Nvidia SHIELD and SHIELD PRO Listed on Amazon – Tegra X1 Powered Android Micro-Console with 500GB Storage

Usman Pirzada
Posted May 18, 2015
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It looks like the micro-console Industry is about to get an interesting surprise. A 500 GB model of the upcoming Nvidia SHIELD was spotted at an official listing of Amazon. The obviously premature listing has been pulled but not before it revealed a brand new product:  The Nvidia SHIELD Pro device – a micro-console slash “Android Tv” with 500 gigs of space. Compared to he 16GB that the base model offers – that is quite luxurious.Nvidia SHIELD PRO 500 GB

NVIDIA Shield PRO ‘Android TV’ spotted – Tegra X1 powered micro console with 500GBs of storage

The Nvidia SHIELD device has a meager storage of just around 16GB (although expandable via a Micro SD card) but its big brother, the Shield PRO device has a relatively huge capacity of 500 GBs. That is enough to store a decent amount of games, movies and even seasons. The SHIELD console device was revealed back at GDC in March and it showed up (and was quickly pulled soonafter) yesterday at Amazon. Both variants of the NVIDIA SHIELD will have an HDMI cable, a micro-USB cable and a SHIELD Controller.

What Nvidia is claiming to achieve with the new SHIELD lineup is preposterous, somewhat done before and unlikely to succeed at the same time. Yet, it is without a doubt something that is potentially disruptive. If this product takes off, it will be successful beyond anything that we could have imagined. Tiny form factor, 4K playback  and AAA gaming with a competitive price tag is most definitely something with a very potential big market. By plugging into the GRID, you will eventually be able to stream around 50+ AAA titles with roughly 3 times the power of the Xbox One. Given below are the offline and online titles that the new SHIELD and SHIELD PRO devices will offer. The specification table has also been thrown in for good measure.

NVIDIA SHIELD Specifications
Processor NVIDIA® Tegra® X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell™ GPU with 3GB RAM
Video Features 4K Ultra-HD Ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264)
Audio 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI
High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192kHz over HDMI and USB
High-resolution audio upsample to 24-bit/192hHz over USB
Storage 16 GB
Wireless 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.1/BLE
Interfaces Gigabit Ethernet
HDMI 2.0
Two USB 3.0 (Type A)
Micro-USB 2.0
MicroSD slot (supports 128GB cards)
IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
Gaming Features NVIDIA GRID™ streaming service
NVIDIA GameStream™
SW Updates SHIELD software upgrades directly from NVIDIA
Power 40W power adapter
Weight and Size Weight: 23oz / 654g
Height: 5.1in / 130mm
Width: 8.3in / 210mm
Depth: 1.0in / 25mm
OS Android TV™, Google Cast™ Ready
Bundled Apps PLEX
In the box NVIDIA SHIELD
NVIDIA SHIELD controller
HDMI cable (High Speed), USB cable (Micro-USB to USB)
Power adapter (Includes plugs for North America, Europe, UK)
Requirements TV with HDMI input, Internet access
Options SHIELD controller, SHIELD remove, SHIELD stand

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