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- Connected Google Life – Access all your Google content and smart home features with Google Assistant, share your Google Photos in 4K, and cast your favorite apps to your TV with Chromecast 4K.
- 4K HDR Powerhouse – Watch Netflix and Amazon Video in crisp 4K HDR, and YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and VUDU in 4K. Apps like HBO Now, Spotify, and ESPN meet all your entertainment needs.
- NVIDIA-Powered Gaming – Cast games from your GeForce-powered PC to your TV in 4K HDR at 60 FPS. Get NVIDIA-powered cloud gaming on demand with GeForce NOW. And enjoy exclusive Android games only on SHIELD.
- Smart Home Ready – Google Assistant lets you control your entertainment and smart home with your voice. Add SmartThings Link to wirelessly connect lights, speakers, thermostats, and much more.
- Get YouTube Red for 3 months free – $29.97 in value. Explore uninterrupted music, ad-free videos, and exclusive original movies and shows from your favorite YouTube creators. Limited-time offer ends 12/31.
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4K HDR Entertainment
Enjoy Netflix and Amazon Video in stunning 4K HDR, and YouTube, VUDU, Google Play Movies & TV, and more in up to 4K. Cut the cord with support for free over-the-air broadcast TV or with apps like YouTube TV, Sling TV or PlayStation Vue. It’s infinite entertainment for endless relaxation.
Best Gaming Performance of All Streamers
NVIDIA GameStream harnesses the power 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.
Your Smart Home Will Never Be the Same
Google Assistant gives you the freedom to control every experience with just the sound of your voice. Shuffle your favorite playlist, dim your lights, or stream Netflix to your TV. Add SmartThings Link to wirelessly connect and automate hundreds of compatible smart devices, allowing them all to work together with simple voice commands.
NVIDIA SHIELD TV is the world’s most advanced streamer, giving you the best in entertainment and the perfect fit for your Google-connected lifestyle. Ask your Google Assistant to 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.
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Build Quality: I rather like it. The Shield TV Pro is surprisingly heavy and rigid. The same goes for the remote and game controller. Both feel heavy in the hands and quite substantial. No creaking or flex. The buttons all work.
Software: I admit that I haven't put this thing through all of its paces yet, but so far I am not having problems from a software point of view. Upon turning it on for the first time, I had to sign in to my Google account and download a few updates. This took about 15 minutes via wifi. Then I downloaded some Robert Broglia emulators from the Play store along with the Gamesome front end, which is used to organize game roms. No problems here either.
Retro console use: No major problems here either. My main concern was that there would be too much input lag to use the Shield TV as a retro gaming platform, but I am happy to report that my concerns were way overblown. Assuming you have a TV/monitor with relatively low input lag, you can definitely use the Shield TV to play NES, SNES, Master System, Genesis, and Turbografx-16 games all you want with very accurate controls. Again, this is ENTIRELY DEPENDENT on the TV you have. I personally have one of the new LG C6 OLED 55-inch TVs, and on my particular screen, input lag while in Game Mode is negligible. This is not to say that there is no input lag, because there will always be at least a little when using something other than original hardware on a CRT. But the amount I am detecting is not enough to prevent playing action games that require precise timing and controls. I tested out a number of games dependent on fast-twitch controls and had no problems beating bosses, making precise jumps, or dodging enemies. The games I tested: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES), Super Mario Bros 2 (NES), Streets of Rage (Genesis), Ghouls N Ghosts (Genesis), Truxton (Genesis) Super Mario World (SNES), and Legendary Axe (Turbografx-16).
So if you are like me and your purchase of the Shield TV is dependent on its ability to serve as a retro gaming platform in your home theater setup, then fear not about the Shield TV's capabilities. But you should definitely check online to see what your TV's input lag is in game mode, assuming it has one. I'd recommend that you want to be somewhere below 40 milliseconds. Under 20 milliseconds is ideal, but 20-40 is still passable. Anything above 40 milliseconds will start to become problematic/unplayable in action games.
Feel free to ask any questions and I will do my best to provide an answer.
Update: Three days in and I've experienced the glitchy software bug twice now. In each case, powering down and restarting the device quickly solved the problem. Kind of annoying, but I assume this is something easily fixed with a software update.
Update 2: A week in and all is well. A recent software update seems to have provided some stability to the OS. Haven't had to do any reboots. Got Dolphin emulator installed and was surprised to find the Shield can run GameCube games fairly well. There's a bit of slowdown, and a hitch here or there, but stll playable. PSP emulator runs extremely well, as well as MAME. Really enjoying the Shield.
