Nvidia unveils new Shield TV streaming device

Original Shield TV owners won't be left behind, will get new features

"And with SHIELD's new AI home capability, we can control and interact with content through the magic of artificial intelligence from anywhere in the house", he said. The updated design supports 4K HDR streaming.

Shield TV also supports 4k Ultra HD content from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu. And in the coming months, the YouTube flagship TV app will be launching on Shield with the ability to view 360-degree video streams.

According to The Verge, the device is very similar to Amazon's Echo Dot, but it does not work as a standalone product and would need the main Shield TV for it to work. Ubisoft is integrating GeForce Now into its UPlay game store, adding all Ubisoft games available on the service to GeForce Now. Upcoming games include The Witness, Tomb Raider, and Shadowgun Legends.

Google Assistant is the biggest addition.

Better still, when the niftier Google Assistant arrives shortly the Shield will support that, too, for a proper home hub experience.

That means you can simply plug one in a bedroom socket and use voice commands to find out the weather, managed your schedule and just about do anything a Google Home can do.

NVIDIA SPOT, an AI mic accessory that makes SHIELD the central backbone of the AI home, extending intelligent control throughout the house.

We're yet to test its range for voice, and we're not yet sure of availability - it's coming after the Shield TV, which is out from 16 January - but we're definitely looking forward to giving it a whirl.

If you like the look of the new smart remote or gamepad, then these will both work with the old Shield TV as well. In addition, the company is also releasing a SHIELD TV Pro model later this month with the controller, remote with a headset jack, and 500GB of storage for $300. A separate version of SHIELD, with custom software optimized for China, will be available later this year.

The Shield itself is slightly smaller than its predecessor while keeping the same signature Nvidia aesthetic. Google Assistant will have the same features we've seen in its implementations in Google Home and the Google Pixel, and an optional Samsung-built USB dongle will let the Shield function as a SmartThings Hub for home automation. Today, NVIDIA is increasingly known as "the AI computing company".

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