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Welcome to the Game, Apple TV

By William O'Neal - Thu, Sep 10, 2015

There’s no dearth of inexpensive streaming options out there. But what if, like us, you not only prefer high-end solutions, but you also recognize the ever-changing nature of technology and want to future-proof your set-top box setup? Until now, NVIDIA SHIELD was the only game in town. Yesterday however, Apple embraced what we’ve been saying all along:

People want more than the run-of-the-mill options that are currently on the market.

Streamers and cord cutters want high-end, future-proof solutions with the horsepower to deliver top-notch entertainment experiences. And that’s where NVIDIA SHIELD, and now Apple TV, come in.

NVIDIA SHIELD or the New Apple TV?

If you’ve been watching from the sidelines as the cord-cutting revolution began to take shape, waiting for more “substantial” options, you may now find yourself at a crossroads. “Which way do I go?” If you’re already an Apple TV user, we don’t necessarily expect you to run out and buy the new Apple TV.

While many of the features are impressive, the basic offerings may not justify the $200 price-tag over what you already own. There’s a more important question however. Do you really want to be locked into that walled garden?

The Flexibility of SHIELD

Deciding between SHIELD and the new Apple TV can be boiled down to one key question:

Are you already deeply invested in one ecosystem over the other?

If you already own an iPhone, Macbook, and an iPad you’re, probably a committed iOS user. But Android TV is inclusive and to that end, SHIELD also supports streaming from your current iOS devices.

Voice Search? Voice Commands? SHIELD has it!

But what if your technological tendencies are less about adhering to one ecosystem over the other? Instead, you find yourself leaning toward the most powerful, capable, and flexible device available at the time? In that case you’ll definitely want to consider SHIELD.

Sporting myriad high-end and unique features like voice search, voice commands, expandable memory, the flexibility of Android TV, and a plethora of IO options, SHIELD not only offers a top-notch streaming solution replete with 4K resolution, but class-leading gaming offerings that consistently set the industry standard.

More than just Set-top Box Gaming

Speaking of gaming, more than anything we were happy to see Apple embrace something that NVIDIA has been supporting all along: set-top gaming. Relatively speaking, the world of set-top Android gaming is in its infancy. As is the case with set-top iOS gaming now with tvOS. Where SHIELD stands apart from the new Apple TV is that it’s more than just a set-top Android gaming device. Thanks to GRID and GameStream, SHIELD owners are free to play any manner of AAA PC titles like GTA V, Metal Gear Solid, and Mad Max.

The choice is yours. With two high-end streaming options on the table, it’s decision time. While the new Apple TV is a definite improvement over its predecessor, the fact remains that would-be streamers and cord cutters also crave truly high-end experiences.

SHIELD, Boasting 4K streaming, voice search, voice commands, and a gaming ecosystem that not only includes a full-blown App store but also the same amazing titles that are currently available on PCs and next-gen gaming consoles. This means the choice is actually a simple one: SHIELD.

Compare NVIDIA SHIELD with Apple TV and other streaming media players.