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- Enjoy infinite entertainment on a single, easy-to-use device, including movies and shows in 4K—now with HDR, the next big thing in TV technology. Plus, access your favorite songs at the touch of a button, and a new generation of great games.
- Get the best experience in Netflix and YouTube with support for 4K HDR in Netflix, 4K 60fps in YouTube, and universal voice search and private listening in both. Plus, access thousands more apps, including favorites like CBC News, Spotify, MLB.TV, Plex, Twitch, Crackle, and Kodi (XBMC) — all powered by Android TV™.
- Just say what you want to see and let Google's revolutionary voice search technology find it within seconds. Then get the most comprehensive search results of any streaming device with results from over 60 apps, including Netflix, YouTube, HULU, HBO, VUDU, and more. And Chromecast is built-in, so you can cast from your Android or iOS phone to the big screen.
- Expand your entertainment with the most advanced gaming of any streaming media player. Play next-gen Android games only available on SHIELD or stream popular PC games from the cloud with GeForce NOW™.
- Experience unbeatable performance that delivers the best streaming media experience—3X faster than Apple TV, 4X faster than Fire TV, and 10X faster than Roku 4. SHIELD features 16 GB of storage (expandable up to 128 GB), the SHIELD controller, and an HDMI cable
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Rule the Living Room.
Transform your TV experience with NVIDIA SHIELD. The hottest movies and shows in brilliant 4K HDR. Your favorite songs at the touch of a button. And a new generation of great games.
Features at a Glance
- NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor
- 256-core NVIDIA graphics
- 64-bit CPU
- 3 GB RAM
- Android TV, Google Cast Ready
- HDMI 2.0b, 4K Ultra HD with HDR
- 16 GB storage
- MicroSD card slot for additional storage
- 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Two USB 3.0, one micro-USB port
- SHIELD controller included
Let Google’s advanced voice commands do the work for you. Quickly find what you want with search results from over 60 top apps, including Netflix, HULU, VUDU, HBO, YouTube, and more. Even cast a show or pictures to your TV from your PC, Android, or iOS device with built-in Google Cast.*
*Casting optimized for selected services only. Streaming quality for other content might vary. Supported operating systems and devices: Android 2.3 and higher, iOS 7 and higher, Windows 7 and higher, Mac OS 10.7 and higher and Chrome OS (version 38 or higher).
TV Shows and Movies in 4K HDR
Watch in 4K HDR from apps like Netflix*, KODI (XBMC), and PLEX. Enjoy rich Dolby 7.1 or Dolby Atmos surround sound**. And plug your headphones into your SHIELD controller or remote for private listening.
Marvel’s Daredevil MARVEL & ABC Studios
*Netflix Ultra HD and HDR limitations apply. Visit nflx.it/4K and nflx.it/HDR.
** Audio pass-through
*** SHIELD stand sold separately
Built to Perform
The advanced NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor delivers up to 25 times the performance of popular streaming devices*. Plus, with 16 GB of storage, a MicroSD slot, and USB 3.0 ports for expandable storage, you now have the speed, power, and storage to rule the living room the way you want.
*Compared to Roku 3 (GFXBench T-Rex benchmark)
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Stream PC Games from the Cloud
GeForce NOW lets you stream a library of new and classic PC games at up to 1080p* resolution at 60 FPS from NVIDIA gaming supercomputers in the cloud. Enjoy a collection of 50 classic titles or buy newly released games from our online store and play them immediately—all for just $7.99 per month. Sign-up for our free three-month trial today!
*See www.geforcenow.com for more details.
Play SHIELD Games on the Big Screen
SHIELD is the best way to enjoy premium Android games—from family favorites and indie hits to the most advanced Android TV games with rich gameplay and intense multiplayer action.
Transform your TV experience with NVIDIA SHIELD. The hottest movies and shows in brilliant 4K HDR. Your favorite songs at the touch of a button. And a new generation of great games.Let Googles advanced voice commands do the work for you. Quickly find what you want with search results from over 60 top apps, including Netflix, HULU, VUDU, HBO, YouTube, and more. Even cast a show or pictures to your TV from your PC, Android, or iOS device with built-in Google Cast. Watch in 4K HDR from apps like Netflix, YouTube, KODI (XBMC), and PLEX. Enjoy rich Dolby 7.1 and Dolby Atmos surround sound. And plug your headphones into your SHIELD controller or remote for private listening. Watch in 4K Ultra HD Access apps like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube Play exclusive Android games Stream popular PC games with GeForce NOW Built-in Chromecast and Google Voice Search
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Only complaint is the Google play store is not the full featured one you'd find on your phone, and there are games I'd love to play on the big screen but cannot sure to this feature. They'd also have to be configured to work with the controller, and even if they did have the full play store it would be useless since the games are designed for touch screen only.
Buyer beware - Nvidia is phasing out this first generation model in anticipation of the release of the second, so sellers are gouging buyers with high prices for used product. If you are wanting to get one, check your local electronics store, or wait for the new model.
