NVIDIA announces another Shield

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NVIDIA announces another Shield

This time it's an Android-powered set-top box.

NVIDIA's just made it's big hardware announcement at GDC, and it's...

Another Shield?

Except this Shield isn't a handheld device, it's a set-top box that runs Android TV. Inside is a Tegra X1 processor, and 256 Maxwell-architectured CUDA cores, which is a pretty powerful combo. NVIDIA made a lot of noise about it being twice as powerful as an Xbox 360 - which, to us, doesn't seem quite as big a claim as it thinks. Still, 360s are still very popular.

The Shield can play back 4K content, and has a HDMI 2.0 port.

The Android TV link means the Shield is fully compatible with Google apps and Play services, and the with powerful hardware this makes a good console-like gaming device. The device comes bundled with a small remote and will ship in May, for $US199. Availability outside of the US is yet to be confirmed.

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