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CES 2017: Nvidia announces Shield streaming box for games, 4K HDR video

Shield will be 'the first entertainment platform that is able to enjoy Netflix and Amazon's content in 4K HDR.'


Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced a Shield entertainment box that features 4K HDR gaming and video-streaming capabilities.

The Shield box will retail for $199, and offers compatibility with Amazon, Netflix, Youtube, Google Play, Steam, and Nvidia Games.

To expand the Shield's functionality, Nvidia created an "AI microphone" called AI Spot, a home assistant-type device that plugs into any wall outlet. It's a peripheral for Shield, and the tablet handles computing. Users can convey commands to Spot via speech, and the tech triangulates your position so you can talk to it from anywhere in your home.

Editor's note: Why, yes, it did sound like Huang said "Nvidia Spy" instead of "Spot."

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    January 4, 2017 7:35 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, CES 2017: Nvidia announces Shield streaming box for games, 4K HDR video

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      January 4, 2017 7:47 PM

      Ok, the Spot thing sounds pretty slick. If it works, that starts allowing Star Trek levels of home automation.

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      January 4, 2017 7:55 PM

      Good thing i bought a warranty for mine at Best Buy, i can just return it and exchange it for the new one, and I guess my Steam Link is about to become useless.

      I hope they can at least keep supporting the old one in the long run

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      January 4, 2017 8:36 PM

      Can't both the PS4 and Xbox One S do 4K HDR Netflix and Amazon?

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        January 4, 2017 8:41 PM

        No. One S does HDR Netflix. Amazon update has not gone live. PS4 so far is only 4K.

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        January 4, 2017 8:43 PM

        No 4k Amazon app for Xbox One S yet

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        January 4, 2017 9:13 PM

        Sounds like Nvidia has some special deal with Netflix and Amazon. I don't see why PlayStation and Xbox shouldn't be able to do 4K HDR.

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      January 5, 2017 3:25 AM

      I believe their current box does hdr and 4k already. Amazon streaming is pretty cool though.

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      January 5, 2017 5:18 AM

      Kinda disappointed this isn't a new chip. Guess Nintendo soaked up all of their new tech. But, that could be a good sign that the actual chip being used is customized, and not the off-the-shelf version that would have been used in the tablet refresh or this box. So, hopefully the Switch is going to really benefit. We'll know in 7 days I guess.

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        January 5, 2017 5:55 AM

        This looks like the case. This guy deduced that the Switch dev kit that was leaked over the summer and is still the basis for what we know about its specs was an old Jetson TX1 board:

        There is a faster dev kit some got in October that we know very little about. That is presumably custom and much closer to the shipping retail units. Very curious to see what it ends up being.

        I'll note that the video is wrong about one thing. There is zero performance difference between Maxwell and Pascal given identical clock speeds and core counts. Again, it comes down to whatever custom configuration they make for this thing.

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          January 5, 2017 6:07 AM

          I'm also disappointed that none of the media has talked at all about possible customizations. I saw on the Nvidia blog that they mention custom software for audio, and a few other bits. I assume they're providing a much tighter integration between the OS and hardware to squeeze more performance out of the closed system than an open architecture like Android. Plus whatever customizations they actually make in the hardware - which I think really will only be power management. The more I think about it, this seems the best place that Nintendo would want to spend any money on an existing chip design. Well, power and heat.

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      January 5, 2017 6:21 AM

      Where does this put a 1080ti announcement since it didn't happen here? Does that thing even exist? The rumors about it seemed pretty strong. I'm holding off on an upgrade till they outline their plans with that thing (maybe I'll never get to upgrade).

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