

What better way to welcome the new season of life than by bursting into a spending spree, right? While gamers probably wished there were no need to wait for seasons to have sales, we'll take what we can. NVIDIA has just kicked off Spring with a SHIELD-centric sale. And while the titles are admittedly on the thin side, at least one game comes with a PC code as well.

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