|Item Weight||8.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.3 x 7.9 x 4.1 inches|
|Item model number||945128972500002|
|Batteries||2 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOW
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|Supported Internet Services||Netflix, Prime Video, Google Play Movies, ABC, Plex, Spotify, ESPN, YouTube, NBC, Hulu, HBO, Sling TV, CBS, Vudu, Facebook, YouTube TV See more|
|Item Weight||0.55 Pounds|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||8.3 x 7.9 x 4.1 inches|
|Controller Type||Alexa, Amazon Alexa|
About this item
- World Class performance - blazing fast and versatile enough to be a streamer, game console, media server, and smart home hub. Fully customizable, SHIELD continues to evolve and get smarter with new features
- 4K HDR home Theater - enjoy the ultimate visual experience with 4K HDR quality, immersive sound with Dolby Atoms and dots-x Surround sound pass-through, and the most 4K entertainment; Power: 40 W power adapter (5-10 W typical consumption)
- GeForce Now Beta access - transform your shield TV into a powerful GeForce-powered PC gaming rig. Play hundreds of supported titles like Fortnite and access Features like cloud saves and cross-play
- Limitless content - apps for all the movies, TV shows, games, and music you dream of. Cord cutting apps. Chromecast apps. View Google photos and search for entertainment with simple voice commands
- Google and ecosystems - the Google Assistant, Google play movies and music, and works with Google Home. Alexa controls SHIELD hands-free with echo, Plus Prime video and music. Some HDMI to DVI/VGA adapters may not support Audio. If possible, Connect your shield TV to an HDMI port on your TV without using an adapter
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World Class Performance
Incredibly fast and versatile enough to be a 4K HDR streamer, premium game console, Plex media server, smart home hub, and so much more.
GeForce NOW Beta
Instantly transform your SHIELD TV into a powerful GeForce-powered PC gaming rig.
Cut the Cord
With SHIELD you can cut the cord for good with live TV, DVR, and even live sports.
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|Connectivity Technology||Ethernet, Wi-Fi||Ethernet, Wi-Fi||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi supports 2x2 MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks.||—|
|Item Dimensions||8.3 x 7.9 x 4.1 inches||6.5 x 1.57 x 1.57 inches||5.59 x 1.5 x 0.63 inches||4.24 x 1.18 x 0.55 inches||5.6 x 1.5 x 0.64 inches|
|Item Weight||0.55 lbs||0.85 lbs||1.21 ounces||1.92 ounces||1.03 lbs|
|Supported Internet Services||Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Plex, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube TV, Spotify, HBO, Sling TV, Facebook, ESPN, CBS, NBC, ABC||Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Vudu, HBO, Browser, Disney +||Netflix; Prime Video; YouTube, Hulu; Disney+, AppleTV+; Showtime; Starz; IMDb Tv; Pluto TV; Browse millions of websites like Facebook, and Reddit using Firefox or Silk.||Netflix; Prime Video; Hulu; STARZ; SHOWTIME; HBO; IMDb Freedive; Pluto TV; Browse millions of websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit using Firefox or Silk.||Fire TV Applications available from the Amazon App Store|
|Total HDMI Ports||1||1||1||1||1|
|Total USB Ports||2||—||1||—||1|
NVIDIA Shield TV is the most advanced streaming media Player that provides endless entertainment and is the perfect fit for your google-connected lifestyle. Play your favorite shows In up to 4K HDR, share your photos, stream The latest songs, display your calendar, dim the lights, and so much more, All with just your voice. With shield, it's more than TV. It's your life—smarter and more connected. Enjoy Netflix, video, and Voodoo in stunning 4K HDR and YouTube, Google Play movies & TV, and more in up to 4K. Cut the cord with apps like YouTube TV, Sling TV or PlayStation Vie. Cast your favorite apps to your TV with Chromecast 4K built-in. Add smart things Link to turn shield into a ZigBee and Z-Wave smart home hub to wirelessly connect and automate hundreds of compatible smart devices, so they can all work together with voice commands and automations. Even use shield as a Plax media server and stream your personal media collection to any device, anywhere. NVIDIA game stream harnesses the power of your GeForce GTX graphics card to let you cast your games from your PC to your TV. Don’t have a powerful gaming rig? Just stream PC games from the cloud with GeForce now. You can also play a new class of exclusive Android games. Audio: Dolby Atmos (pass-through) and DTS-X surround sound (pass-through) over HDMI, High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192 kHz over HDMI and USB, High-resolution audio up-sample to 24-bit/192 kHz over USB, Audio support: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WAVE, AMR, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, PCM, WMA, WMA-Pro, WMA-Lossless, DD+/DTS (pass-through), Dolby TrueHD (pass-through), DTS-HD (pass-through). Video: Up to 4K HDR playback at 60 FPS (H.265/HEVC), Up to 4K playback at 60 FPS (VP8, VP9, H.264, MPEG1/2), Up to 1080p playback at 60 FPS (H.263, MJPEG, MPEG4, WMV9/VC1), Format/Container support: Xvid/ DivX/ASF/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MPEG-TS/MP4/WEB-M
Visible screen diagonal
7" / 17 cm
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This is hands-down the best tv streaming device out there. You just need to know (or google in about 5 minutes) how to use it. Most apps you need are in the included Google Play store, but you can side-load any android apps that aren’t (google it). You can put third party apps on the home screen by adding shortcuts to them (google that too). It has Netflix and Amazon streaming apps pre-installed (you need to have an account for those respective services to use them). It can play any audio or video file type with the right app. You can plug-and-play an external hard drive, and transfer files to and from other computers and drives on your network. You can stream from any device on your network. The interface is better than Fire TV, and the new Fire TV doesn’t have USB input for extra storage. You can use any programmable or learning (aka “universal”) IR remote. You can use any Bluetooth controller. You can stream live TV with the right apps if you’re a subscriber to that live TV service. It’s fast. It’s small. It looks pretty cool. Not only does it work, but there is absolutely nothing I can think of that anyone would want to do with it as a video streaming device, that this device can’t do. It is far and away the absolute best device for that purpose.
If it’s defective or faulty or DOA, return it and get another one.
Now, having said all of that, a caveat regarding gaming:
The pocessing power is there. You can stream games from PC with the right setup, and it will work for that. In the long-run though, it’s an android device. If your main intention for getting the Shield is gaming, I would recommend going with a PC, or a console instead. Retro games are flawless on the Shield, but for hardcore gamers of current games, I don’t think it’s the best choice.
As a TV, Movie, Video, and retro-games media center though, the Shield TV and an external hard drive are the best possible option out there.
As for the price. It’s a little more expensive than some other options. It was massively on sale during the Thanksgiving and “cyber” sales period. If you want the best video media center, it’s worth it.
Why you SHOULDN’T get it:
Maybe you don’t need all of that. If you just want to stream Amazon and Netflix, a Fire TV is much cheaper and performs those functions just fine. The Shield is for people who want a lot more options in their media and more control over what, where, and how to play it. You just have to know or learn how to use it. If you don’t need those extra perks, or the time and energy required to learn how to get it to do what you want isn’t worth it to you, look elsewhere.
As far as giving it one star because it was defective or DOA: return it for a replacement.
As far as giving it one star because you don’t like the remote: use a different remote.
As far as giving it a bad review because it’s too expensive: you knew how much it cost and paid for it. While I can appreciate that these issues might be frustrating, none of them is a fault of the product.
If it doesn’t do what you thought it would, you didn’t do the research first to see what the device is capable of. I did a ton of research before purchasing the Shield TV. For me, it’s not only the best option, but far surpasses the capabilities of any other choice on the market right now.
I just don’t understand all of the negative reviews.
Whats' in the box?
NVIDIA SHIELD TV
Charging Cable (for controller)
What's not in the box?
HDMI cable - This is rather annoying, but most people will have another one laying around somewhere.
Initial build quality impressions: 4/5
Unit does not have a very substantial feeling to it, feels rather lightweight and a little flimsy. Both the remote and gamepad have a good feel in my hands and I enjoy holding them. For what it is the build quality is adequate though, just don’t drop it.
