If you're in the market for a new media streamer, Nvidia's redesigned 'Shield' looks to be a major contender.
While it may cost a little more than your top-end Roku box, the powerful little rectangle is boasting the capability to deliver "4X faster gameplay than Next-Gen game consoles". Pre-orders are open and seem to be shipping around January 16.
Considering we're would have no idea of what to expect from a 'next-gen console' at this point, we can imagine they mean the current iterations of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. To achieve this, the newest iteration of the Shield brand now streams at 1080p with a suitable 60FPS straight from rigs totting Pascal GPUs from some remote Nvidia location. Of course, that's all up to your internet connection to maintain.
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The company issued 3 different trailers for the same device focusing on its full range of capabilities; from streaming 4K HDR content to playing Android-based games and showing off the redesigned controller. At $199 for a 16GB version, it's actually a tempting deal for a lightning fast living room streamer. It can even control your remote heating!
The Shield name has come a long way since the original prototype as a handheld gaming device. Becoming a tablet at one point and, eventually, a streaming box means there's lots of confusion when it comes to the name. It's basically a brand for Nvidia's ready-to-go hardware these days.