NVIDIA SHIELD TV to offer 4K HDR streaming, operate as Smart Home hub

NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang discusses the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV.

New NVIDIA SHIELD TV comes with voice-enabled game controller, remote

NVIDIA announced a new SHIELD TV streaming box that will support 4K HDR, Amazon Video and double as a Smart Home hub.

The latest version of the Android open-platform streamer was announced on Wednesday at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

The new NVIDIA SHIELD TV will retail for $199.99 and ship with both a remote and game controller. Amazon is already taking preorders for the new SHEILD TV and set a release date for Jan. 16.

The new SHIELD TV comes with a voice-activated remote and game controller.

Both the game controller and remote will have voice-search capabilities with Google Assistant.

Here’s where it gets more interesting.

NVIDIA is promising hands-free voice search capability with an add-on mic accessory called NVIDIA SPOT.

If successful, the SPOT could push into Smart Home territory now occupied by Amazon Echo, Google Home and Harmony Hub remote controls. The NVIDIA SPOT mic accessory for SHIELD will sell for $49.99.

“NVIDIA’s rich heritage in visual computing and deep learning has enabled us to create this revolutionary device,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and chief executive officer of NVIDIA, who revealed SHIELD during his opening keynote address at CES.

“SHIELD TV is the world’s most advanced streamer. Its brilliant 4K HDR quality, hallmark NVIDIA gaming performance and broad access to media content will bring families hours of joy. And with SHIELD’s new AI home capability, we can control and interact with content through the magic of artificial intelligence from anywhere in the house,” he said.

5 facts about new NVIDIA SHIELD TV

  1. Streams 4K HDR
  2. Amazon Video added
  3. Google Assistant/Smart Home hub
  4. Carries Ubisoft game catalog
  5. Pre-orders already underway

New NVIDIA SHIELD TV specs, 4K HDR Media Streamer

NVIDIA has yet to reveal the new SHEILD TV’s hardware specs, but says it has three times the performance of any other streamer on the market. It’s also claiming to have “the largest, most open catalog of media” in 4K with the addition of Amazon Video. 4K support is expected for Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies and VUDU.

Google Play Movies are expected to be added “in the coming months,” the company said. YouTube’s flagship TV app will also eventually be available for SHIELD, delivering immersive, 360-degree viewing experiences.

In their promo videos for CES 2017, NVIDIA is promoting its game catalog at 1080p at 60 frames per second. But it also shows one game, The Witness, in 4K HDR.

What games are on the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV?

SHIELD TV’s library of games has been expanded to thousands of titles. Soon, you will be able to stream Ubisoft’s catalog of hit games, including Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, For Honor and others. New Ubisoft games will also be available, simultaneous with their PC release.

NVIDIA continues to add hit franchises to the platform natively. Upcoming games include The WitnessTomb Raider and Shadowgun Legends. At CES 2017, NVIDIA also rolled out some exclusive footage of Mass Effect: Andromeda – set for release in March.


NVIDIA SHIELD TV, a Smart Home Hub?

The NVIDIA SPOT is expected to expand its series of artificial intelligence capabilities after its release. You will be able to search for content, pause, fast forward and rewind with your voice. Google Assistant will also be able to answer questions.

NVIDIA says multiple NVIDIA SPOTS can be connected on walls across a home. It functions as a Smart Hub that will connect to hundreds of smart home devices.

During another promo video, the Nest Learning Themostat was shown as a compatible, voice-controlled device. The Nest Thermostat already works with Amazon Alexa-voice control on the Echo and Echo Dot.

A Pro version of the SHIELD TV will also be available later this month with a game controller, remote, headset jack and 500GB of storage.

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