Nvidia Shield Android TV set-top box now on sale in North America

The powerful, and potentially revolutionary, Android TV-based Nvidia Shield media streaming device is now on sale in the United States and Canada.

The $199 (around £125) Tegra X1-powered media hub, described as the flagship Android TV device, offers the full quotient of apps and access to live TV via Sling TV and Google’s Live Channels app.

Users will also be able to sample 4K content, with a compatible television set, thanks to the integration of Netflix and YouTube’s Ultra HD offerings. It’ll also bring HBO Now into the fray, which was announced for Android at Google I/O.

It’ll also be a gaming powerhouse with over 200 games available on the operating system, including 20 titles exclusive to the Shield. The Nvidia Grid games service will offer streamed access to a host of AAA titles, making it a potential purchase for those looking at a new console or gaming PC.

The device, which as a 256 core Nvidia GPU alongside the 64-bit CPU, is said to offer 30-times the power of competing devices.

The 16GB model is $199, while the Sheild Pro ($299 / £199) comes with 500GB of storage, which is perfect for housing your music and video library. It also includes support for memory cards up to 128GB.

Both models include a controller and the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel bundled in. If you want a remote control with voice search, that’ll be another $50, while additional controllers are $60.

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The Nvidia Sheild was originally announced at GDC back in March and is different from the gaming-centric Nvidia Shield Tablet that earned an impressive 9/10 score from TrustedReviews earlier this month.

In a recent hands on with the set-top box, our Gaming Editor Sam Loveridge wrote: “With a slick design, excellent hardware and the Nvidia Shield game-streaming potential, Nvidia could have a revolutionary product on its hands.”

We’ll have a full review available in due course, plus word on the UK release date when more information becomes available.