Nvidia Shield TV: 4K and HDR Support, as well as Google Now Assistant makes it a stand out


Nvidia had this week announced their upgraded Shield TV at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The already popular set-top-box by Nvidia probably has good reason to be the best one out this year thanks to its new 4K and HDR support.

According to a report by TechnoBuffalo, the new Shield TV will be available for a price of $199 when it’s available next month. At that price, HDR-ready and 4K streaming are going to be the most awaited features that users have been pining for, especially since they can play their games and also view their favourite shows and movies in unadulterated 4K resolution. In another new welcome feature, Nvidia has also announced that the player will come with Amazon Video that will also be able to stream in 4K HDR. It’ll be the world’s first Android TV set-up to offer this.

Of course, even existing Shield TV devices will get this feature for themselves, thanks to an update that will reach them by the end of this month. The set top box will also feature Google Assistant, being one of the early birds to get the chance to showcase Google’s powerful AI tech on the Home entertainment spectrum. This will allow for hands free voice commands through the Shield’s remote. There’ also a special add-on peripheral called the Nvidia Spot which can be put anywhere inside the house.

Why the Nvidia is so popular already is because apart from providing a pretty sleek TV viewing experience, it’s also got its own gaming subscription plan for users that allows them to stream more 100 PC games. The service called GeForce Now takes advantage of its extensive library of games and with the new 4K HDR update, this could probably make the experience better if they’re going to be compatible.

The new Shield TV is going to be available for $199 on pre-order and the extra accessory – the Spot will be available for $50 a pop.

Now because of the more beefed up feature-spec, the internals probably will get a lot beefier as well, and we are expecting a more capable and powerful processor chip, but in the keynote address by CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, no mention of it was made, according to Engadget. Perhaps it’s kept under wraps for a bigger unveiling later on.


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