After setting its foot right in handheld gaming and gaming android tablets, Nvidia today showcased its bigger invention.
At a post-GDC keynote at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, Nvidia announced world’s first 4K Android TV gaming console. The new Nvidia Shield is a $200 set-top-box and holds enough power to incubate an immense gaming experience within you.
The device showcases ultra sleekness and a class design in all aspects and can support decoded 4K video at 60Hz. The set-top box has two USB 3.0 sockets, Gigabit Ethernet, microUSB, HDMI out, and a microSD card slot. For a start, the box comes with a 16 GB storage and can be expanded upto 128 GB.
The console also sports 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi for maximum performance while streaming games—either from your GeForce-equipped PC or Nvidia’s Grid game streaming service. Nvidia’s new gaming console is powered by is powered by its Tegra X1, its new mobile superchip unveiled at CES in January and boasts unhesitatingly of its impeccable performance. The new chip is 2x powerful than the one used in Xbox 360 and uses half the power.
It comes with a TV-style remote control with a microUSB rechargeable battery and a mic for Android TV voice commands. The new Shield also has an infrared port so you can control it with universal remotes.
Nvidia will maintain its game store for the console and for a start will offer 50 of its ultra fine graphics supporting games. The console, despite of being an Android platform, will be able to run Crysis 3, Resident Evil 5, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and a lot more. Nvidia promises to start shipping their new console for $199 starting from this May.