Amazon Outs Nvidia Shield Pro Console

As the official launch of the Nvidia Shield console draws close, Amazon accidentally reveals a second model, which was removed from listing soon after it was leaked.

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As buzz builds leading up to the May 28 launch of the Nvidia Shield Console, e-tailer Amazon.com has outed a second version of the Android TV device. Nvidia unveiled the Shield Console for $200 at GDC 2015 in March. Now Amazon has revealed (briefly) a $300 Nvidia Shield Pro with 500GB of storage. The listing was removed shortly after it was listed.

Both versions of the Android TV device will come with a controller and an HDMI cable, with the option to add a stand and a remote to your order. The main difference is the amount of hard drive space, as the Shield Console was announced to have just 16GB of storage. The Shield Console has a microSD card slot which can also be used for extra storage space.


The first Nvidia gaming console, which follows the Nvidia Shield Portable and Nvidia Shield Tablet, will support 4K video games and video out of the box and run on the new 256-core Nvidia Tegra X1 superchip. Shield Console also supports HDMI, USB 3.0, 802.11 ac 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and comes with 3GB of RAM.

There will be 200 games available at launch, each optimized to take advantage of controller support. In addition to Android games designed for Tegra X1, gamers can use the cloud to play GRID games like Metro: Last Light Redux, Dying Light, and Crysis 3 on Shield Console. These games will be delivered at 1080p and run at 60 frames per second.

With the annual Google I/O developer conference happening May 28-29, expect additional news regarding the first next gen Android TV micro console device from Nvidia.

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    May 26, 2015 6:00 AM

    John Gaudiosi posted a new article, Amazon Outs Nvidia Shield Pro Console

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      May 26, 2015 6:11 AM

      Weird product, seems like a dock for the tablet would do most of what this can accomplish.

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        May 26, 2015 6:43 AM

        That would make more sense than this "console." I just don't see the point in this device. A hard wired android TV device which can stream games as well has already been done. Several times in fact and has been rejected by the consumers over and over again.

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          May 26, 2015 7:10 AM

          What Android TV devices are you referring to?

          Anyway, I see this more as a Roku replacement that can also stream games from my desktop and play some games natively. With a 500GB hard drive, I imagine they're also positioning it as a small-scale media server. For $300 that's pretty sweet.

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            May 26, 2015 7:19 AM

            Ouya, M.O.J.O., Onlive, Gamestick, and probably a couple others. Maybe Fire TV as well. I've even used my HTC One phone and splashtop to stream from my computer to the TV. Not great mind you but it works reasonable well.

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              May 26, 2015 7:24 AM

              I've never heard of M.O.J.O. or Gamestick. I'm assuming that, like the Ouya, they're using shitty last-generation cell phone hardware to play cell phone games on your TV. That's very, very different from the Shield.

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              May 26, 2015 7:48 AM

              Most of what you're referring to used low-end specs. The X1 is extremely capable compared to the Tegra3 like chips of what has come before. Also, Nvidia has specifically invested in cloud rendered gaming technology. There have been some Shackers that have tried the new GRID stuff on their Shield tablet and reported that it works very well. So, I can see where this going.

              I think it's probably true that the Android side of this isn't likely to do well. Nvidia is trying to push the curve here, but they're fighting an uphill battle almost trying to take us back to the early 3d hardware days where games had to code for specific chip sets. <shutter> I assume they're not necessarily trying to push backwards like that, but I get that the are trying to elevate the level of mobile graphics.

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              May 26, 2015 7:54 AM

              None of those stream my PC games library to my TV, which is the most appealing part of all the Shield devices. Steam Link and Razer are making similar devices soon (for less money and less resolution but in my opinion 4k isn't really important yet) but I don't think that's a tested market yet.

              Also, Nvidia Grid sounds pretty cool. If they have the infrastructure and keep the library FULL, then I can imagine an all you can eat service doing ok. Onlive required you to buy all the games individually. This is more like Netflix streaming from what I understand. Pay a subscription and play everything on the service.

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          May 26, 2015 5:20 PM

          I want it to replace my doorstop ps3 and shitty chromecast that always has issues with wireless. I can hard wire the console right into my ethernet and stream games off my pc and also use it as a remote desktop.

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      May 26, 2015 7:51 AM

      This is really curious. I get why they'd want to do a step-top box. But, I don't get the 500gb bit. Android games just don't take up THAT much space. And, they're pushing towards cloud gaming, so your internet connection is more important than local storage. What are they going to be espousing that we'll want that much storage for?

      I'm not knocking having that much storage. You can never have too much. Local storage of movies I guess the most logical use, but there are so many other ways to do that - although my HDMI ports are all being used. Just can't figure out what their justification is. $300, though, isn't too bad a price for that I guess.

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        May 26, 2015 8:04 AM

        I'm hoping/assuming the 500GB is to make the box function as a small media server kind of thing.

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          May 26, 2015 8:36 AM

          That's about the only thing that makes sense, but there are so many products out there right now to do that. And, hard to top a good Plex solution too.

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            May 26, 2015 8:38 AM

            IIRC, they've said that Plex is explicitly supported. Maybe it will function as a Plex server?

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              May 26, 2015 10:36 AM

              That seems ... not "redundant", but like a late to market solution. I mean, you can even run Plex on some NAS devices. But, I assume we'll know more in 2 days.

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      May 26, 2015 8:01 AM

      I'm loving the giant banner ad with SHIELD misspelled "SHEILD" at the top of the page.

      Now neither of those look like words to me anymore.

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      May 26, 2015 10:39 AM

      Ah, just looked at the site. I keep forgetting this is a Google Play supported device and they're pushing the 4k angle. So, now I'm guessing they'll have some preloaded 4k content on it, plus they'll say it's ready to store 4k movies from Google on the device if your internet connection isn't up to speed.

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      May 26, 2015 4:49 PM

      I for one am excited for this and don't currently own a shield product. Reasons:

      -Best PC game streaming option for my couch. I don't play many pc games anymore and want to.
      -Gamestream: Low latency streaming for the PC for games i own. I can do this with limelight now but the controller integration actually makes a decent amount of difference.
      -GRID: low latency subscription service to stream PC games from nvidia cloud servers. I'm excited to see how this goes, I love the idea. Upfront they have 40-50 free grid titles without subscription, the subscription model comes in June at which point that goes away in favor of that. Hopefully that works out.
      -Native android games and custom builds for the shield tv. Such as crysis 3 etc running natively.
      -Android device: load non native android tv apps. This can mean a lot of things.
      -Emulation
      -Android tv: I use fire tv right now and I'm happy with it, but if I can replace that with this without losing anything and have the other features that's pretty sweet.
      -I don't think steamlink will offer more than this for couch pc gaming, so it looks like the best option. Though the new steam controller intrigues me.