NVIDIA’s SHIELD line has come a long way since the original device’s launch in 2013, and today the family gained another new member.
The new NVIDIA SHIELD TV is now officially official. Included with the new box will be Google Assistant, a new feature to Android TV. Google has optimized the Assistant experience for use on a TV, and with it, you can find content, ask questions, pause, fast-forward, and rewind.
NVIDIA plans to include SmartThings Hub integration to the new SHIELD TV, too.
Another notable feature of the new SHIELD TV box is its 4K capabilities. There’s support for 4K HDR content from Amazon Video in there, as well as the ability to play 4K content from the likes of Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies, and Vudu.
And then there’s the gaming. The SHIELD TV’s library of games numbers in the thousands, and owners will be able to stream games like Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, For Honor, and other games. NVIDIA also promises that new Ubisoft games will be available on the SHIELD TV simultaneously with their PC counterparts.
The new SHIELD TV is now available to order from NVIDIA. In exchange for $199.99, you’ll get a 16GB console, remote, and controller. NVIDIA also plans to offer a 500GB SHIELD TV Pro console for $299.99 later in January. The new SHIELD TV will begin shipping to buyers in the US, Canada, and select European markets later this month.
Existing SHIELD TV owners have something to get excited about today, too, as NVIDIA says that features announced for the new SHIELD TV will come to current SHIELD devices via an OTA update in January.
NVIDIA today also announced the Spot. Shown below, this tiny AI mic accessory for the SHIELD TV plugs into your wall and gives you access to Google Assistant throughout your home. The NVIDIA Spot is priced at $49.99.