Update 3: My Shield TV is still working as expected. Had to contact NVidia customer support for a replacement USB cable, since the one that came with my system seemed to be faulty. All it took was a five minute visit to their tech support chat page and a copy of my purchase invoice, and they sent me a new USB cable free of charge through Fedex. Excellent customer service. No hassle or runaround whatsoever.
As an Emulating Power House: For me this was actually the main selling point of the box. You can pretty much download any emulator you want on this thing and play ANY and i mean ANY old game you want. This was specifically exciting for me, I envisioned myself grabbing the shield and taking it over to a friends house to play some Super Smash Bros or some Mario cart. OR reliving my childhood playing games that I loved as a kid but haven't played since the 90's. Not to mention these days you can emulate the PS3 and the xbox 360, and play some newer games.
As a Game Stream Device: Game stream is another feature that adds quite a bit of usefulness to the Shield. If you have a gaming pc with an Nvidia card you can easily stream games from your PC to your TV. This has proven to be a really cool feature with games that I own on the PC but are better played with a console controller. Since i have owned the Shield i have used this feature almost exclusively to play Rocket League with my roommates, which it does a great job at. HOWEVER it is important to remember that when using game stream the shield is going to cut down whatever resolution your running on your computer to a maximum of 1080p on the TV its being streamed to. This isnt a huge deal, definitely noticeable quality difference but when you consider what your actually doing (streaming a game over your local network) 1080p sounds pretty good.
*Game stream will be throttled back to 720p when using a wireless connection
*For those of you who have a gaming pc that does not have an Nvidia GPU, don't fret there is an app called KinoConsole that will allow you to game stream as well. The Shield is also optimized for twitch streaming right out of the box. you can set up your twitch stream and then simply hit a button inside the menu on the shield to start streaming.
Hardware: The interior hardware in this thing is essentially the exact same hardware as the Nintendo switch. The x1 processor in it is a monster. I have yet to find anything that has been too demanding for the shield. In fact i ran 3DMark and received close to a score of 5000 (for those of you who are unfamiliar with 3DMark this puts the shield in the top 1% of android devices)
-As for the controllers; The dual shock Nvidia controller that came with the shield is actually a really nice controller. Very sturdy and good build quality, feels VERY comfortable with a slightly more ergonomic feel to it than an xbox controller. My only complaint is that its a dual shock, If you've been playing with an xbox control it will take you some time to get used to the dual shock layout. HOWEVER, if your dead set on using an xbox control your in luck. I have successfully used xbox 360 controls (requires dongle) and paired my xbox one controller via Bluetooth, and although I don't have one I am positive the play station controllers will also work. (sidenote: I am speaking specifically about using WIRELESS controls, ANY control with a usb cable attached will plug right into the back of the shield and work flawlessly)
-For the remote this is where one of the VERY few differences between he basic and pro models lie. They are the same shape and layout, HOWEVER the pro edition remote is rechargeable whereas the basic edition is powered by coin batteries. Also the buttons on the pro remote are very firm and clicky whereas the basic remote the buttons feel a little squishy and less precise.
Conclusion: It isn't should I get a Shield TV? Its should I get the basic edition or the pro? If your interested in android tv box, a device to emulate on, or a gamestream device any ONE of these reasons alone is enough to get the shield because its the best at all 3. I have been completely satisfied with this thing top to bottom, It looks cool, its functions great, and it out performs all the competition. The real question is what are YOU going to use it for. I bought the basic edition and within two days had the 16GB hard drive filled with emulators and roms. Due to this i returned it and picked up the pro edition instead. Now i have 3 emulators installed and over 100 games and still have 300GB's free to download more. Now its worth mentioning that if you have the basic edition and need more space you can simply plug an external into the usb slots on the back and there you are, But i was looking to be able to grab the shield and take it to friends houses, and didn't want to futz around with a bunch of things that have to come with it. Also if you are intending to use this a Plex/media sever its only gonna take 3 or 4 movies to fill the basic editions 16gb's. To wrap it all up, either the basic or pro editions are wonderful pieces of technology, and there really isnt much reason to get the pro edition unless ur dead set on not having extra hard drives laying around for the device and even then 500 GB's only goes so far on a media sever.
PS: i forgot to mention that there is actually another minor difference between the pro and basic edition, and that is the IO. The back of the basic edtion has USB-A 3.0 (2), Gigabit ethernet, HDMI 2.0b w/ HDCP 2.2 and CEC. The Pro edition has all these plus a micro sd slot. The SD slot has proven to be very useful for easily transferring files to the shield and can be used to expand on the space available, However this is a very minor plus and probably shouldnt be part of the deciding factors.
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