Nvidia at the Game Developers Conference unravelled its first “living room entertainment device,” Shield Android TV console. Powering the Shield is Nvidia’s homegrown Tegra X1 processor that boasts 256-core Maxwell GPU and 3GB RAM and runs Android TV OS that gives access to number of multimedia content, apps and games from the Google Play Store.
Shield for TV supports 4K video playback and 7.1 or 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI. It comes with 16GB of internal memory but can be expanded through the microSD card slot up to 128GB, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, HDMI 2.0, two USB 3.0 ports, microUSB port, IR receiver and support for Nvidia’s GameStream and Grid streaming service.
Nvidia will release the device with a gaming controller in May for $199.