Introducing The SHIELD Console
The NVIDIA SHIELD Console And Wireless SHIELD Controller
According to NVIDIA’s CEO, one of the reasons the company developed the SHIELD console is because it believes the cloud will revolutionize how people watch television and play games. And to leverage the cloud on their televisions, consumers need a powerful, smart device—which NVIDIA hopes will be the new SHIELD.
which we talked about here. The rest of the device’s main features and specifications include:
|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 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi|
|Two USB 3.0 (Type A)2|
|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|
The Tegra X1 is the star of the show on the SHIELD Console. In addition to its relatively powerful 256-core Maxwell-based GPU, the SoC is capable of full 10-bit, 4K encode and decode at up to 60Hz. The combination of the Tegra X1's multiple ARM cores, Maxwell-based GPU, and video engine, make the device about twice as powerful and an Xbox 360, while consuming only about 1/5 of the power.
There will also be a few accessories available for the SHIELD, including a one-piece, anodized aluminum stand and a rechargeable Bluetooth remote, which has a built in headphone jack for plugging in a headset and a microphone for performing easy voice searches.
Other features of the SHIELD Console include Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, multiple USB ports, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI output.