Nvidia Shield TV -- Nvidia's Next Big Weapon In The Streaming Market [Video]By Erwin Castro, UniversityHerald Reporter
At the CES 2017 event, Nvidia unveiled its new Nvidia Shield TV, an Android open-platform media streamer that has 4K HDR streaming capability and built-in Google Assistant. The new streamer has an updated design and support for the latest Nvidia visual computing technology that delivers unmatched experiences in AI, streaming and high-performance gaming.
According to Techcrunch, Nvidia has unveiled to the world a new version of its Shield TV home streaming box, with $k HDR streaming capability, plus the innovative Google Assistant.
Sporting a sleek new design, the new Nvidia Shield TV delivers the richest visual experience with support for 4K HDR streaming and three times the performance of any other streaming platform on the market. The Shield TV runs on Android and will offer the largest catalog of 4K contents from Netflix, Google Play Movies and Vudu. Additionally, Nvidia has also added Amazon Video in 4K HDR streaming.
Nvidia also announces that it will make YouTube TV app available for Nvidia Shield TV in the coming months, giving users with an immersive, 360-degree viewing experiences.
Support for AI
Nvidia Shield TV will be expanded with a series of AI capabilities that will help transforms home entertainment experience.
According to The Verge, the new streaming box will have support for Google's Assistant for voice control, the first hands-free Google Assistant integration on Android-powered TV. Voice commands will replace clicking a remote for finding content, fast-forward and even answering certain questions.
An AI microphone called Nvidia Spot, which sold separately, will make the Nvidia Shield TV the central backbone of the smart home. Similar with Amazon Echo's Dot, the Nvidia Spot can be placed anywhere in the home to receive voice commands, extending intelligent control throughout the home.
The new Nvidia Shield TV will also support SmartThings Hub technology integration. This will turn Nvidia Shield TV into a smart home hub that can connect and control of many different smart home appliances.
Widest Range of Gaming Capabilities
The Nvidia Shield TV stands alone among streaming platforms, with the widest range of gaming capabilities and support for thousands of games.
In addition to the massive game contents, the GPU stalwart is also releasing a Steam app on the Google Play App Store. This will give gamers the ability to stream games in 4K HDR to their TV sets.
Nvidia Shield TV Pricing and Availability
According to Nvidia, the new Shield TV will now be available for pre-order and will ship in the U.S., Canada and select European countries later this month for $199.99 only.
An even more fully-featured Shield Pro will also be available later this month at to be announced the price, The Verge reported. The Nvidia Shield Pro will include a game controller, remote with a headset jack and a whopping 500 GB of storage. The peripheral AI microphone, Nvidia Spot, will be sold separately for $49.99.
Finally, a separate version of Nvidia Shield TV, with custom software optimized for China only, will also be made available later this year.