Nvidia has confirmed details on its Nvidia Shield Android TV box and GeForce Now game-streaming service for the UK, including the UK release date, UK price and specifications. Here's what you need to know. Also see: Best new games coming in 2015/2016.
Nvidia Shield Android TV: What it is
Nvidia's Shield Android TV box is an entertainment console designed for the living room, but it's both faster and more feature-rich than many rival media streamers.
The Shield Android TV box has its own user interface, and is the only smart TV console that can stream 4K content at 60fps, according to Nvidia.
It can be used to stream TV shows, films, music and a range of popular apps, but perhaps most interestingly brings gamer-friendly features such as GeForce Now (explained below) to the living room. Gamers will also be able to play next-gen Android games and PC GameStream games on Shield.
Nvidia says the Shield Android TV box has built-in Chromecast and Google Voice, and with the Shield remote or controller can allow you to use Google voice search and commands to quickly access content.
Nvidia GeForce Now: What it is
GeForce Now is a new subscription-based game-streaming service that allows unlimited streaming of more than 50 popular PC games, including such titles as The Witcher 3, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Resident Evil: Revelations 2.
Games are streamed from online servers at up to 1080p, 60fps, and mean gamers no longer need to wait for games to download before they can start playing - they'll be ready to go within 30 seconds.
GeForce Now launches with- and will be free on the Nvidia Shield Android TV box for the first three months, and £7.49 per month thereafter.
Nvidia Shield Android TV UK release date, UK price: When is Nvidia Shield coming out? How much does Nvidia Shield cost?
The Nvidia Shield Android TV box will go on sale in the UK tomorrow (1 October), available to buy online at Amazon UK and in-store at Game.
The Android TV box is priced at £149.99 for the 16GB model and £219.99 for the 500GB Shield Pro. The Shield remote costs £39.99, the stand £24.99, and the Shield gamepad controller £49.99. Also see: Best PC games 2015.
Nvidia Shield Android TV box specifications
• Processor: Nvidia Tegra X1
• GPU: 256-core Maxwell
• Memory: 3GB RAM
• Storage: 16GB, plus microSD support up to 128GB
• Connectivity: dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, gigabit ethernet, IR receiver
• Ports: HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, Micro-USB 2.0
• Extras: Nvidia GeForce Now (free for three months), Nvidia GameStream
• Video: 4K Ultra-HD ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60fps (VP9, H265, H264)
• Audio: 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI, hi-res audio playback up to 24-bit/192kHz over HDMI and USB, hi-res audio upsample to 24-bit/192kHz over USB
• Dimensions: 210x25mmx130mm
• Weight: 654g
Nvidia Shield Android TV box video stream
Watch Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder, president and CEO of Nvidia, announce Android TV at GDC 2015 in March.
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