* Apps are buggy, and tend to crash frequently (Learnback Launcher has crashed 3 times in the last week alone)
* Amazon Prime is now included, but the app is a little sluggish, and the experience is definitely not the same as when using the Fire Stick
* My gaming remote broke (two buttons stopped working), and was replaced by NVidia. It worked fine for a month but now it just refuses to sync with the device. Effectively, I can't use the Shield's gaming ability, which is fine since my favorite games tend to crash out more often than not.
Don't get me wrong - I loved this console when it was announced and was eagerly waiting for its release. Based on the hardware and all the specs released, it seemed like a killer product. It was the perfect device for home entertainment - A 4K capable Netflix device with some casual gaming on the side. After having owned this for nearly a year, I think its safe to say that the execution has simply not lived to the expectations.
Before getting to the not so great aspects, I have to say that this is a gorgeous looking device that looks stunning from any angle. It is sleek, and sharp. The straight lines and the aggressive corners all make for a very compact and unique package. The green LED that runs across the top bezel also helps add to oomph.
Turn on the device and you are greeted with an easy to use interface that "learns" to show things that you like. The Android OS is pretty awesome at syncing everything together, and if you've ever used any smartphone, you should feel fairly comfortable navigating the various apps that are available, and downloading more from the app store.
Unfortunately, this is where the problem begins. The OS is simply not designed to be used in a device like the shield. It feels like NVidia has simply molded the OS to somewhat fit, and has done a very sloppy job in the process. The Netflix app, which I use a lot, constantly drops the multi channel audio streams - movies and TV shows that I know have surround sound often play in stereo (I have the Shield hooked up to my receiver with a 5.1 setup). More often than not, I am forced to close the app and restart it to get the surround sound option back.HBO GO has the same issue, and surround sound is something that is never provided, even though I can play the same title back in full surround while using ChromeCast. There is no option for Amazon Prime videos.
Apps seem to crash more often than not (refer the picture I've attached). This can lead to a lot of frustration, especially if you are an ardent gamer. I love playing Asphalt 8 on the shield, when it works. However, the frequency of crashes have increased, and this just makes it not worth it.
The fact that app updates take forever to be available on the Google Play Store for this device is another issue - the latest Asphalt 8 update took over a month for us Shield users. This can be annoying, as one cannot participate in the multiplayer events while on the older version.
If all these kinks are fixed and the apps are more stable, this device could be awesome. However, if you are looking for something to watch 4K streaming content seamlessly, you might be better served by one of the many other alternatives available today.
I am using Netflix, hulu, slingtv, play movies, youtube, hdhomerun and a little bit of plex.
*Netflix – I originally didn’t think I would need this app since I had a built in app on the tv. I was wrong. My built in tv app has always been painful to use (slow/sluggish). With shield, it is super snappy. Takes a lot of irritation out of my browsing experience. And the 4k picture looks great. My only wishlist for Netflix is that they integrate into the google global voice search. I think this is on Netflix to enable though in their app.
*Hulu – works great. And integrated into global voice search.
*Play movies – works great (as expected). Also integrated into global voice search.
*Youtube – ditto.
*Hdhomerun – Live channels (and IP-TV in general) is a great addition here. My TV’s are not in an OTA antenna “friendly” area of my house. I can put my hdhomerun+antenna anywhere I have a network port. Lets me set up the antenna in a great reception area. The live channels app is great as well – brings the legacy channel surfing experience to the box. And quality is surprisingly good (HD quality). My only wish here is to incorporate DVR capabilities. I’ve heard that this is coming with an hdhomerun app update. I have also heard that Tablo supports this today (but have not tried my tablo yet with this product).
*SlingTV – works great. Quality great and rounds out my basic channel need that I don’t get with the apps above (ESPN, CN, adult swim, AMC, TNT, HBO…). My wishlist here is the same as every other SlingTV customer. Would be so nice to have DVR, VOD services :)
*Plex – I don’t really have any 4k content but I do have plenty of 1080p. Plex worked great on the box – really snappy compared to other plex implementations and have not seen any compatibility issues. Plus plex content also gets picked up in global voice search.
*Cast – And of course this device supports cast so no need for chromecasts on the TV anymore. Cast also covers all of the above wishlist items until native ATV apps are available.
There are other apps for cord-cutters available as well (cinema now, ultraflix, crackle, etc) – don’t really use these so no review.
Apps I am looking forward to getting on this device – slingbox client (heard you can sideload app but prefer them to just have an ATV client). Amazon IV (don’t know status but hoping). HBOnow (heard this is coming shortly – while SlingTV gives me live HBO, with HBOnow I can get all the video on demand content). ESPNGo (essentially same comment as HBOnow).
