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Nvidia launches SHIELD Android TV console, powered by Tegra X1

by Mark Tyson on 4 March 2015, 10:05


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The headlining feature of Nvidia's Made to Game event at the GDC a few hours ago was the new SHIELD Android TV console. Remember we were promised, in the GDC teaser, that we would see a new product that would "redefine the future of gaming," and that has been "more than five years in the making". HEXUS readers guessed right; that the main 'Made to game' announcement would be a SHIELD console.

Nvidia's new console runs Google's Android TV OS, the first console to do so, and is Google Cast ready. As a set top box it can deliver 4K video, your music and many apps to your big screen and can be voice-controlled and access Google Voice Search. While it is a powerful Android console in its own right, packing the Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell GPU with 3GB RAM, users can also enjoy access to Nvidia's subscription-based GRID 'Netflix of games' streaming service "at up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second".

Nvidia SHIELD console specs



NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell GPU with 3GB RAM

Video Features


4K Ultra-HD Ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264)

Audio Features


7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI


High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192kHz over HDMI and USB


High-resolution audio upsample to 24-bit/192hHz over USB






802.11ac 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi


Bluetooth 4.1/BLE



Gigabit Ethernet


HDMI 2.0


Two USB 3.0 (Type A)2


Micro-USB 2.0


MicroSD slot (supports 128GB cards)


IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)

Gaming Features


NVIDIA GRID streaming service


NVIDIA GameStream

Weight and Size


Weight: 23oz / 654g


Height: 5.1in / 130mm


"SHIELD will change the way we enjoy digital entertainment at home," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA . "It's an incredibly powerful, efficient and advanced living room entertainment device. It's the best Android TV experience. And it can transform into a serious gaming machine. It's made to game."

If you aren't one for paying subscriptions (GRID streaming is expected to become a paid-for service from this summer) or perhaps your internet might not be up to scratch for smooth 1080p games streaming, Nvidia made some interesting AAA games announcements alongside the SHIELD console launch. Some major games titles being ported to SHIELD include; Crysis 3, Doom 3: BFG EditionT, Resident Evil 5, The Talos Principle, Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance, Limbo, Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. In all "50+ Android titles optimized for SHIELD," will be ready for the console's launch, HEXUS was told in an email.

The new SHIELD console is expected to become available in May with prices starting at $199 with one game controller in the box. Nvidia will make available other SHIELD accessories including a remote control, vertical SHIELD stand and additional controllers ($39.95 per controller).

HEXUS Forums :: 12 Comments

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Hang on hasn't Nvidia spent the last few years on a smear campaign telling us how pointless the whole concept has now become? Or is that specifically for consoles they lost the contract for? :rolleyes:
So you can also use this as a Chromecast? I'm intrigued to learn more…
More interested in Steam Stream Box for 1/4 of the price, stream entire steam library without the need of a nVidia GPU. I'm not sold on GRID, OnLive was pants and I have a feeling nVidia are going to be charging a lot for the service.
Would make a nice Linux box if it can be hacked into one.
'The world's first Android TV console' What, are we pretending the Ouya doesn't exist? And all those other ones? Not that they were all that good, but this probably won't be much better.