NVIDIA launches Shield Android TV box with Tegra X1
Last month, NVIDIA sent out invites for a press event this week, talking a lot about gaming. We offered some speculation on what that news might bring, from a new Shield Portable to something involving its GRID cloud gaming service. Now the company is drawing back the curtain on its latest product, announcing the Shield home console running Android TV.
Like other Android TV devices, Shield can be as much a media center as game console, but for NVIDIA, it’s gaming where it really wants Shield to shine. The box is powered by the company’s latest Tegra X1 SoC, armed with a 256-core Maxwell GPU and outfitted with 3GB of RAM. There will be 16GB built-in storage, microSD expansion, and easy HDMI connectivity to home entertainment systems.
Sales of Shield will get started in May, with the console going for just about $200. It will come with one wireless Shield Controller, the same kind that works with the Shield Tablet and usually costs $60 on its own, making this new console effectively cost closer to $140 – not bad at all when you consider Google’s Nexus Player is already $100, and Shield easily out-specs it.