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Nvidia Shield: 4K streaming games console running Android is launched

Disc-less ultra high definition system to take on PlayStation and Xbox

Nvidia has launched a new games console that will stream video games over the internet much like Netflix can stream movies and also allow users to stream 4K video and TV content.

The system runs on Android TV, making it able to play games like Crysis 3, which Nvidia has ported to the Android operating system. It will also be able to stream games through Grid, a high-quality games service set to launch in May.

The Shield is a small box, like an Apple TV or satellite receiver, plus a controller that looks a little like an Xbox’s. The box is shiny and matte black, with a green glow that emerges from inside of it.

By using Google's ecosystem, Shield has access to YouTube and the Google Play store with access to Android apps and games.

If you have a PC with an Nvidia graphics card, a feature called GameStream will allow users to stream their PC games to the Shield console over a local Wi-Fi network.

It will be launched in America in May for $199, and come to Europe later in the year. It was unveiled at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday night.

It is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra X1, which the company claims gives it twice the power of an Xbox 360 with an eighth of the power consumption.

Tech specs

  • 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 60fps (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
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Wireless: 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi. Bluetooth 4.1/BLE
  • Interfaces: Gigabit Ethernet. HDMI 2.0. Two USB 3.0 (Type A)2. Micro-USB 2.0. MicroSD slot (supports 128GB cards). IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
  • Gaming Features: Nvidia Grid streaming service. Nvidia GameStream
  • Weight and Size: Weight: 23oz / 654g. Height: 5.1in / 130mm. Width: 8.3in / 210mm. Depth: 1.0in / 25mm.

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