Two weeks ago Nvidia announced that it launched new Shield TV media streaming box. It comes with a smaller design, redesigned control, a remote and a few minor tweaks. But the inside is almost the same. The Nvidia Shield TV has got the Tegra X1 processor and 3GB RAM hardware.
The specs are same as it is found in the first Shield TV of 2014. Well, Nvidia Shield TV is three times stronger than any other available streaming box in the market. But in this new version, you are not going to find too much of an upgrade than the previous one.
Most of the upgrades are in the software. Nvidia added the Amazon Video Content in the 4K HDR, and the new software is running on the Android 7.0 Nougat. It is not very different from the Android TV on Marshmallow. It will support Google Voice controlled Assistant. For the Gaming, Nvidia Shield TV can play Android Games; PC games streamed through the Nvidia GeForce.
You will get the GeForce Now cloud services or the games that are streamed from PC on the same network with the GameStream feature. If you have the 4K HDR TV, then you will be able to play your PC games in the 4K resolution with the HDR in the Nvidia Shield TV.
The highlights of New Nvidia Shield TV
The cost is around $199, and it is ideal for those who are looking to play games on the 4KTV or NVidia’s GeForce. There are few highlights of the new design and here are they:
- The new model is smaller and easier to conceal in entertainment center.
- It does not have the microSD card slot, but it has two full-sizes USB 3 ports, an HDMI port and also an Ethernet jack wired for networking.
- You have to use the USB drive for expanding the internal storage of shield. There is only 16GB of internal memory.
- The redesigned game controller is cool with polygonal facets, and it is small and comfortable to hold. The buttons are great, but the D-pad is stiff. It has a headphone jack.
- Nvidia Shield TV comes with a remote control, but the glossy plastic cover might look bad and gets covered with fingerprints.
- It does not have the HDMI cable.
- The 4K videos streamed from Amazon and Netflix is great, no buffering like any other media box (Xiaomi Mi Box).
- The Nvidia Shield TV does not have any issue with the Android games, but it takes a while to download and install them.
- Our TNI testers didn’t find any lag with a resolution of 1080p and 60fps on a demo test of GeForce Now. The only downside is it will cost you $7.99 per month along with the purchase of games.
- Accessing the games on Nvidia Shield TV is easier now. It pre-installs and collects Android GeForce Now games together in the same library.