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New Nvidia streaming box supports 4K, could give Android TV a lift

Agam Shah | May 29, 2015
Google's attempts to push Android TV in living rooms have so far failed, but the smart TV platform could get a boost from Nvidia's new Shield TV console, which has features that set it apart from competitors.

It is also possible to watch movies through external storage drives, which can be attached to Shield via two USB 3.0 ports. Shield has hardware decoding for 4K video files based on ITU's HEVC and Google's VP9 codecs.

The box can stream games at a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, which is good for shooting, role-playing and casual games. It's not yet advanced enough to compete with an Xbox One or PlayStation, though the box has the graphics processors to support for high-end gaming. Nvidia could make it a full-fledged PC or gaming system, but the company initially is opting to make it a TV and gaming box. Initially, more than 100 free and paid cloud-based games will be available for Shield.

The Shield has a Tegra X1 processor, 3GB of RAM, a micro-SD slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

 

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