Getting started: 4.5/5
Upon starting the unit you will need to setup the unit with your Google account. This can be either done using the controller or using your android smartphone / tablet. The latter, did not work for me. I received an error that something went wrong and the setup aborted on my phone. No big deal, the on screen setup is rather painless. After the setup the device will download a rather large (1.07GB) software package and then ask to restart. Upon restart the SHIELD will take you to it's main app screen.
The main interface is very clean and very fast. Apps are laid out in the traditional tile orientation with menus being very easy to navigate.
HDR Test: 4/5
One of the major reasons I purchased this is the HDR support that it offers over other boxes. So, first thing I did was sign into my Amazon Prime Instant Video account and fire up an episode of "Mozart in the Jungle". As soon as the video launched the TV switched over to HDR settings and I was good to go.
Amazon: HDR is working.
Youtube: HDR NOT working: Attempted to play "The World in HDR" TV is not switching to HDR settings
Netflix: Update 1/16/2016: HDR is now working. You need to update the Netflix app via the "Google Play Store" on the main dashboard in order to have HDR work.
Internal Storage: 3.5/5
The base version has 16GB of internal storage, which is realistically 11GB after allocation. Time will tell if this will suffice for my needs. It should be noted that a MICRO SD CAN NOT be used with the base version, that slot is only on the pro version. It did allow me to connect a 128GB USB flash drive to be used as additional internal storage.
I tested a few Android games that I bought previously from the Google Play Store. I played Final Fantasy and Goat Simulator. Both games mapped controls as if you were playing on a console and it translates well to the SHIELD. I did not try any kind of game streaming yet as I don't have access to any content at this time.
I've gotten a few questions on emulation and gamepad input lag so I did some testing on a few different emulators. So far I've tested MUPEN64, Snes9x+, ePSXe, MD.Emu and NES.Emu. In all instances the software automatically mapped the NVIDIA Gamepad to appropriate buttons. All of the games I tested ran very smoothly, with a little bit of situational lag on the N64 Emu, but this was with settings maxed. I noticed absolutely no input lag from the gamepad and everything felt very responsive. It's possible people who are very sensitive to input lag may feel differently, YMMV.
The game pad is almost the exact same size as my XBOX ONE S controller with a button layout a little closer to a Sony DUALSHOCK controller, with the D-Pad being above the left stick. The game pad battery does not come fully charged so I suggest plugging it in and charging it after unboxing if you want to use it.
The remote is not chargeable and does not use a traditional AA/AAA battery. It instead uses 2 "CR 2032" flat cell batteries that are claimed to last about a year. To change the batteries you need to use a fine point (pen etc.) to press in the small button on the bottom of the remote, the battery tray should then eject.
UPDATE 1/21/2017: Like many of the other reviewers my remote is completely worthless now. Initially I did not notice any issues with it, but lately it is either lagging severely or not responding at all. Hopefully this can be resolved with software updates, if not NVIDIA is going to need to replace all of the remotes. My current remote version is 1.03.
UPDATE 2/19/2017: Android TV 5.1 and remote firmware v1.05 both had a rollout on my device on 2/18/2017. The combination of these updates seems to have greatly improved the functionality of the remote. Aside from the initial lag when you "wake" the remote, it seems to be completely lag free now. Thank you NVIDIA for resolving this issue that has plagued so many of us.
Voice Search: 3.5/5
Voice search so far seems very nice, but as far as I can tell it doesn't find programs on Prime Video from the home screen. If I say "The Man in High Castle" it will pull up a review and a cast list, but no option to watch on Amazon. But if I search "X-Files" It will show up as available to watch on "Netflix" and I can watch it. The voice search is supposed to get more support at a later date with the addition of Google Home features.
In order for the SHIELD to appear on your network, you need to update the PLEX server first and enable the device in the "Storage and Reset" menu. For some reason I was unable to update PLEX server in the "Google Play" app on the device and I had to manually push it from the google play store on my PC.
