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NVIDIA’s SHIELD is the Only Android TV Set-Top Box You’ll Need

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

After NVIDIA announced the SHIELD set-top box / game console this week, I saw a random Internet commenter state that it was nothing more than “OUYA 2.0.” While the thought is mildly humorous, SHIELD is much more than what OUYA ever was, hoped to be, and ever will be.

With the birth of Android TV last year, NVIDIA is placing a bet on the living room, and if the upward tick in smart TV purchases is any preliminary indicator, the company could have a very successful product on their hands.

Thankfully, NVIDIA is offering much more than just a plain Android TV box, something that already exists in the Nexus Player for just $99. SHIELD doubles as a complete game console, capable of running AAA titles (a classification term used for games with the highest development budgets and levels of promotion), such as Crysis 3, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, GRID 2, and DOOM 3.

Linked up to NVIDIA’s own GRID game-streaming network, with servers placed all across the globe thanks to a partnership with Amazon, owners are able to sit back on the couch and experience a few of the newest games available. At launch, NVIDIA plans to have 50 games accessible through GRID, but that number is sure to grow fast as new games are produced all of the time.

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Not only does SHIELD offer these console-grade game titles through NVIDIA’s servers, but owners also have access to Google Play, which brings all of its content to the device. This content includes movies, music, apps, games, and anything else that your little heart might desire. This simple fact makes SHIELD and the Android TV platform as a whole quite powerful.

Having owned pretty much all of NVIDIA’s product offerings that involved Android, I can speak from experience that the company takes their ventures quite seriously. In terms of updating their devices, the SHIELD Tablet was one of the first to receive the Lollipop update after Google released it, with NVIDIA still pumping out updates in a timely manner to this day. If you have been burned by companies not getting updates out to you, and we all know this can be very important for Android users, then there should be no better option than SHIELD.

As for accessories, the SHIELD console can be paired to a SHIELD Remote, which is based of off Google’s own design that is seen with the Nexus Player. But more importantly, the system comes with a SHIELD Controller, which carries a value of $60 on NVIDIA’s website. This piece of hardware will be crucial for those of you who want to take advantage of NVIDIA’s GRID network.

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For potential buyers concerned about specs, NVIDIA has your back. SHIELD comes featuring a Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell GPU, 3GB of RAM, is 4K-ready, 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi connectivity, gigabit ethernet, MicroSD slot, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, and an HDMI 2.0 port. Stack those stats against any Android TV box on the market and it can’t be touched.

The overall package, at least in my eyes as a consumer, has no comparison. As someone who enjoys gaming, by myself and with friends, the SHIELD will be the ultimate Android TV experience for anyone’s home priced at just $199.

What is your take on SHIELD and Android TV?

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Doom 3, Crysis will be coming to NVIDIA’s SHIELD Android TV

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

So NVIDIA’s big reveal at the MWC 2015 is an Android TV gaming hub – aptly named the NVIDIA SHIELD (yes, again). This device marks the third time this naming convention has been used for one of NVIDIA’s devices – first for what is now the SHIELD Portable, and then the SHIELD Tablet. But enough of the name, the exciting part is that you’re going to be able to run DOOM 3 and Crysis – yes, freaking Crysis – on the new NVIDIA SHIELD.

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The new gaming hub from NVIDIA is not yet market ready as of now, but our hands-on session gives us the impression that there is very little to tweak with this sweet box – it feels like the finished product. The NVIDIA SHIELD runs specifically on two basic foundations – first is the new Tegra X1 processor, which gives the box its muscle to run resource-intensive games like Crysis. The second is Android TV, which NVIDIA has chosen as the interface of choice for their hub.

DOOM 3 will come out pretty much the way you know the game from its Windows PC and Xbox 360 versions – with engaging single-player and multi-player formats. Crysis, on the other hand, has been the benchmark for putting up gaming rigs since time immemorial (we exaggerate, of course) because it takes processors and GPUs to the limit. It is surprising that the Tegra X1 has enough muscle to even run it – nevermind running it well, which it does (see videos above and below).

So when the NVIDIA SHIELD TV hub comes out this year, we’re gonna make sure we pony up the USD$199 for it. Sweet, sweet price point, by the way. Feels like Android gaming is getting a boost into the future.

