Nvidia will launch an upgraded Shield TV Pro box and a compact Nvidia Shield 'tube' later this month. Both devices will feature a 25% faster Tegra X1+ chip, Dolby Vision + Atmos, Android, and a new remote, according to 9to5Mac.
2019 Nvidia Shield
The two devices briefly appeared on Amazon and Newegg ahead of an October 28 launch. The listings revealed more or less complete details about the two 2019 Nvidia Shield TV devices.
Nvidia Shield TV Pro has a Tegra X1+ processor that is up to 25% faster than the X1 chip in the current boxes, according to the company. In addition to 4K and HDR10, it now supports Dolby Vision. It also supports Dolby Atmos. On-board storage is still limited to just 16GB but that can be expanded via one of the two USB 3.0 ports.
A new less expensive Nvidia Shield TV has a tube form factor measuring 16.5 cm in length. It has many of the same features, including the Tegra X1+ and Dolby Vision, but less storage (8GB) and no USB ports. Instead it comes with a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
The company has created a new remote control with motion-activated backlit buttons and an IR blaster for controlling the TV screen. There are additional buttons for volume, power, and Netflix. The new remote uses standard batteries and also has an integrated microphone for Google Assistant.
The company says that Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Vudu will be supported in 4K Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and DD+. In Europe, Amazon Video has settled on HDR10+ rather than Dolby Vision.
Like its predecessors, both new players run Google's Android TV operating system - presumably version 9. This includes access to streaming apps and games via the Google Play store as well as built-in Chromecast. The original Nvidia Shield TV was launched in 2015 and the company has provided continuous Android updates. We expect that to continue.
Android gaming on the TV has not exactly taken off, partly because most other Android TV devices, including very expensive high-end TVs, come equipped with weak hardware. The modest 25% improvement in chip performance - suggesting that it will not be significantly more powerful than the two year old Apple TV 4K - is a telltale sign that Nvidia has little faith in Android gaming taking off anytime soon. One of the world's leading chip manufacturers could obviously have developed a far more capable chip, if it wanted to.
Instead the company is highlighting Geforce Now, its cloud gaming service. Rumors suggest that Nvidia Shield will also be one of the first TV devices to support Google's cloud streaming service Stadia.
The standard Nvidia Shield (tube) was listed for $199 CAD or about $150 USD while the upgraded Nvidia Shield Pro was listed for $200, make it more expensive than the current hardware. Amazon said that it will start shipping on October 28.
2019 Nvidia Shield TV
2019 Nvidia Shield Pro
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2019 Nvidia Shield
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