NVIDIA Shield: gaming-focused Android TV set-top box

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The NVIDIA Shield  range of devices has been a bit of a niche product line but generally receiving favourable reviews. This line is now being expanded to include a gaming focused Android TV set-top box which is set to retails for $200 (no word on UK pricing) and launch in May.

NVIDIA's calling Shield the “world's first 4K Android TV” — it's able to both stream and locally run 4K content. It uses a bleeding edge X1 chip — the most powerful mobile processor NVIDIA's made to date.

The device will connect to your TV with HDMI and thankfully you can comfortably stream content with the gigabit ethernet port. Unfortunately there is only 16GB of internal store but this is expandable via microSD expansion port and two USB 3.0 ports for an external HDD.

Shield also has voice control, which works both via the Shield gamepad's mic and a separate remote control (like Amazon Fire TV's remote control).

NVIDIA claims it is more than 35 times more powerful than the next set-top box and double the performance of an Xbox 360.

Some Shield exclusive games include Borderlands: The Presequel, Doom 3: BFG Edition, The Talos Principle,Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance. You will also have access to the NVIDIA GRID which is a subscription-based game streaming service allowing you to stream premium games at 1080p, 60 frames-per-second

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