If you’re looking for a device with similar specs to the Amazon Fire TV but with more PC gaming options, then the NVIDIA Shield is a great choice. The device is now even more attractive to gamers with NVIDIA’s new cloud gaming service called GeForce Now. Similar to to the GameFly service available on the Fire TV, GeForce Now will give Shield TV, Shield Tablet, and Shield Portable owners access to streaming games for a monthly subscription. The service will run you $8 per month for access to all 50 games in its catalogue and will be available in the US on October 1st. As with all of these cloud gaming services, a fast and low latency internet connection is required to achieve an enjoyable gaming experience. Nvidia recommends a connection speed of at least 50 Mbps to achieve 1080p gaming at 60 fps. You’ll be able to try the service before committing to subscribe with NVIDIA’s generous 3 month trial period.
Also announced today by NVIDIA is the new availability of the Shield TV in the UK, France, Germany, and Scandinavia. The 16GB model will be priced £150/€200 with the 500GB Shield Pro priced at£230/€300. Both will be available in the UK and Europe starting October 1st.
How about Nvidia offering Shield with a conventional remote instead of game controller for a $25 less?
** Yo..finally it’s on the way ****
Shield Android TV OTA 2.0
Advanced Media Playback
* Supports hardware acceleration of all the popular video formats including H.264, H.265, VC-1,MPEG-2, WMV9, and VP9
* Supports native playback of video content encoded at 23.976 Hz and 50 Hz (in Europe) for true movie quality viewing experience. Also supports video content encoded at 24 Hz, 25 Hz, 30 Hz,and 59.94 Hz
* Supports AC3, EAC3, Dolby 5.1, Dolby 7.1, DTS-HD, DTS-HD MA, and Dolby TrueHD pass through for an immersive home theater experience with your home theater receiver and surround speakers.
* Supports high resolution 24-bit 192 kHz audio over HDMI and USB for superior audio quality.
* Supports USB-S/PDIF dongles and enables users to connect SHIELD to older sound bars and audio receivers.
* Works flawlessly with media streaming apps such as PLEX and Kodi (XBMC) <—-
Well I took the plunge and ordered one in the UK (and cancelled my FireTV pre-order. The hardware specs look superior and todays patch (if it all works correctly) addresses one of my main niggles with the FTV – namely the refresh rate stuff. At least I’ll be able to load Kodi from the store
I’m considering Fire TV 2015.What are your issues with FTV ?
In my opinion, both FTV and Shield are good products.
I’ve upgraded 2.0 on Shield TV( ~700Mb files ) and indeed they’ve added more configuration parameters setting on HDMI config.