Nvidia has officially confirmed the Shield TV and Shield TV Pro, two new Android streaming boxes flaunting premium features to improve both the TV and gaming experiences in the living room.
The headline features for both devices includes support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. With the correct equipment, you’ll be able lavish Netflix content with superb visuals and an audio performance to rival the multiplex.
Nvidia claims the new AI upscaling will also be able to give a 4K makeover to SD and HD content. By using artificial intelligence, powered by the new Tegra Z1+ processor, the Shield TV can add extra pixels to the picture so it near-on matches the quality of Ultra HD.
A new Shield remote also makes watching TV far less of a hassle, featuring playback buttons, Google Assistant voice control, an IR blaster, Bluetooth connectivity and a built-in speaker which can emit a noise when you’ve lost the remote. It will also uses AAA batteries, which will be a lot easier to replace than the disc ones required for previous Shield remotes.
Read on for everything else we know about the new Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro.
Related: Nvidia Shield TV review
Nvidia Shield TV 2019 release date
The Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro are available to buy right now.
Nvidia Shield TV 2019 price
The Nvidia Shield TV is available to buy for £149.99. The Pro edition will cost £50 more at £199.99
Related: Nvidia GeForce Now
Nvidia Shield TV features – What’s new?
There are a number of new features for the Shield TV. We’ve listed the best of them below:
- Nvidia Tegra Z1+ processor
- AI upscaling
- Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support
- Amazon Alexa support
- Support for Bluetooth controllers
We’ve gone into more detail for each feature below, exploring how they will help the new Shield TV level up.
Nvidia Tegra Z1+ processor
Nvidia claims the Shield TV will be up to 25% more powerful than the previous console thanks to a new CPU chip.
The Nvidia Tegra Z1+ processor will also allow you to upscale HD content to 4K for “clearer, cripser visuals”. The artificial intelligence is able to add more pixels to the picture so SD and Full HD content suddenly resembles 4K quality.
Related: Dolby Vision HDR guide
Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support
Ask a TV snob what features you should look for to have the ultimate home cinema experience, and they’ll no doubt point you in the direction of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Dolby Vision is an advanced form of HDR, which significantly expands the range of both colour and contrast for an overall improved picture. Dolby Atmos, meanwhile, is a surround-sound technology that creates a dome of sound for a more immersive and three-dimensional audio experience.
With both these features combined (as long as you have a compatible TV and speakers) you’ll have the closest cinema experience possible in the living room.
Amazon Alexa support
Previous editions of the Shield TV supported Google Assistant, allowing you to direct your TV setup via voice commands. The new Shield TV will also support Alexa support, so you’ll be able to access the same voice command features even if you prefer Amazon’s assistant to Google’s.
Support for Bluetooth controllers
Nvidia now allows you to hook up third-party Bluetooth controllers to the Shield. This means you can pair the likes of your PS4 and Xbox One game pad.
Nvidia Shield TV remote – What changes have been made?
The previous generation Shield TV remote control seemed very much aimed at gamers rather than generic TV watchers. It was also rather chunky, yet didn’t have a huge number of buttons on offer. The new version looks more streamlined and should appeal to larger audience.
With a thin Toblerone form factor, the Shield TV controller looks more like your classic TV remote. Ditching coin batteries for the far more attainable AAA batteries, it also looks to improve convenience tenfold.
Plenty more buttons have been added, including playback controls (play, rewind, pause etc) as well as dedicated volume buttons. Right at the bottom you’ll see a Netflix button too, so you can hop to the most popular streaming service right away.
IR control should also allow you to control your TV and speakers with the same remote, so you don’t have to contend with multiple devices just to watch a film. Finally, a built-in “lost remote locator” theoretically means the Shield TV will help you locate your remote if you’ve misplaced it.