Overall this is alread the most complete cord-cutting solution I have found (I have tried an apple tv, roku, nexus player, fire tv). And is implemented extremely well. The fact that it is attached to the android ecosystem should also deliver a lot of independent innovation quickly. For example, there is already a video conferencing app available for the device (Tellybean - have not tried it yet). And has all the advantages of the google infrastructure behind it (for example shield has by far the best voice search recognition – nexus should be as good but I think they use a cheaper mic solution). Looking forward to seeing this open TV platform grow.
First I’ll state that I am a PC gamer. While I have an older PS3, for the past 4 years or so I’ve only played on a PC (better graphics, wider ecosystem of games and more flexible imo). Second, while shield tv does many things great in gaming, it does not replace the dedicated console for some gamers. I’ll explain.
There are essentially 3 ways to game on shield tv. Local games, gamestreaming from your PC (works great! But requires a GeForce card in your PC), and GRID (gaming in the cloud).
If you are a gamer who is focused on today’s AAA games and you do not have a GeForce enabled PC (you only play on a console), this product won’t replace your console yet.
If you are a gamer who has a GeForce PC or you are a gamer who wants to play last year’s AAA titles or you are a gamer who wants to play android games then this product can easily replace your console.
I’ve tried all 3 game methods on shield and my impressions are as below.
*Local games – every android game I have tried runs like butter (as one would expect) including Talos. From NVIDIA’s launch event, I see many more high end titles coming (Borderlands TPS, Crysis, etc). I doubt any other android platform will be able to run these games at playable frame rates. I can’t review them yet as they aren’t available but looking forward to the android gaming ecosystem to move up in quality. I would advise getting the Pro platform with the HDD if you plan on downloading a lot of higher end local games (or can use an sdcard/usb harddrive in most cases – but has some limits). My wishlist here is to get these (and more) games released!
*Gamestreaming – works like butter over my home network. Lets me play all my pc games locally on the big screen. Quality/latency are great. If you are looking for a path to get latest AAA content in the living room without the PS4/XB1 then this is the way for you. I’ll note that for games I like to play, the PC gaming ecosystem is bigger (and cheaper) for me. Don’t see any need for improvement here.
*GRID – works well but needs reasonably good ping times. I do see this as the future of gaming. I have 20mbit service. For me this delivers 720p gaming fairly well. There is minor hitching (looks like only 1 or 2 frames) every minute or so but certainly playable and no different than you get from local PC content when your settings are cranked up. Latency is good but not great (my ping times are in the 40-50ms range to ISP and generally 80-90ms to game servers). It is certainly playable/enjoyable. And video quality is quite good (game settings generally are cranked up). To be clear, my PS3 does still provide a slightly better twitch response than GRID – I suspect this is due to my network conditions. Also I learned you should not be doing large file downloads in the background while playing GRID. With all this said, this is actually my wife’s favorite feature of the product – GRID has a large selection of lego games – She has now fully taken over the living room - I expect I will see her again in a few weeks at this point :) And this is the other really nice benefit for GRID – the range of titles is pretty large and with a lot of wide gaming appeal (racing, family, etc). The other cool thing about GRID is the fact that NVIDIA will be upgrading my GeForce in the cloud as needed when new, more demanding games come. My wishlist here is threefold – (1) I wish I had consistent sub-30ms ping times (i.e. I wish I had a better ISP), (2) More GRID datacenters (get me closer to the datacenter for lower ping times), (3) Lets get the latest AAA content up on GRID! (Witcher3???). Bottom line, if you have reasonably good ping times to a GRID server and acceptable bw (I know 20mbit works well) GRID rocks.
I just realized I have not tried out any of the game capture/twitch services. I don’t normally use these but I believe product also supports broadcasting your gaming as well.
I should also add that I am using a netgear R7000 router on 5GHz band. I also briefly tested 2.4GHz band and wired Ethernet. Video experience was same across all 3 configs as far as I could tell. I did see differences with gaming. 2.4GHz generated a few stutters with gamestream and even more with GRID. While Ethernet gave the best experience all around.
Overall product is great today (as evidenced by my 5 star review). There are still small improvements that can be made (mostly on the app side as detailed above) – if I could give a 4.8 star review I would :) And you do need a reasonably good network connection to get the most out of GRID (low and consistent ISP ping times). But this is the first device that I think I can do a full cord-cut without any significant compromises. And it is a great family/casual gaming platform as well (is now my wife’s favorite gaming platform).
Two quick notes on my update:
1) Take the software update as soon as you unpack and plug in. I didn't do this on my second unit and was wondering why I didn't see netflix (and saw some crashes which I did not see on my first unit) until I took the update.
2) There are more games for shield available through the nvidia game store than are showing in the google play store. Don't know why since the game store sends you to the play store. Just know that a lot of the high end games are only showing up through the nvidia game store icon.
Tablo works great with the device as well (and tablo has the DVR function today with a harddrive). Quality of tablo video is very good (a bit better than hdhomerun). But tablo does not integrate into live channels app yet and the channel switching is a bit slower. Nor does tablo have the cablecard option that hdhomerun has (but I don't use this).