NVIDIA Unveils new SHIELD with 4K HDR Streaming, and NVIDIA SPOT AI Microphone Peripheral

NVIDIA Unveils new SHIELD with 4K HDR Streaming, and NVIDIA SPOT AI Microphone Peripheral

During their CES 2017 keynote, NVIDIA has unveiled the successor to their popular SHIELD TV — simply called the SHIELD. Running Android TV just like its predecessor, the new device aims to replace not only other streamers, but also give you the power of AI through Google Assistant.

The new NVIDIA SHIELD streaming device can now stream 4K content through Netflix and other services. Beyond media content, the SHIELD can also stream multiplayer games from the cloud with support for 4K HDR casting at up to 60fps with NVIDIA GameStream. Outside of these details, NVIDIA did not really specify what powers the streaming device in terms of specifications.

Since the SHIELD runs on Android TV, you also get all the capabilities of the smart OS, including the future update that adds on Google Assistant. Rolling out in the “coming months”, the Google Assistant for Android TV update will let users enjoy a hands-free TV experience, with voice control and contextual replies. You could search on YouTube using voice commands starting with the “OK Google” trigger phrase, and interact contextually with the AI Assistant. You can also interact with the connected services that will choose to be a part of the Actions on Google platform.

NVIDIA is also launching a curious peripheral with the SHIELD. Called the NVIDIA SPOT, this is an always-on microphone that aims to spread AI coverage throughout your house. You would need wall outlets that are exposed and are not among furniture that would muffle out your voice commands, though.


The new NVIDIA SHIELD comes with a remote and game controller for $199.99, and is available for pre-order. The NVIDIA SPOT will be sold separately, though pricing and availability have not been announced yet.

What are your thoughts on the NVIDIA SHIELD and NVIDIA SPOT? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: TechCrunch

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