Nvidia brings its gaming expertise to the Irish streaming box market with the game-centric Nvidia Shield TV.
Buy any new TV and it will invariably come with a range of smart TV streaming features, but the updates to those devices can be spotty, to put it politely. An increasing number of people are sidestepping those issues by using dedicated streaming set-top boxes such as Apple TV.
Nvidia’s take on a streaming box has a distinctly gaming flavour, as you might expect, and is an option in the busy streaming box market.
What does the Nvidia Shield TV do?
The Nvidia Shield TV is an Android TV device, which means it’s running Google’s specific Android variant for large-screened TV experiences. That means that the Nvidia Shield TV works with a wide range of apps as well as the “Cast” ability of devices such as the Google Chromecast for sending video or image content from Android or iOS apps.
The Nvidia Shield TV supports video output at up to 4K HDR, as long as you’ve got compatible material to view and a TV that scales up that high.
The Nvidia Shield TV features ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity for streaming purposes, as well as two USB ports at the rear for attaching other devices. That’s not just a storage play, either, as it will support external peripherals such as keyboards, mice, gaming controllers or even web cameras. It’s also Bluetooth enabled for easy pairing with headphones and supported game controllers.
Games are key to Nvidia’s DNA, so it’s not surprising that the Nvidia Shield TV is a TV set-top box with gaming in mind. It will natively support Android TV-based games without a doubt. If you’ve got an Nvidia-powered gaming PC on the same network, you will be able to use Nvidia’s GameStream feature, which allows you to send your PC’s output to your TV.
The final piece of the Nvidia gaming puzzle is one that many gamers have been waiting on for a long time. That’s GeForce Now, Nvidia’s game streaming server which skips out on the local PC in favour of an Nvidia server providing high-quality gaming goodness.
GeForce Now absolutely requires a high-quality broadband connection to work properly, because even a tiny amount of system lag would be lethal for all but the slowest strategy titles.
Which services is Nvidia Shield TV compatible with?
Nvidia highlights compatibility with a whole host of apps including the popular ones such as Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, IPLA, Onet VOD and MUBI.
How much does Nvidia Shield TV cost?
The Nvidia Shield TV retails in Ireland for EUR199.99 with just a standard media controller remote or EUR219.99 with the media controller remote and an Nvidia Shield controller.