Best Android TV Box - NVIDIA Shield TV

06 Apr 2019 04:16

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The NVIDIA Shield TV is widely considered to be the best Android TV box on the market, and it’s no wonder why. In addition to the standard array of Android TV features (like access to the Google Play Store and support for the Google Assistant via a microphone-equipped remote control), the angular, neon green-accented Shield TV plays nicely with NVIDIA services like NVIDIA GameStream, which lets you stream games from PCs with compatible GeForce GTX graphics cards, and GeForce NOW, a $7.99 per month cloud gaming platform that beams titles like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite Battle Royale, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Destiny 2 over the internet to the Shield TV’s client.

Thanks to a powerful NVIDIA-designed Tegra X1 processor and Kepler GPU, the Shield TV can run games like Half-Life 2, Portal, Tomb Raider, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Final Fantasy IX, The Witness, and Doom: BFG Edition natively, all of which have prime placement in the Android TV box’s Shield Games app. And in China, the NVIDIA Shield TV has another killer feature: GameCube and Wii games from Nintendo. Shield TV owners in Chinese markets have access to New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, PUNCH-OUT!!, and Metroid Prime, and more.

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You don’t have to be a gamer to appreciate the Shield TV’s best features, though. It’s one of the few Android TV boxes with support for 4K HDR (high dynamic range) content in Netflix, Amazon Video, and VUDU in the HDR10 format. (Google Play Movies & TV and YouTube stream in 4K, but neither support HDR on the Shield TV yet.) It’s also one of the few Android TV boxes with an IR remote control that can adjust your TV’s volume and turn it off and on. And if you download and install the Shield TV-specific build of Plex, the Shield TV becomes a fully-featured media server capable of finding, pulling, organizing, and streaming movies, TV shows, and music from the internet and locally networked devices.

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