This is it. The Royals Royce of Android TV devices. Featuring the fastest processor currently in any Android TV device, the NVIDIA Tegra X1, and 3GB RAM as well as 4K Ultra-HD output (if your TV can handle it – if not, it still looks great in 1080 or ever 720), the NVIDIA Shield absolutely flies when compared to other boxes. The box runs the latest version of Android TV, so all apps available from the Play Store are re-designed to work with a remote on a TV.
You can get all the big hitting apps – Netflix, Plex, Kodi, SMPC, iPlayer. All4 does not currently have a native app, but you can cast videos from your phone/tablet using the inbuilt Chromecast functionality.
You also get access to a lot of gaming with this box, which puts it ahead of the other Android TV boxes. As well as all the usual Android games that offer controller support, NVIDIA has launched Geforce Now, which is basically Netflix for games. You pay a small monthly fee, and can stream the whole catalogue of games from NVIDIAs servers. See pricing and games here. This isn’t just a gimmick, as long as you have a speedy internet connection, these games work perfectly with the included Games controller. There isn’t any geoblocked content here, so the games we get in the UK are the same games that can be played the world over.
|Processor||NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell GPU with 3GB RAM|
|Video Features||4K Ultra-HD Ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264)|
|Audio Features||7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI|
High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192kHz over HDMI and USB
High-resolution audio upsample to 24-bit/192hHz over USB
|Wireless||802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi|
Two USB 3.0 (Type A)
MicroSD slot (supports 128GB cards)
IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
|Gaming Features||NVIDIA GRID streaming service|
|Weight and Size||Weight: 23oz / 654g|
Height: 5.1in / 130mm
Width: 8.3in / 210mm
Depth: 1.0in / 25mm