PC gamers and virtual-reality enthusiasts got a bit of a surprise during Nvidia’s Tuesday night GDC press conference: instead of a souped-up graphics card or a VR headset, the GPU maker announced the addition of an Android-based console to their lineup of Shield devices.
If you missed our livestream of the event, we’ve pulled together all the details on the new Shield (yes, they’ve gone back to calling their latest product just “Shield”) and its related services for you right here.
The new Shield is more of a hybrid between a set-top box and a console than a true iteration of each. (At least, when compared to what currently exists on the market.) With the exception of its beefy Tegra X1 processor, which sports a 256-bit Maxwell GPU with 3GB of memory, it largely mimics the specs of other Android set-top boxes: at the back is a MicroSD slot, a Micro USB 2.0 port, two USB Type-A 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet port, and HDMI port. Internally, it supports Bluetooth 4.1 and dual-band 801.11ac Wi-Fi connections, and can pump out 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound over HDMI. It also has an IR receiver, which Nvidia specifically noted is compatible with Logitech Harmony remotes.