UPDATE 1/17/17: I've recently been having issues with the other PCs in my house not being able to see the shield on the network. This is making it so I can't drop files directly on the shield. This initially worked when I got it set up, but is no longer. What I've been doing as a workaround is putting files into a shared folder I named "SHIELD TRANSFER" and pulling the files over using the free app "ES FILE EXPLORER". It's inconvenient, but it works. This will become more of an issue if I decide to host media on the shield and attempt to watch it on other devices. This issue may be isolated to my network.
UPDATE 1/18.17: I did some digging and got the drive to finally show on the network (hopefully for good). This is from Nvidia’s site, I suggest you give it a try if you’re having issues like I was:
“To immediately connect to your SHIELD, type “\\SHIELD” into the Windows Explorer address bar. If you changed your device name (found in Settings > About on your SHIELD), replace “SHIELD” with your device name (without any spaces). Alternatively, you can type your SHIELD’s IP address into the Windows Explorer address bar: \\192.168.1.X (find your IP address on the “Access SHIELD folders on PC” page).
You can also permanently map your SHIELD as a network drive by right-clicking on “Network” in File Explorer and selecting “Map Network Drive”. Select an unused Drive letter. In the Folder field, type your IP address and the folder path to map. Example: “\\192.168.1.5\internal”. Select “Reconnect at logon” and then Click “Finish”.”
Complaints: I feel that the omission of an IR sensor and MICRO SD slot on the base version of the SHIELD to be a poor decision. Most people are not comfortable spending an extra $100 for features that were standard in the previous version of this device. I'm also annoyed to a lesser extent by the lack of an HDMI cable. The remote in it's current state is worthless and needs to be resolved either by replacement or a patch.
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
After having a few days getting the device mostly set up for my use, I must say I’ve very pleased with the unit overall. It’s hands down the fastest streaming device I’ve ever used, much faster than my XBOX ONE S and ROKU 3. The ability to use the device as network storage makes transferring files and media between PC and SHIELD very easy. Although the SHIELD TV unit itself and the controller function very well, the remote is completely worthless. The device is almost perfect if they can get the remote issues resolved.
UPDATE 2/19/2017: Recent firmware updates with Android TV 5.1 and remote firmware 1.05 have resolved the previous issues with the remote. The only nagging issue I am having is the shield network storage "unmounting" itself whenever the device restarts, which makes it a hassle to transfer content on the fly without having to first re-mount the device. If there is a fix for this I would love to know..
I got this as a mini project... A tiny 128GB USB drive to store android apps and games in the first slot. And a 4TB Passport in the second right on top. Install the Plex Server... Got myself a Homerun HD Tuner. Now I schedule and record everything and anything on TV. And the shield quietly records it all whatever I'm doing for later play.
Great product. It just works. Still getting quality updates. Amazon Prime streaming? Check. Netflix? Check. Crunchy roll? Of course. HBO Go... YouTube... All there. No BS.
P.S. Get this one. You'll love the size. If you need storage, buy a dang 4TB tiny passport for $150 and voila!
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Overall, I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
The system has 2 usb ports which can easily be expanded using a externally powered USB Hub. I expanded to a 7 port hub to accommodate all my media storage devices.
After the initial software update once plugged in you will gain access to Google Assistant which will allow you to use the 'Ok Google' voice command similar to the Google Home or Home mini. The Home screen (Leanback launcher) is extremely smooth to operate and the recommended videos line always has something for me to what whether it is pulling from YouTube or Twitch or Nvidias native software store selections.
The gaming goes beyond that of Android app store games with Nvidias own collection of games you can stream directly from their servers. The Shield also allows you to connect to your PC if you have a Nvidia graphics card so that you can play your Steam games as well.
The Game pad controller is a quality controller that does not feel like your typical android Bluetooth controller. The controller has a built in microphone and also works with Google Assistant.
With many options in the Shield app store you will never be at loss for something to do. You can also sideload android apks using the sideload launcher app making the sky the limit for both gaming and media viewing.
Get this box now , you won't regret it.