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NVIDIA announces Nvidia Shield set-top box entertainment system

During GDC 2015, Nvidia has announced it will be entering the living room space with its Nvidia Shield.

The set-top box will be the world's first 4K Android TV consumer product when it's released. As with most Android TV devices, it'll be connected to Google's cloud servers and will be able to sync content to and from the device with other Android devices.

The Nvidia Shield comes with its own remote that features simplified controls, such as a 1-click, 1-touch voice search button and is powered by a high data rate bi-directional bluetooth. It also has a bluetooth receiver that allows the user to plug in headphones in order to enjoy their entertainment in a more personal way. In addition to its remote, the Shield also has a controller that Nvidia says has been engineered for "serious gaming" as it's able to perform for at least 40 hours between charges.

As far as its internals, the Shield runs on Nvidia's Tegra X1 chip. The Tegra X1 chip is able to perform better than the Xbox 360 as it runs on DirectX 12, has 3GB of memory, and runs at a lower wattage. During the demo, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel was announced to being in development for the Nvidia Shield. The game was shown in action running at 30fps, although it still looked to stutter slightly during play.

The Nvidia Shield will launch with over 50 Android titles when it's released, such as Doom 3 BFG Edition, Crysis 3, and The Talos Principle.

The Nvidia Shield will retail for $199 and will come with a game controller when it launches in May 2015.

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