NVIDIA touts 2 new Shield models

NVIDIA has rolled out the Shield TV and Shield TV Pro media streamers to deliver new visual and sound experiences to the gogglebox. Powered by a Tegra X1+ processor, it offers up to 25 percent more performance than its predecessor and features Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for extraordinary visuals and audio. Its computational prowess improves picture quality by using artificial intelligence (AI) to upscale HD video streams into 4K resolution.

“By bringing together Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos with Android TV, users of the new SHIELD TV media players receive an unmatched experience that well represents our platform’s rich content and capabilities,” said Shalini Govil-Pai, Senior Director of Product Management for Android TV at Google.

The new Android TV devices are designed for everyone, from casual streamers to media and gaming enthusiasts.

Shield TV sports a slim, stealthy design to blend in with, or behind, entertainment centres, and Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi for fast connectivity.

Created for demanding users, Shield TV Pro is based on the previous generation’s iconic, sleek design and comes with additional memory and storage, plus two USB ports for running a Plex Media Server and connecting high-capacity hard drives or other USB devices.

Both come bundled with an all-new remote control, powered by two AAA batteries, that features motion-activated backlit buttons, a built-in lost remote locator and a mic for voice search.

Shield gives users access to more than 500,000 movies and shows and over 5,000 apps and games through Google Play. The Google Assistant enables users to quickly access entertainment, control smart devices and get answers on screen with their voice. Shield also supports “routines” where Google Assistant can complete multiple tasks with just one command.

With prices starting from US$149 and US$199, Shield TV and Shield TV Pro are available now and will ship in the US, Canada and selected European countries. Those living in Asia and Australia/New Zealand will have to wait and see if NVIDIA avails this in the region.