Nvdia has released a new generation of its Shield TV game and media-streaming devices.
Updated, redesigned versions of the Shield TV and Shield TV Pro are available now, priced at £149 and £199 (for the base versions) respectively. Both models feature Nvidia’s Tegra X1+ processor, and support the Dolby Vision imaging standard along with Dolby Atmos 3D sound. Perhaps their most attractive new feature is AI-based upscaling from HD to 4K resolution; Nvidia claims that the Tegra X1+’s: “Computational prowess dramatically improves picture quality by using AI to upscale HD video streams into 4K resolution.”
Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the PC business at Nvidia, said: “These new models provide a big step up for Shield, which has consistently delivered ground-breaking innovations in the living room since its introduction five years ago. They deliver unquestionably best-in-class entertainment, supported by Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and our breakthroughs in using AI to improve video streaming playback.”
Both new Shield TV models also boast Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi, along with a new remote control that has motion-activated buttons, a remote locator and a microphone. The Shield TV Pro comes with an extra 3Gb of memory and 16Gb of storage, along with two USB ports that can be used to connect additional storage devices.
Like their predecessors, the Shield TV and Shield TV Pro run Android, providing access to a claimed 500,000 movies and TV series, plus over 5,000 apps and games via Google Play. And they also allow gamers to access Nvidia’s GeForce Now beta, the company’s own streaming games service, bringing a host of free-to-play PC games.
To find out more about the new Shield TV models, head to their website.