NVIDIA SHIELD is the first Android TV-powered game console

NVIDIA yesterday announced SHIELD, the company's first living room device and the world's first Android TV-based game console. Powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor, the SHIELD is an ultrathin (just 25mm thick) console designed to play games through GRID – NVIDIA's streaming service – and controller based titles available for Android.

NVIDIA says over 50 native Android titles will have SHIELD support when the micro-console launches in May. These will include titles such as Doom 3, Resident Evil 5, Metal Gear Solid: Revengence and Crysis 3. Gearbox Software has confirmed that it will be bringing native versions of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre Sequel to the SHIELD.

In addition to its gaming capabilities, the SHIELD is the first 4K-compatible Android TV set-top box with NVIDIA claiming it can playback ultra-high definition video at 60 frames per second.

The SHIELD is slated for a May launch in the United States, and will retail for USD$200 including a proprietary controller. Australian availability has yet to be confirmed.

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