NVIDIA made a huge splash when they announced the SHIELD TV, which is an Android TV set-top box on serious steroids. Priced at $199, NVIDIA is clearly going after other consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However with only 16 GB of storage, that won’t satisfy the hardcore gamer.
Sure, you can attached a USB drive to it, but built-in storage is just plain cleaner. It looks like NVIDIA has realized this need because they are now showing a 500 GB version on their site, which is priced at $299. That’s $100 more than the basic 16 GB version.
We can only assume the rest of the specs are the same which include a Tegra X1 processor, 256-core Maxwell GPU, 3GB RAM, support for 4K video playback at 60 FPS, 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI, 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1/BLE, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, Two USB 3.0 (Type A), Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD slot, and IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony).
On top of the basic Android TV interface, the SHIELD TV will offer a streaming gaming solution. NVIDIA’s GRID service will allow Players to stream select Windows PC games to the device. They will offer both 720p and 1080p subscription models in June.
The SHIELD TV is supposed to be available in early May, which isn’t too far off. We aren’t sure if the 500 GB version will be available at the same time though.
What do you think? Will NVIDIA be able to compete in the console war?