NVIDIA hasn’t necessarily had the fame its fought for in the smartphone and tablet space, which is rather sad since the days of the Tegra 3 disappointments are long gone. As a result the company has branched out to create its own hardware in order to showcase its capabilities, and some of these products are rather cool and unique. One of these is the NVIDIA Shield Android TV box, which was launched back in May, and that just received a major update.
One of the major improvements with the update is the inclusion of GeForce Now, which is like a Netflix for games. The idea here is that you pay $7.99 a month, and this allows you to stream from a list of more than 50 games to your shield box, without the need to have to wait for a full digital download. This feature is rather cool, and should be available as of October 1st.
NVIDIA has also used this press release to announce its availability of both the Shield and the Shield Pro in the U.K., France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Availability includes shield.nvidia.com and Amazon.com, in addition to Game, Scan, Cyberport, MediaMarkt, Saturn, LDLC, Materiel, Komplett and Elkjopp.
An even more interesting announcement is that Google has chosen to offer the NVIDIA Shield Android TV box to prospective Google Fiber customers where available, so streaming games will be a breeze in the crazy speeds we know Fiber is able to offer.