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VIA: SlashGear (1), (2)

Nvidia to launch GRID game streaming in May

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Nvidia has just unveiled details about its upcoming GRID game streaming service, which will offer AAA titles at up to 1080p 60fps over your internet connection. The company has dubbed it the “Netflix of games” and the platform will launch with more than 50 games in its catalogue.

GRID will operate with two different subscription options, a basic package and a “premium” tier, which doesn’t have a price yet. A decent internet connection is a requirement to stream games without lag, as Nvidia has targeted a reasonably low latency of 150ms between the user and its servers.

Nvidia demoed a handful of games reportedly streaming from its servers. Some big names already running on the streaming platform include Batman: Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Resident Evil: Revelations 2. GRID will be used to bring all of these titles, and more, to Nvidia’s newly announced Shield 4K gaming console. Visual quality seems marginally lower than playing the game directly on a PC or console, but it holds up very well overall and some level of video compression is expected in order to keep latency low enough.

Nvidia has been promising this technology for a quite a while, but the streaming service is now scheduled to launch in May, alongside the Shield 4K. You can already check out the list of launch titles on Nvidia’s GRID website.

Nvidia Shield 4K console announced: 4K, Tegra X1 and Android TV for $199

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Taking the stage at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the company’s latest creation in mobile gaming, the Nvidia Shield console.

Running Android TV, the Nvidia Shield is an Android console powered by the powerful Tegra X1 processor that Nvidia unveiled at CES earlier this year. The strength of Nvidia’s chips has always laid in their graphical processing capabilities, and the beefy Maxwell 256-core GPU inside the Tegra X1 means the Nvidia Shield console can handle state of the art Android games, as well as streamed console games from Nvidia’s Grid service.

Encased in cast aluminum, the Shield console looks a bit like a slim PS3, but it features Nvidia’s well known angular design accents.

Complementing the Tegra X1 chip are 3 GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (microSD supported), 7.1 audio, 4K playback and capture, and 802.11ac WiFi. The console is fairly portable, at 654 grams and 130x210x25 mm.

Nvidia is promising over 50 Shield-optimized Android games for the device, including some big titles like Crysis 3, Doom 3: BFG Edition and Borderlands: TPS. Thanks to Grid integration, console games like Batman: Arkham Origins, GRID 2 and Metro: Last Light Redux will be available for streaming from Nvidia’s cloud. And, thanks to Android TV, Shield can run hundreds of thousands of apps from the Play Store.

The Nvidia Shield console will go on sale from May at $199, a controller included.

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New SHIELD Android TV Console Brings 4K Entertainment to Every Home — Harnessing Tegra X1, Android TV OS and GRID Game-Streaming Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 3, 2015) – Game Developers Conference – NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today introduced NVIDIA® SHIELD™, the world’s first Android™ TV console, which delivers video, music, apps and amazing games to the home.

Built on Android TV, SHIELD can play top-quality 4K video content, includes one-click access to Google Voice Search and provides the richness of Android’s app ecosystem.

SHIELD is a sleek device that comes loaded with cutting-edge NVIDIA technologies, including the recently launched NVIDIA® Tegra® X1 processor.

SHIELD is also the gateway to the NVIDIA GRID™ game-streaming service. Powered by GeForce® GTX™ supercomputers in the cloud, GRID delivers an on-demand “Netflix for games” experience at up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second.

“SHIELD will change the way we enjoy digital entertainment at home,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. “It’s an incredibly powerful, efficient and advanced living room entertainment device. It’s the best Android TV experience. And it can transform into a serious gaming machine. It’s made to game.”

Made to Game
SHIELD — sold with the SHIELD controller made for serious gaming — is a single platform with access to a wealth of great games.

First, 50+ Android titles optimized for SHIELD will be available for download, including AAA titles like Crysis 3, Doom 3®: BFG EditionT and Borderlands: TPS. These can be played at blistering speed, thanks to SHIELD’s Tegra X1 processor, with its 256-core Maxwell™ architecture GPU and 64-bit CPU.

Second, favorite AAA titles, including console games, can be streamed using the GRID on-demand game-streaming service. GRID will include with its subscription price access to 50 titles, such as Batman: Arkham Origins, GRID 2 and Metro: Last Light Redux, with additional titles added each week.

Third, the GRID service can be used to purchase and stream new release AAA titles — including Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt coming later this year.

