NVIDIA’s event is live now at GDC 2015, and they have just taken the wraps off the newest member of the SHIELD family: a set-top box.
As with the other SHIELD devices, the SHIELD set-top box is running Android (Android TV in this case) and will feature access to all the Google apps, including the Play Store. The SHIELD is capable of running 60Hz 4K video thanks to the new Tegra X1 powering it as well as 3GB of RAM.
SHIELD will have 16GB of internal storage with microSD expansion available as well as two USB 3.0 ports that allow you to hook up a regular hard drive for added storage.
NVIDIA have also announced a SHIELD remote that is extremely minimalist but features quick access to voice controls for easy search on the TV. The SHIELD remote will be sold separately; pricing is not available at this time.
Naturally there are lots of games coming to the SHIELD, including Doom 3: BFG Edition, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Crysis 3. More than 50 Android titles will be available at launch.
SHIELD will be available in the U.S. starting in May and will be priced at just $199. It’ll come bundled with the SHIELD game controller. This just became by far the best Android TV option out there for anyone even slightly interested in gaming.
NVIDIA’s GRID game streaming service is also official, offering a premium 1080p 60fps streaming option along with a basic 720p option. Pricing for GRID will be available closer to the May launch. It’ll launch with more than 50 titles in its store, and NVIDIA are projecting that GRID will have more than 100 games by the end of the year. NVIDIA wants GRID to be Netflix for gaming, and having used GRID on the SHIELD Tablet for the last few months, it feels like that’s within reach for them. If NVIDIA can deliver GRID at a reasonable price, it could easily be the breakout feature of the SHIELD and a far bigger deal than the hardware itself.