Back in early March of this year, NVIDIA officially unveiled the SHIELD set-top box, which runs Android TV. Now, a couple of months later, it’s finally available.
Following the I/O 2015 keynote, NVIDIA officially announced that the SHIELD set-top box running Android TV is now available to buy from a variety of retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon and NVIDIA’s own online shop. Prices start at $199.99 for the base model, which is equipped with 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot to offer more storage, an HDMI cable, a SHIELD controller and $30 towards purchases made through the Google Play Store.
Throw down $299.99, though, and you’ll get a SHIELD set-top box with the Pro label and a 500GB built-in storage, plus all of the aforementioned items as well. You’ll also get a copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! at no additional cost.
Based on Best Buy and Amazon’s shipping times, the 16GB is available right now with delivery arriving soon after the purchase is made. However, for the Pro model, the shipping is June 3 from NVIDIA, while Amazon says it won’t ship until June 12.
Additional SHIELD controllers will run $59.99, while a stand for the set-top box is on offer for $29.99. If you prefer to get a remote that’s voice-enabled, that’ll cost you $49.99.
As far as specifications go, you’ll find a NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor along with a 256-core GPU for good measure. It boasts 3GB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, a pair of USB 3.0 ports and HDMI out. Android TV offers upwards of 200 games right now, with 20 titles specifically heading to the SHIELD set-top box in the coming months.
Do you plan on picking up NVIDIA’s SHIELD?