Broad Developer Support
Some of the world’s leading game developers and publishers have embraced SHIELD and the GRID service.

“The incredible processing power of Tegra X1 enables us to bring Doom 3: BFG to Android and we’re excited by the possibilities that GRID is bringing to gaming.”
- Tim Willits, studio director, id Software

“Tegra X1’s enormous processing capabilities running on Android TV gives us access to a much broader audience, and we’re delighted to partner with NVIDIA to explore a variety of exciting possibilities for SHIELD, including the remastering of the survival horror classic,Resident Evil 5.”
- Jun Takeuchi, managing corporate officer, CAPCOM

“SHIELD is definitely made to game and thanks to Tegra X1 we have The Witcher: Battle Arena playing natively on SHIELD. With GRID, we’ll be able to bring new hit games to fans immediately.”
- Benjamin Lee, The Witcher: Battle Arena lead producer, CDPROJEKT

Pricing and Availability
SHIELD will be available in May, starting at $199 with a controller. Optional accessories include additional controllers, a remote control and a stand enabling the device to stand vertically.

SHIELD is the central member of the SHIELD family of devices, complementing the SHIELD tablet, the ultimate tablet for gamers; and the SHIELD portable, the ultimate portable gaming device. More information is available at http://shield.nvidia.com.

NVIDIA’s Grid service will require a paid subscription in June

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

nvidia-logoNVIDIA’s Grid service allows gamers to stream PC games to a Shield device from anywhere. It differs from GameStream in that NVIDIA provides the host computer, so you don’t actually need a gaming computer to handle the processing. Up until now, that service has been free for anyone, but that looks like it’ll change in the coming months.

This June, one month after the launch of the set-top Shield, NVIDIA will begin charging a subscription fee for Grid. There’s no word on how much that sub will cost, and it doesn’t look like it’ll make its way out of the Shield family, but if you were thinking about buying into NVIDIA’s ecosystem, here’s a heads up.

source: SlashGear

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NVIDIA enters the streaming box market with the Android TV-powered Shield

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

NVIDIA_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014The set-top streaming box market is already pretty crowded, with nearly every manufacturer offering some kind of streaming dongle or device. NVIDIA has been a holdout, but now they’ve announced a new Shield device designed specifically for streaming content to your television. The company already utilizes streaming technology with their portable Shield devices, so this move makes perfect sense.

The new Shield box is obviously purposed for playing games on your television screen and packs very capable specs for an Android TV box. You’ll get NVIDIA’s latest Tegra X1 CPU paired with a speedy Maxwell GPU and 3 GB of RAM, which can output 4k at 60 FPS. That hardware combination should have no problem pushing any available Android game. The device has 16 GB of internal storage with support for up to 128 GB microSD cards, and it’s bundled with a Shield controller for playing games.

Since it’s a Shield device, you’ll be able to use NVIDIA’s Grid technology to stream controller optimized PC games to the device, which makes for a very easy way to play games from a powerful Windows computer on your television. NVIDIA GameStream should also work, but you’ll need an NVIDIA GPU in that computer, obviously, but if you’re buying the Shield, that’s likely not an issue.

NVIDIA is launching the Shield at multiple markets, trying to tackle smart TVs, streaming boxes, game consoles, and Steam boxes all in one. It’s bold, but it looks like NVIDIA is offering a fantastic product to pull it off.

Expect the Shield to launch in May for $199. It comes with the Shield, a controller, an HDMI cable, a micro USB cable, and a power cable.

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The new NVIDIA SHIELD: hands-on with Android TV, gaming style

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

NVIDIA is once again shuffling names, this time maybe for the last time. The NVIDIA SHIELD moniker once belonged to what is now known as the SHIELD Portable, a standalone gaming handheld that looked like a gamepad with a built-in tablet on top. Now the name is being used, without specification unlike the SHIELD Tablet, to refer to NVIDIA’s MWC 2015 surprise: an Android TV device. OK, maybe it’s not all too shocking considering the direction it has been going, but it makes the surprise no less pleasant nonetheless.

