At CES 2017, Nvidia announced the release of the latest version of its popular Android TV box. Although the original SHIELD was expensive, its stability and performance made it a hit among the Android TV community. Let’s look at the pros and cons of the new device:
Gaming – The streaming gaming service GeForce Now works very well. However, it does require a good connection (see: cons). It does require a monthly subscription along with the purchase of the game. 100 free games come with the service.
4K and HDR – It supports the newest two standards in TV: 4K and HDR. Even the older SHIELD TV was able to smoothly playback 4K, but the addition of HDR is a big boost.
Remote – The remote control now comes with the package.
Google Assistant – This is probably the biggest advantage of the new SHIELD. Later on this year, Google Assistant will be available. In addition, Nvidia has announced SPOT, a small add on plug which can be placed anywhere for Google Assistant support.
Expensive – The original SHIELD TV was expensive during its introduction in 2015, and this maintains the same price. It is close to the cost of a console and there is a higher spec version, which is even more expensive.
Connection – Nvidia has had a year to build up its streaming gaming features. The games streamed from its Geforce Now service is fast and smooth. However, it requires a fast and reliable network connection to work at all. Users outside the US will have no options.