Since its announcement in March, we haven’t heard much from the NVIDIA Shield Android TV console. But finally the company is ready to unleash its powerhouse upon the world. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made a lot of big claims when the device was unveiled in March, the biggest of which was that the console would “redefine the future of gaming.” And it’s true that there’s a lot to be excited about, not least of which because of the device’s gaming capabilities. But is this just a simple set-top box on steroids, or the best Android TV device yet?
The Shield Android TV tries to cover three different categories: TV, gaming and computing. Equipped with a Tegra X1 chip, the streamer comes in a sleek stealth black package that’s frankly one of the coolest designs we’ve seen. We were impressed by the amount of technology stuffed inside the console back in March, and we’re even more impressed after seeing it in person. It makes any setup look good.
But it’s not just the design that’s impressive; what makes the Shield Android TV so exciting is its functionality. In addition to features like live TV, and access to a number of streaming services, NVIDIA’s gadget puts major emphasis on gaming, as you’d expect the company to. What you get is access to games made specifically for NVIDIA devices through Google Play, along with the company’s GRID service for streaming PC games.
We haven’t yet had the opportunity to take the Shield Android TV for a spin, but it’s just yearning to be turned on. If you’ve been waiting for an Android TV juggernaut, NVIDIA’s devices certainly fits the bill. You can pick up the 16GB standard model for $199, or spend a little more for the 500GB option, which retails for $299. That’s a gigantic difference in space for just $99.
Check out the unboxing to see the device revealed in all of its glory, and stay tuned for more coverage.