NVIDIA announced their all new SHIELD device earlier this month during GDC 2015, the SHIELD Android TV console. This impressive little unit is slated for a launch sometime in May, and attempts to offer something in the Android TV space that is completely unlike most other units. It’s running on Android TV software, so there’s access to the Play Store as well as a ton of music, movies, and tv shows accessible on the big screen or monitor you’d have it hooked up to just like other devices. The difference with SHIELD from other Android TV units is that this is also technically a gaming console that packs in the capabilities to play streaming games through NVIDIA Grid, as well as Android games and download and play AAA titles that can be stored right on the SHIELD itself, including Crysis 3 as shown off at the GDC demo.
The NVIDIA SHIELD looks to have just recently passed through the FCC(the FCC document only lists what NVIDIA is calling the Complex Set-Top Box)which means it’s likely being fitted for approval and on its way to launching here in the U.S. This is good news as the FCC has to overview the device and make sure that it passes their standards before it can be sold, and the FCC is usually one of if not the last place regulation wise that devices like this need to hit before it goes on sale.
As of right now there is only the general May time frame for launch as stated above, but when consumers are able to get their hands on this Android TV unit it will cost them $199 to do so, and optional accessories like the anodized aluminum stand. That kind of cash will get buyers an Android TV device capable of playing console games as well as Android games, all powered by NVIDIA’s first ever mobile super chip, the Tegra X1 which was shown off back at CES 2015. It also comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, as well as ethernet support, two USB 3.0 connections, Bluetooth, Wifi, etc. and it’s even capable of playing 4K video, which is the only Android TV device with this ability at this time.