Today, Nvidia officially announced the availability of the Nvidia Shield Android TV console at the Google I/O conference for developers.
Two models are launching today, which include the base Shield for $199 and the Shield Pro for $299. The pro version includes a 500 GB hard drive and comes bundled with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Both come packed with a Shield controller and HDMI cable. Optional accessories include a remote control with voice search for $29.99, a stand for $29.99, and additional controllers that go for $59.99 each.
The device aims to help usher in the move away from traditional television, the Nvidia Shield lets you stream a wealth of content, including 4K video, music, and even video games. Its powerful Tegra X1 processor features a 256-core Nvidia GPU and a 64-bit CPU, meaning that it offers up to 30x the performance of competing devices. It also significantly ups the possibilities of Android gaming.
Nvidia Shield consoles can be purchased directly from Nvidia, BestBuy, Amazon and other participating retailers. For a limited time, purchasing a Shield or Shield Pro console will get you $30 in Google Play store credit and a 90-day subscription to Google Play Music All Access.
The following infographic illustrates how entertainment has been leading up to the launch of the Nvidia Shield.