NVIDIA Shield Deal: Get a free Google Home Mini with purchase of Shield
NVIDIA just announced a number of new software upgrades a few weeks ago, including a neat new virtual remote control.
Now if you buy a NVIDIA Shield from Best Buy or Walmart.com, you’ll get a free Google Home Mini for hands free voice commands. This NVIDIA Shield deal kicks off today, Oct. 1, and lasts until Oct. 27. The Google Home Mini costs $49 as a standalone purchase.
Paired with a NVIDIA Shield TV, you can power on and off your device, TV and command it to stream.
It’s been roughly a year since NVIDIA added support for Google Assistant through a software update. Shield has had voice commands for a while now, but with a Google Home Mini in the mix, you can control your streaming from anywhere in the house.
If you have CEC enabled on your TV, you can also use your Google Home mini to turn your TV and Shield on or off. NVIDIA says that more hands-free voice commands are coming to Shield later this month.
What can NVIDIA Shield do with Google Home?
Here are a few of the examples of what to look forward to, according to NVIDIA.
Say things like, “Hey Google” +
- “Turn on SHIELD”
- “Play Sharp Objects on SHIELD”
- “Show me pictures from New Zealand on SHIELD”
- “Play Imagine Dragons on SHIELD”
In August, NVIDIA began bundling the Shield TV with Samsung SmartThings Link as part of a new Smart Home package.
The SmartThings link lets you control a number of devices through your voice, including light bulbs, thermostats and speakers. NVIDIA seems to be on a clear path to compete with Apple TV and expanding smart home features offered by Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers.
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