A couple of months ago NVIDIA announced the Shield Android TV, a device to transform Android into a full fledge gaming console. They’re even calling it the world’s first Android TV console. It was announced that the device would be made available in May, and with just three days to spare they’ve held up their word.
The Shield TV is powered by a Tegra X1 processor, 256-core GPU, and 3GB of RAM. It is capable of 4K playback up to 60fps. There are two HDMI 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and an ethernet port. The device is very slim and tall, almost like a tablet. The killer feature of the Shield TV is NVIDIA’s “Grid” service.
Grid is being called the “Netflix of gaming.” Thousands of super computers host the games that are streamed to your device, which makes it possible to play hardcore games on Android TV. If the service works as well as they say the NVIDIA Shield could be a big success. NVIDIA anticipates the following games to launch on Google Play later this summer for the Shield.
- Borderlands 2
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
- Game of Thrones HD
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two
- Metal Gear Rising: RevengeanceTales from the Borderlands HD
- Tales from the Borderlands HD
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