Following up on the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet, the company has announced the next step in Android and PC gaming with the NVIDIA SHIELD console at GDC 2015. Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra® X1 processor, a 256-core NVIDIA Maxwell™ GPU, and 3GB of memory, NVIDIA SHIELD features 4K movie and video playback, support for Android games, and allows gamers to stream PC games from NVIDIA’s new game streaming service dubbed NVIDIA GRID.
Not only will the NVIDIA SHIELD come with Plex pre-installed, it will also have support for Hulu Plus, YouTube, and Google Play for watching their favorite movies and videos, but gamers will be able to play PC games like Batman: Arkham Origins, Saints Row IV, Borderlands 2, Street Fighter IV, and more from the NVIDIA GRID cloud. Some big titles are coming to the Google Play Store as well for the console including Android versions of Crysis 3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, and the currently available Game of Thrones – A Telltale Game Series. All will be available to play on the NVIDIA SHIELD with full controller support.
The console includes a high precision SHIELD controller, and will allow gaming resolutions of up to 1080p/60fps and broadcasting to the Twitch game streaming service.
Full specifications include:
- NVIDIA® Tegra® X1 processor
- 256-core Maxwell™ GPU with 3GB RAM
- 4K Ultra-HD ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264)
- 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI
- High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192 kHz over HDMI and USB
- High-resolution audio up-sample to 24-bit/192 kHz over USB
- 16 GB Storage
- 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.1/BLE
- Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, Two USB 3.0 (Type A), Micro-USB 2.0
- MicroSD slot
- IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
The NVIDIA SHIELD console with one controller is priced at $199, with additional controllers, stand, and remote available separately. The console is expected to go on sale in May
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