Made To Game: Introducing SHIELD, The World’s First Android TV Console. Available This May
This May, home entertainment will advance leaps and bounds with the release of SHIELD, the world’s first Android TV console. Powered by the 256-core, Maxwell-architecture NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, games, movies, music, and apps can be accessed and enjoyed in an instant at up to 4K on your big-screen TV. Simply launch them with Google’s super accurate, near-instantaneous Voice Search, or use the included, console-quality SHIELD controller.
Fans of TV and film will love SHIELD’s ability to tap into countless streaming services via apps and the web, bringing the latest shows and movies direct to their screens. Until now, however, there was no equivalent for games. That changes with the launch of NVIDIA GRID, a ”Netflix for games” that delivers the latest AAA games direct to your SHIELD-connected screen at up 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. Over 50 of the best and most enjoyable games will be available to stream at launch, and highly anticipated blockbusters like Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available to purchase and stream instantly, the second they’re released. Furthermore, new releases such as these will include digital download keys, enabling you to install the games on a PC at a later date.
Latency is of course the biggest concern when streaming games, and by developing the hardware and infrastructure ourselves over the course of five years we’ve reduced 1080p 60 FPS latency to 150 milliseconds. That’s half the time it takes to blink, and is faster than many dedicated home consoles with TV and controller latency factored in. And unlike consoles, GRID delivers max-setting, max-quality gameplay at Full HD at 60 FPS, meaning smoother, more responsive gameplay with higher-resolution textures, more detailed environments, 16x Anisotropic texture filtering, and maximum-quality NVIDIA GameWorks effects like HBAO+, PhysX, and HairWorks. Simply put, GRID on SHIELD is the only way to experience Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at max settings with NVIDIA GameWorks effects outside of owning a high-end GeForce GTX-powered PC.
Powered by Android TV, SHIELD also grants you access to hundreds of amazing controller-enabled games from Google Play, such as Half-Life 2, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and Skylanders Trap Team. Many of these games leverage the capabilities of our previous-generation NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor to deliver gameplay and graphics that were previously impossible on mobile devices, and for SHIELD we’re doing the same with Tegra X1.
Being the world’s fastest System On a Chip (SOC), we had to push Tegra X1 to the limit. For that we enlisted the services of Crytek, id Software, Gaijin Entertainment, Gearbox Software, Capcom, and Konami, to name but a few, to develop Android versions of Crysis 3, Doom 3: BFG, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, War Thunder, Resident Evil 5, and Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance. Each utilizes the blistering speed and advanced technical capabilities of Tegra X1 to create the most detailed, immersive and expansive games ever seen on Android.
To ensure your games, music and videos sound as good as they look, SHIELD has 7.1 and 5.1 Surround Sound pass through over HDMI, plus 24-bit/192kHz playback over HDMI and USB, and 24-bit/192hHz upsampling over USB. Likewise, Internet, network and storage capabilities are top of the line, too, with 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1/BLE, Gigabit LAN, two USB 3.0 ports for NTFS, HFS+ and exFAT storage drives, Micro-USB 2.0, a MicroSD slot supporting 128GB cards, and an IR Receiver for devices such as the Logitech Harmony.
With these tools and Android’s ecosystem you can pull games, movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and other content from the web, from your network, from built-in apps and those downloaded from Google Play, and from storage cards and devices. You can even connect to Googlecast and stream content from other devices.
As you can see, SHIELD is made to game. It gives you instant access to the world’s best games, all running at max settings at up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second, and the world’s most advanced Android games, made possible by the power of SHIELD’s Tegra X1 processor. And with the help of Android TV, SHIELD is equally adept at multimedia, bringing all your TV shows, music, movies and photos together in one central location where they can be easily accessed and viewed at up to 4K.
Combined, Android TV and NVIDIA’s technologies form SHIELD, the most accessible, powerful, advanced, and versatile living-room entertainment device ever made, and it can be yours this May for $199.