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    Default Nvidia Gears Up to Take on the Apple TV with the Shield Set-Top Box

    In an effort to compete in the living room, Nvidia, the graphics-card manufacturer has recently announced the upcoming the Shield media player which will be powered by Google’s Android TV platform. The device will be available in May starting at $199 with a controller. It will feature an Nvidia Tegra X1 processor with a 256-core Maxwell GPU and 3 gigabytes of RAM.

    The particular box will be capable of outputting 4K “Ultra-HD” video and will also be able to capture up to 60 frames per second. The hardware is set to feature 16 gigabytes of onboard storage, MicroSD expansion, USB ports, HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1. Although the box will stream media like other devices currently on the market, the main focus of the Shield will actually be gaming. At launch, more than 50 Android titles which are optimized for the Shield will be available for download including Crysis 3, Doom 3: BFG Edition and Borderlands: TPS.

    The Shield will also allow console games to be streamed using Nvidia’s GRID on-demand service. Subscription pricing will allow access to titles including Batman: Arkham Origins, GRID 2 and Metro: Last Light Redux. The president and CEO of Nvidia, Jen-Hsun Huang had the following to say regarding the matter:

    SHIELD will change the way we enjoy digital entertainment at home. It's an incredibly powerful, efficient and advanced living room entertainment device. It's the best Android TV experience. And it can transform into a serious gaming machine. It's made to game.
    For those of you who didn’t know, after the Google TV platform ended up losing ground against Apple TV, Roku and others, Google introduced a new take in the form of Android TV last year. The whole Android TV initiative has been off to a slow start but the upcoming Nvidia Shield currently represents one of the most high-profile product launches for the platform. Much like the Apple TV and others, the Shield will offer access to streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. Applications and games can be downloaded from the Play Store with specialized TV-centric user interfaces in addition to the usual TV offerings.

    We’ll have to see how Apple responds because the Cupertino California hasn’t updated its own device in years. Many rumors pointed towards the company working on a new version with motion controls last year but Apple’s alleged plans have reportedly been stalled due to issues in talks with cable companies and content owners. Speculation also points to Apple potentially bringing a full-fledged App Store to the Apple TV with uniquely downloadable titles. As of right now, the channels are automatically added to the Apple TV and content from an iPhone or iPad can be streamed to the TV via AirPlay but the titles can’t be played directly from the device.

    How do you feel about the Shield? Share your thoughts below!

    Source: AppleInsider, TechCrunch

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    It's going to be a niche device, but I'll probably pick one up as a high powered emulator machine. It's weird seeing a company advertise a $200 system by saying it can play Crysis 3, Doom 3, and BL:TPS....which are all playable on a PS3/360 that most people already have. Would I be impressed if it was a handheld? Sure. I don't really care if a "new" console can play them because I'd expect them to. This isn't a $50 Android machine, it's a $200 Android machine that is in the same price range as a PS3 and 360.

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