Nvidia’s rumoured Nvidia Shield TV Pro set top box has been spotted in a couple of posts which appeared on online retail web pages before they should have, and it appears to have been joined by a compact version with a new cylindrical design.First reported by 9to5Google the posts, one on Amazon and one on Newegg appeared to confirm the upcoming launch of the two devices on October 28th along with a new remote control too.
Plenty of specifications were revealed for both devices which includes a new Tegra X1+ processor accompanied by 3GB of RAM, which promises a 25 percent speed boost over the four year old Tegra X1 chips found in the current versions of the Shield TV.
Internal storage for the Shield TV Pro remains at 16GB but this can be augmented using a flash drive via one of the two USB 3.0 ports. The new smaller, tubed shaped Shield TV loses the USB ports but can upgrade its 8GB of internal storage using the included microSD card slot. Other connections include an Ethernet port and HDMI which also appear on the Nvidia Shield TV Pro.
Probably the most interesting of the new features for both of these Shield TV devices is added support for Dolby Vision HDR, now added alongside standard HDR10, plus Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus audio formats.
The new remote control is now larger with a distinctive triangular design - presumably in order to accommodate the standard batteries that replace the previous disc-shaped ones - and a greater number of buttons which now feature motion activated backlighting. There’s a microphone included for direct communication with Google Assistant and a button for launching Netflix. Plus, there’s a handy ‘locate your lost remote’ function. Whether the new remote will be available as an update for existing Shield TV owners is not known.
Both devices will run Android TV which will also allow access to apps and games from the Google Play store and it’s just possible that Nvidia Shield will be one of the first TV devices to support Google’s upcoming cloud gaming service Stada, rumours suggest.
The Nvidia Shield Pro was listed for $199 and the smaller standard Shield was $150 - assuming these weren’t just placeholder prices - and the release date looks to be October 28th.
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