NVIDIA’s new Shield console is no longer portable, hopes to take over your living room.
NVIDIA has today unveiled the new Shield console, and this time it’s not another portable number, instead it’s a $300 Android TV box that can play games at 4K resolution. The set-top box was announced during NVIDIA’s press conference at GDC this morning and will be powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 processor, and uses Google’s Android OS and the new Android TV platform to not only offer a better-than-cable service, but also to allow video game streaming from NVIDIA’s new Grid+ service.
The Shield, as it’s simply called, will harness Google’s entertainment ecosystem giving users the ability to access Google Play for Apps, Games, Movies and TV shows, and Google Play Music to access the service’s huge library of tunes. They’ll also be able to access YouTube too. Users can also control the Shield with voice using the Shield controller’s included microphone, or a separately sold remote. During the presentation NVIDIA and a handful of partners including Gearbox and Croteam showed off some of their games running on the Shield such as Borderlands: The Pre-sequel, Doom 3: BFG Edition, and Crysis 3 all of which ran natively on the Shield.
NVIDIA is also promising to have around fifty Shield-specific Android-native titles for its store at launch.
During the announcement NVIDIA also unveiled Grid+, an enhanced version of its cloud service supporting game streams of up to 1080p60. NVIDIA is also hoping to offer a subscription service allowing access to different libraries of games for the Shield using Grid’s technology. Similar to what OnLive offers.
The new Shield will launch in May of this year for $199.