Nvidia has added a new family of Android TV-based streaming devices into its numbers of products. The Nvidia Shield TV is an Android streaming box, allowing easy access to a huge library of TV apps such as Netflix, Amazon’s Prime Video and more.
The new Nvidia Shield TV is the company means of trying something a little different compare to its predecessor. It is among the very best premium Android streaming boxes thanks to support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. This TV offer users the capability to stream 4K content from popular streaming services.
Nvidia Shield TV Design
The new NVIDIA Shield TV is shaped like a tube and meant to be hidden away. It comes with a thin slim wedge shape. It is a small, slender black cylinder. The Tv comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a 4K HDR-compatible HDMI port, an Ethernet port and a proprietary power port. Wi-Fi is built-in (802.11ac dual-band) as is Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting wireless accessories. However, there’s only wired connections for power, Ethernet HDMI and storage expansion via MicroSD card.
Nvidia Shield TV remote
One of the biggest changes from previous Shield TV models is the new version’s remote control. The Shield TV’s new remote isn’t as small as the previous one, but it’s not overly large, either. The new remote handles most of the same functions as the previous generation. Nvidia also introduced additional nifty extra features to the remote. These includes a motion-activated backlight, IR control for your TV and video/equipment and a lost-remote locator.
The remote also uses 2x AAA batteries which the company claims last six months of use before requiring replacements. Nvidia has also included a lost remote locator feature on the new Shield. There’s a button on the Shield TV’s hardware which, when pressed, makes the remote beep until you find it and use it. This can also be triggered via the companion app.
Nvidia Shield TV Performance
The first major upgrade to the Shield TV range since it was introduced in 2015 is the processor. NVIDIA packed the Shield TV with Tegra X1+ processor. This new hardware packs up to 25% performance boost more than its predecessor, the Tegra X1.
The new Tegra X1+ chip enable the AI upscaling feature. This feature allows you to watch content in 4K. Shield TV employs an algorithm to allows you convert 720p and 1080p content to 4K, making images look sharper and more detailed. The AI image upscaler can be switched on or off at the push of a button. Hence, the push of a button can transform 1080p or 720p images or content to 4K resolution. There’s also 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage which gives assurance of a smooth fast experience.
The NVIDIA Shield TV also support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. These HDR and surround sound modes offers the best audio-visual experience you can get.
Nvidia also enabled the Bluetooth pad controller. That is, you are allowed to hook up your own Bluetooth controllers on the Shield TV. Hence, pads from both the PS4 and Xbox One are welcome. The TV interface remains the same as its predecessor.
NVIDIA also introduced the GeForce Now for every game lover. With the GeForce Now you’ve the option to play Android games locally, stream games from your own PC or use cloud streaming. Nvidia’s GeForce Now allows you to play AAA video games without the need for high-end hardware. This means you’ll be able to play GPU-demanding games on the low-powered Shield TV.
Although, the Nvidia Shield TV is slightly less powerful than the Pro, it is still one of the very best premium Android streaming boxes enhanced with the new AI-enhanced upscaling and NVIDIA Tegra X1+ processor.