Google I/O. NVIDIA used the celebration of conference with Google’s Developers to put out in the market the NVIDIA Shield Android TV, a device for videogames execution and multimedia playback, while in the middle of a battle for the living rooms.
This set-top-box for the Android TV platform is powered by a SoC Tegra X1, the most powerful of mobility with an 8 core 64 bit processor and an NVIDIA graphics with 256 CuDa cores and a new generation Maxwell architecture.
It has 3 Gbytes of RAM and is offered in 2 storage capacities. A 16 GB and a 500 GB version. Its connectivity is good despite its compact size (25 x 21 x 13 mm). It has Gigabit Ethernet, Wu-Fi ac 2×2 MIMO with double band, Bluetooth 4.1, 2 USB 3.0, micro USB 2.0, HDMI 2.0 output, microSD card slot and IR receptor compatible with remote controls such as the Logitech Harmony.
The device includes applications for Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, PLEX and Sling TV, and is awaiting other applications such as HBO Now. The users will also be able to buy and rent content from Google Video and Music. Shield can play 4k content as the one available in Netflix, although it will require a steady 25 Mbps for such resolution.
It is compatible with the NVIDIA Grid game platform (free till June) and GameStream, Google Cast and of course, all Android games.
NVIDIA Shield Android TV includes a console, a game controller, an HDMI cable and a power cable. It is already available in the U.S for $199 in the 16 Gbytes version, while the 500 Gbytes version is $299.