The NVIDIA SHIELD, one of the more capable Android TV devices on the market, is finally available through the Google Store. The device has actually been available for a while now—you can read our review here—but for some reason Google is just now putting it alongside the Nexus Player, Razer Forge, and Chromecast.
The main draw of the NVIDIA Shield is its ability to access NVIDIA’s services, including GRID, which allows users to stream popular PC games through the cloud. It’s also pound for pound the most powerful Android TV device on the market, and sports a Tegra X1 processor, 3GB of RAM, and up to 500GB of storage. It can also play 4K content, though you’ll obviously need a 4K TV in order to take advantage of this capability.
It’s an incredibly powerful and capable machine, though, as we found out in our review, it hasn’t yet reached its ceiling of potential, which means the best is yet to come. If you’re a big gamer, the NVIDIA SHIELD is the Android TV device you should get. If not, well, the device is still a pretty good option.
The 16GB model starts at $199, though for just $100 more, you can get a bump all the way up to 500GB. And, yes, the gaming controller comes with it.