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Power-packed Nvidia Shield gets even better at streaming and gamesThe $200 do-it-all media box now has a better controller and an even bigger list of features -- and it's smaller too.
Here's the all new Nvidia Shield. One of the most powerful streaming video devices available and it also plays games. The most important thing to know about the Shield for streaming fans, the addition of Amazon Video. Available in the latest interface, complete with thousands of free titles for prime subscribers and thousands more available for purchase. Amazon and Netflix can also stream at 4k and HDR for the highest quality video to compatible TV's. 4k [UNKNOWN] from other apps are available too including YouTube, Fodoo and [UNKNOWN] TV. New shield is smaller than the old one [UNKNOWN] card slot but otherwise they're identical In our tests, they showed the same snappy operational speed. Nvidia includes a remote with the new Shield, and unlike the old version, it uses coin batteries that last up to a year. The new clicker can also control TV volume and power using infrared commands. Gaming is also better on the new Shield, thanks to a redesigned controller that I found a lot easier to grip. The steady flow of games includes new titles like The Witness, and numerous older titles too. For $8 a month, you can stream games using the GeForce Now service, although in my testing there was occasional lag and quality wasn't as good as the PC game. And if you have a video equipped PC in the house, you can stream games from there to your big screen TV, a feature that worked very well in my testing. If all that isn't enough, later in the year will add Google assisting which basically allows the box to replace the always on, always listening speaker Google Home, using the far field mic built into the game control We'll check that out when it becomes available but Sheila's already the most powerful streamer you can buy. It's price is relatively steep at $200, but could well be worth it to heavy streaming video users who like to game.