Just one day after a new NVIDIA Shield Game Controller made an appearance at the FCC, there is now a new NVIDIA Shield Remote to go with it. The game controller could be dismissed as not enough evidence of a new Shield TV, since NVIDIA’s tablets and other devices can use game controllers, but a Shield remote is really only intended to be used with a Shield TV, so seeing a new one emerge is pretty strong evidence a new Shield TV is on the way. As mentioned in my article about the game controller, there’s a decent chance a new Shield TV might not be much different hardware wise from the existing Shield TV, since the current model likely still has enough power to be on par with whatever the new generation of streaming boxes have to offer.
The new Shield remote that just received FCC approval carries model number P2930 and FCC number VOB-P2930. It still connects via Bluetooth, but has been bumped up from Bluetooth v3.0 to v4.1 since the previous generation remote. Judging by the silhouette in the FCC filing, it seems like the new remote is shorter than the existing remote. If you assume the two remotes are the same width, the new remote is about 25% shorter. In addition to the characteristics of the new game controller, the smaller remote is another indication that perhaps the next generation NVIDIA Shield TV will be released at a lower price point.
The biggest question remaining is whether the two new peripherals will be bundled with the existing NVIDIA Shield TV, or a completely new model. Amazon bundled the existing Fire TV Stick with a new voice remote and called it an “all-new” device, which fooled many reporters into thinking it was new hardware, and probably many consumers. It’s a strategy we’ve seen before from NVIDIA with their Shield tablet. We’ll see.