Nvidia has introduced a revamped version of its Android TV
streaming device, complete with faster processor and a new remote control.
The Nvidia Shield was first introduced in 2015. The device
doubles as a console for both local and cloud-based video games. In addition to
that, a Shield can be turned into a DVR, a hub to control smart home devices,
and a Plex server to manage expansive media collections.
This new generation of Shield streamers is based on
Nvidia’s Tegra X1+ processor, which is slated to be 25% faster than the
processor used in previous generation Shield devices.
That additional processing power allows for both Dolby
Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio to be added to the Shield.
The Shield also now supports upscaling of 720p or 1080p
content powered by artificial intelligence. It’s possible to easily switch back
and forth between HD and upscaled 4K, making it simple to adjust to your own
There are two models available: the Shield Pro sells for
$200, and the Shield sells for $150. Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and AI upscaling
are available on both models.
The new remote comes with a helpful feature that allows you
to find your lost remote through Nvidia’s smart phone app.
The base version of the Shield device comes with 8GB of
on-board storage, as well as an SD expansion lot and 2GB of RAM. For users who
prefer wired connections over WiFi, there is also Gigabit Ethernet.
There is no USB port on the base unit, but there are two
USB ports on the Pro model for plugging in extras. All in all, a great revamp.
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