To be clear, NVIDIA isn’t coming out yet with a market-ready system. What it is showing off at Barcelona is supposedly still a developer edition, but it looks quite finished already. The box, or thin slate to be more precise, runs on nothing less than the latest Tegra X1, the fastest mobile chip on the block. At least on paper. Since there is no other device in the market yet, our reference point will solely be the NVIDIA SHIELD. There’s plenty of RAM at 3 GB. There is only 16 GB of memory inside, though the assortment of ports on the device suggests you can expand it beyond that. In fact, the microSD card slot can support up to 2 TB in theory. Now the problem is actually finding one of that capacity. Besides that, you an HDMI port, 2 regular sized USB ports, a micro USB one, and Gigabit Ethernet. As for video output, it can support 4K resolutions, both playback and capture, in 60 fps, which is a lot more than any current gen console can do.

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On the software side, of course you’ve got Android TV. And in true NVIDIA fashion, it’s as faithful to the vanilla experience as it can be. There are definitely some changes, mostly in the realm of apps. In particular, here you’ll see NVIDIA’s GameStream and GRID apps. The former lets you stream your games from your own PC to the SHIELD. The latter, which is also seeing a massive announcement today, lets you stream PC games from NVIDIA’s remote servers.

We’ve seen Android TV before, but NVIDIA leaves little to the imagination that its slab is more oriented towards gaming. In fact, while it comes with the SHIELD controller out of the box, it doesn’t come with a standard remote control. That one will be a separate purchase. That remote has a d-pad, some buttons, and a dedicated button for doing voice search, the staple of Google’s vision for Android TV. It almost seems as if the “TV” part of the experience is almost an afterthought. That said, at least NVIDIA is planning on selling one, which cannot be said of the Razer Forge TV, the other gaming-focused Android TV incarnation.

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The NVIDIA SHIELD is a beast! How do we know? Why just look at the games that the company is demoing on the floor.

Doom 3 on Android

Crysis 3 on Android

It’s Crysis 3! On Android! Crysis has been one of the games that have been the benchmark for gaming rigs for some years, and it seems that it will take on a similar role on Android devices soon. How soon, we still don’t know. It might also very well be an exclusive to NVIDIA’s devices. At least for the time being.

Here are some more games, this time using NVIDIA”s GRID streaming platform:

Dying Light via GRID

Ultra Street Fighter IV via GRID

If that has gotten you drooling, the most painful part will be waiting for the product to finally launch. It won’t be too long, though, with May being named as the month when it all happens. And when it does, the NVIDIA SHIELD will carry a $199 price tag. Definitely a sweet sweet price considering you get both the device itself and the wireless controller. The remote control will be announced separately, with a separate price tag, of course.

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NVIDIA Announces the NVIDIA SHIELD Set-Top Box for the Living Room

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

At tonight’s “Made to Game” event in San Francisco, NVIDIA unveiled its newest product, a set-top box for the living room called the NVIDIA SHIELD.

The box features a high-performance WiFi system, USB connectors, gigabit ethernet port, and more. The NVIDIA SHIELD runs Android TV, and in fact, is the world’s first 4K Android TV box. The box comes with a remote, which doubles as the mic you use to control Android TV. 

Powering the NVIDIA SHIELD is a Tegra X1 superchip, and thanks to this, the set-top box is able to play games like no one’s business. 50+ games will be available through the SHIELD Store, which will launch alongside the device. Select titles include DOOM 3 BFG Edition, Borderlands: Pre-Sequel, Crysis 3, Resident Evil 5, and many others.

The NVIDIA SHIELD is priced at just $199. Not only are you getting the console, but NVIDIA is also bundling in the SHIELD Controller, all for the same price. Now that’s a solid deal.

Lastly, NVIDIA is officially launching the NVIDIA GRID Game-Streaming Service, which will be available to buyers of the NVIDIA SHIELD.

SHIELD is set to hit US consumers in May.

Via: NVIDIA

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Stream NVIDIA’s Made to Game Event Here

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

NVIDIA sent out invites to a “Made to Game” event a few weeks ago, where the company stated they would unveil something “more than five years in the making.” Tonight, we get to see what that thing is. 

If you would like to join in on the fun, NVIDIA is streaming the event on Twitch, watchable by anyone. Any ideas what we should expect?

Follow the action right here.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet receives hotfix with minor enhancements

Posted by wicked February - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Owners of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet should start noticing a popup to install an update with minor enhancements. Labeled version 2.2.1, this hotfix improves areas such as the display and video streaming.

The update includes the following according to NVIDIA:

  • Display color-space correction
  • Improvements to Netflix experience

Source: NVIDIA

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