The green giant has confirmed the official availability of SHIELD TV, a multimedia device that we know is much more than a simple console based on Android since it allows streaming multimedia content in 4K resolutions and enjoying a large number of applications.
Before delving into its specifications and reviewing its most important features we must pay attention to the design, an important point since the SHIELD TV is called to become the central element of our room.
NVIDIA has taken care of the finishes, betting on a design with very marked geometric lines and reducing the size compared to the previous generation by 40 %. They have also redesigned the remote control and the control for games.
Power performance of Tegra X1
At the hardware level, SHIELD TV uses a powerful SoC Tegra X1, equipped with a Cortex-A57 quad-core processor and 2 MB of L2 cache and a Maxwell-based GPU with 256 shaders and DirectX 12 support.
This graphical solution allows you to work with resolutions 4K to 60 FPS and HDR activated without a problem, which makes it a very interesting solution even for those who have a latest generation UHD TV at home.
Its RAM is 3 GB, more than enough to ensure a good user experience with any application and games, and is available in two versions with different storage capacity; one with 16 GB of eMMC and another with a 500 GB hard drive, both expandable through its USB 3.0 connectors.
We must not overlook its support of Dolby Atmos and DTS-X since it will allow us to enjoy a high sound quality.
As anticipated, NVIDIA has designed SHIELD TV as something more than a simple console based on a customized version of Android N.
It has implemented a full multimedia content support in streaming and high resolution, which we can take full advantage of applications with such popular applications like Netflix, YouTube and Google Play Movies, among others.
However, this does not mean that they have neglected the games, since, in addition to the catalogue of available titles for Android and others, it has been confirmed that versions of The Division, FarCry Primal, Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and For Honor will be available. It is clear that with SHIELD TV you will not lack content at any time.
Other things you should know
To everything that we have commented previously we must add a series of additional characteristics that suppose an added value and that we must take into account:
SHIELD TV integrates the hands-free system of Google Assistant. Google has optimized the experience of the assistant on television, since, having a larger screen, you can display visual responses and notifications by audio. Total control by voice.
Integration of SmartThings Hub technology, which instantly turns SHIELD into a smart home automation centre that can connect to hundreds of smart home devices.
Versions and price
NVIDIA has announced a significant price reduction for its SHIELD TV player. The promotion will be available until December 24 and leaves the price of the basic version at 159 euros after the 20% discount.
You already know this SHIELD TV. A device that NVIDIA focuses on as a multifunctional device for the living room and that, in addition to multimedia playback and streaming, also serves for the execution of video games.
At the hardware level, SHIELD TV uses a powerful SoC Tegra X1, equipped with a Cortex-A57 quad-core processor and 2 MB of L2 cache and a Maxwell-based GPU with 256 shaders and DirectX 12 support. Its RAM memory is 3 GB and is available in two versions with different storage capacity; one with 16 GB of eMMC and another with a 500 GB hard drive, both expandable through its USB 3.0 connectors.
The Tegra X1 allows working with resolutions 4K to 60 FPS and HDR activated without a problem, which makes it an interesting solution with UHD TVs. The support of Dolby Atmos and DTS-X allows to enjoy a high sound quality.
The SHIELD TV is governed by the Android version for the big screen, and with it, you have access to thousands of apps and games. Supports services such as Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play, Kodi, Spotify, iTunes Music and many more.
The base version of the SHIELD TV (16 GB of storage capacity) is available on the Spanish channel at retailers such as Amazon for the 159 euros referred.