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Nvidia Shield TV, Shield TV Pro Launched with 4K, Dolby Vision, Android TV

The devices support 4K streaming, with support for Dolby Vision HDR.

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Nvidia Shield TV, Shield TV Pro Launched with 4K, Dolby Vision, Android TV

The new Shield TV devices are powered by the Tegra X1 Plus processor

Highlights
  • Nvidia has launched the new Shield TV and Shield TV Pro
  • Both devices support 4K and Dolby Vision streaming
  • The Shield TV Pro has more storage and RAM, plus two USB ports

Most TV users tend to stream content directly through their smart TV interfaces, but buying a specialised streaming device has its advantages. You usually get additional features, better apps and services, and new capabilities such as game or music streaming. One such device range popular with gamers is Nvidia Shield. Nvidia has now launched its latest devices in this segment - the Shield TV and Shield TV Pro. Priced at $150 and $200 respectively, the new Shield TV devices are now available to buy through the company's online store, as well as select offline locations in the United States.

The Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro are powered by the Tegra X1+ processor, which is a slight update over the ageing X1 chipset. The devices can stream at 4K resolution with support for HDR up to the Dolby Vision format, as well as audio format support for Dolby Atmos. The devices run on the Android TV 9 Pie platform, with voice assistant support and Chromecast 4K built-in.

The devices are controlled using a dedicated remote, which comes with various controls for navigation, volume, and playback, apart from having a Netflix hotkey. Nvidia claims to also offer AI upscaling, which is said to make 720p and 1080p content look like 4K content in real-time, as the content is being streamed.

The more affordable Nvidia Shield TV has a tube-like shape and comes with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage for apps on the Android TV interface. The device has an HDMI port, microSD card slot and Ethernet port, apart from the power input. The more expensive Shield TV Pro has 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and two additional USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports for external device connectivity. It can also be used as a Plex Media Server.

Although no controllers are included with the devices, you can purchase additional compatible controllers for use with the Shield TV and Shield TV Pro. Nvidia GeForce Now and GameStream are supported, along with regular games that can be downloaded on the Google Play Store. There's no word on whether these new devices will be available in India, but you can purchase these in the US and Canada right now.

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Ali Pardiwala

Ali has over eight years of experience in the technology space, specialising in writing about all kinds of audio gear and TVs. He’s reviewed all kinds of headphones, speakers, audio gear, and televisions over the years, and is the in-house expert on all gadgets with screens and audio drivers. He is of the firm belief that truly wireless earphones are the future, and will always recommend a 4K TV, but not necessarily a smart TV. In his spare time, Ali likes to watch TV shows and movies ...More

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