New NVIDIA SHIELD TV debuts with Google Assistant, NVIDIA Spot accessory official, too


New NVIDIA SHIELD TV debuts with Google Assistant, NVIDIA Spot accessory official, too

NVIDIA’s SHIELD TV is one of the better Android TV set-top boxes on the market, and today the follow-up to that device has been revealed.

The new NVIDIA SHIELD TV, just like its predecessor, runs Android TV. Included is the ability to use Google Assistant on your television thanks to Google optimizations for using Assistant on the big screen. With Assistant, you can use voice commands to find content, pause, fast-forward, and rewind.

NVIDIA’s new SHIELD TV also supports 4K HDR content from Amazon Video. There’s also support for 4K content from Netflix, Google Play Movies, Vudu, and YouTube. Speaking of YouTube, support for watching 360-degree videos on YouTube will come to the SHIELD TV via a software update in the coming months.

The new SHIELD TV also supports gaming. Titles like Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and For Honor will be playable on the box, and NVIDIA says that Ubisoft titles will be available simultaneously with their PC release.

The new NVIDIA SHIELD TV is available for pre-order today for $199.99, a price that includes the 16GB console, remote, and controller. Units will begin shipping in the US, Canada, and select European markets later in January.

NVIDIA also plans to offer a SHIELD Pro model with a controller, remote with headset jack, and 500GB of storage later in January for $299.99.

New NVIDIA SHIELD TV debuts with Google Assistant, NVIDIA Spot accessory official, too

The NVIDIA Spot was announced today, too. Pictured above, this accessory for the NVIDIA SHIELD will give you access to Google Assistant throughout your home, just by being plugged into a power outlet. Each NVIDIA Spot will cost $49.99.

Finally, NVIDIA says that features announced for the new SHIELD TV will come to existing SHIELD devices via a software update that’ll be released in January.

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