XDA Developers has discovered new remote and controller codenames in the NVIDIA Shield TV’s software source code that could mean new hardware is in the works. NVIDIA has confirmed that the codenames “stormcaster” and “friday,” which are explicitly referenced in the code as a controller and remote, refer to products that have not launched publicly.
The original NVIDIA Shield TV first launched in 2015 and it was refreshed in 2017 with less expensive peripherals to bring the price down. The 2017 refresh made very little changes to the media player hardware, apart from giving the 16GB version a smaller case, since it didn’t need to have room for the 500GB spinning disc in the Shield TV Pro.
NVIDIA’s issued the following official statement regarding the codename discoveries:
“It’s fairly standard practice for various concept codenames to appear in codebases. Those references remain even when it becomes unlikely that the concept ever goes into production. We can’t comment on which codenames refer to product concepts that are active vs which ones are inactive, as it can be fluid. However, I can confirm that none of the codenames below refer to products that have launched publicly.”
Since the NVIDIA Shield TV is still the most powerful streaming media player on the market, it wouldn’t be surprising if we see a repeat of the 2017 refresh where the box hardware doesn’t change much but the included peripherals are updated to further reduce the bundle’s price. With newer device’s like the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K providing better media capabilities than the Shield TV, like Dolby Vision support, but at less than one-third the price, the Shield TV will need more than a peripheral refresh to gain wider adoption.