NVIDIA Shield Is Finally Coming To Australia (Officially)

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For Australians, consoles were typically the best and cheapest media devices that could also play games. But next month, they'll finally have an equally well-priced competitor: the official Australian launch of the NVIDIA Shield.

The 4K HDR-capable streaming device will come to Australia in two forms, bundled with either a remote or NVIDIA's proprietary controller plus the remote. It'll be available from $249, about $50 bucks lower than the deals that have been offered on Xbox One S bundles over the last year.

The SHIELD runs off Android TV and gives full use to Google's offering through the Play Store and Play Movies/TV, meaning you'll be able to access Netflix, Stan, tenplay (which you can't get on the PS4, annoyingly) and other local services.

Based on Android TV, SHIELD is an open platform media streaming device. It taps into Google’s industry leading search capabilities, connects to your library of entertainment with Google Play Movies & TV, and provides access to the Google Play Store for Stan, tenplay, 7 Plus and a near endless supply of apps and games.

The main hook of all this, of course, is games. The SHIELD can directly access Steam's Big Picture mode, giving you access to the library in your Steam account. There's also a bunch of select titles available for streaming direct through the SHIELD, including the Tomb Raider reboot, This War of Mine, Half-Life 2, Mini Metro, Ultimate Chicken Horse, and more.

NVIDIA's release didn't mention anything about Geforce Now, NVIDIA's Netflix-esque service for game streaming. Given how significant the bandwidth requirements are for that, however, it's not something most Australians able to take advantage of anyway. But streaming buttery smooth gameplay throughout your internal network is more than possible, and the SHIELD can broadcast 4K HDR footage (compared to the Steam Link, which caps out at 1080p/60fps).

We'll be spending some time with the SHIELD later this week, and I'll have my thoughts for you when the embargo lifts. But if you're a PC gamer who can't stand the in-built apps on your smart TV, and you don't want to invest in a console to upgrade the experience in your living room, this might be worth a look.


Comments

    More expensive than a X1S on sale (MS has them on eBay atm for $240 free shipping), doesn't come with a 4K Bluray player, plays almost no games, and the $249 model only includes a remote (no controller) and only 16GB of storage.

    The only people I think should be looking to pick this up are those looking to stream their PC ala Steam link, as Nvidia's solution is a little more robust. Everyone else would still be better off with an X1S.

      I wouldn't really compare the two with each other. The xbox is a gaming console, and the Nvidia shield is a media player.

      The shield the most powerful media player on the market at the moment. Handles full quality bluray 4k HDR with Atmos/DTS:X. Apple TV does not support Atmos, and the xbox has problems with atmos support too.

      Due to running android TV, it has issues with auto framerate switching and auto colourspace (must be changed manually every time you go from 4k hdr to 1080p sdr) but the only solution on the market that supports that is to run something like a vero 4k or librelec on a minix u9h.

      If you want to play games - xbox is the no brainier between the two. If you want a media player for a home theatre, then it's the Nvidia shield.

        You can do pretty well much all you just mentioned on the X1S, you get a game console AND a media player.

        The shield is just a media player.

      I have one of these that i got from the US

      I have tried it for gaming and its not great at that, so I would say get a console over this if you want to game.

      As a streaming\media box, it is awesome. I use it for Plex, Netflix and catchup tv and everything is easy to use

      I just got amazon prime, so need to test out amazon video on it too

    In other news I learnt today... They still make the Nvidia Shield!

      The chip that powers the Shield also powers the Nintendo Switch. The tech's come good, even if it's not under the Nvidia brand so much.

        The shield uses a tegra4
        The switch uses a tegra X1.
        They ain't the same.

          The handheld shield used a Tegra 4, the TV uses the same X1 part (clocks higher as well due to the form factor). The Shield Tablet used a K1.

            My bad, and thanks for calling it out. I meant the line of tech, but didn't clarify at all.

              That's cool, I mentioned more because the X1 is by far superior and the same guts was a myth people were spreading before the Nintendo switch came out, to try and say the switch would be crap.

            So?
            The article is about the shield, the poster was talking about the shield. What their other products contain is a moot point.

    Finally, I'll definitely be grabbing one upon release.

    Wouldn’t something like the Nuc do everything you wanted to do with media (or just your PC generally), and for a lot less?

    I feel like this is a completely wasted environment (Australia) for this product type. Other than a few tech-hungry kids (I use the term disparagingly for anyone under the age of 35) with disposable income, I can’t see this getting much traction. Other than the Australian internet being s’house, I feel like the price point is going to be a barrier to entry (for what you get).

    There’s either some very brave or very silly marketing people at Nvidia.

      A NUC is less powerful than the 1080GTX you have in the other room...

      The principal use for this device ultimately to stream games, potentially at 4k, from your gaming PC over your home network. It can also act as a media player. The Steam Link is cheaper but limited to 1080p and has no internal media functions (relying on streaming a PC desktop).

    Maybe i'll be able to buy replacement power adapters so I don't have to run a converter for both of mine :P

    Install plex media server on it, run a hd in, and use it as a streaming server for 4k content to your other devices.

    This is great news, I was only just thinking about getting one imported. Might just wait now and see how they price them.

    I hate my Shield. Promised so much and delivered so little.
    Suitable only for Geeks who enjoy the endless tweaking. The sound sync issues with my Shield, are a deal breaker. Keen to send it back. The time spent messing with all the fixes mentioned on the net is many times the cost of just buying a newer tv with local shop support.

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