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Nvidia Shield Android TV review: The future, at a price

Jared Newman | July 27, 2015
In a year or two, 4K resolution will likely be a standard feature in streaming media boxes. Until then, we have the Nvidia Shield Android TV. The Shield is more than just an Android TV set-top box with 4K streaming. It's a lightweight gaming console, whose Tegra X1 processor can handle some modern games like Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Talos Principle, and Portal. It can also stream high-end games from the Internet using Nvidia's GRID subscription service, and from networked PCs with Nvidia GeForce graphics processors on board.

The Nvidia Shield Android TV is rough around the edges in both hardware and software. But between gaming, 4K video, and Google Cast, it's capable of some tricks that other set-tops can't touch. For those who crave raw power and future-proofing, the Shield's perks could be worth the occasional frustration.

 

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