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New Games, New Apps, and More in 4K for NVIDIA SHIELD!

By William O'Neal - Wed, May 18, 2016

As the flagship Android TV device, and now with even more apps and games at your command, NVIDIA SHIELD continues to lead the industry in everything from gaming, entertainment, and especially 4k. And this week at Google I/O, the Mountain View based company’s annual developer conference, Google made several announcements that will get NVIDIA SHIELD fans even more fired up.

Like us, SHIELD fans are avid cord cutters, and that process was made easier with the addition of top apps such as ESPN and Spotify, just to name a few. Additionally, cord cutters will also welcome the fact that SHIELD is the first Streaming Media Player with the ability to stream Netflix HDR (high dynamic range). And if that’s not enough we also got a sneak peek of Google’s latest OS update, Android N.

In addition to a plethora of new and exciting apps, gamers will welcome the addition of Resident Evil 5, Homefront: The Revolution, and Shadwen to the SHIELD family of available games.

The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV app landscape just keeps getting better!

After the Google I/O keynote, Google’s Android team broke into several sessions where they revealed a plethora of new and popular apps on the Android TV platform.

Sports fans will be stoked to fire up the Warriors game on WatchESPN, now on Shield. Hands down the must-have channel for sports fans, you’ll always be up to date on what’s happening in the world of sports and be able to seamlessly view everything from the the NBA and the MLB, to Monday Night Football! Of course, adding WatchESPN rounds our catalog of sports apps that already includes WWE, UFC, CBS Sports, and of course SlingTV.

The Android TV music scene also just got a lot louder with the announcement of Spotify, MTV, and Deezer. 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for news and in this realm, the Android TV landscape doesn’t disappoint, with the addition of CNN, NPR, ABC News and NBC News.

4k and HDR: The Future of TV

While we’re extremely excited to see these new apps on NVIDIA SHIELD, the fact remains that SHIELD’s appeal is about more than just apps for apps sake. Arguably one of the most powerful media streamers on the market, SHIELD is also all about watching the content you want to watch in the best way possible. And that’s where 4k comes in. With that in mind we’re pleased to also talk about our partnership with VUDU. Fans know that VUDU is a great way to watch TV and movies, and now we can add VUDU to the list of 4k-capable apps on SHIELD. If that’s not enough, VUDU also sports voice search. Additionally, with Ultraviolet support, VUDU lets you watch your physical movie collection without needing to switch to your DVD player. And the VUDU app on SHIELD supports cross app search so you can easily find all the places to purchase movies and shows of interest and pick the platform of interest to you.

Since making a splash last Spring as the most capable Streaming Media Player on the market, SHIELD hasn’t rested on its laurels, but it’s been evolving. And evolving fast. With new updates coming that greatly improve the SHIELD experience fans loved that SHIELD was the first streaming media player to output in 4K Ultra HD at 60 frames per second. SHIELD even has support for YouTube in 4K at 60 FPS. If that's not enough, SHIELD will be the first smart TV box to boast Netflix HDR(1). With expanded range of both contrast and color, high dynamic range on SHIELD provides viewers the best Netflix experiences imaginable.

Let’s talk about gaming!

Depending on who you talk to, SHIELD is either a top-notch streaming media player that also doubles as an excellent gaming console or vice versa. Either way, rocking that Tegra X1 processor, SHIELD makes it possible for developers to bring their games, played natively, to the device. For instance Resident Evil 5 is set to join the SHIELD family May 19th.

In addition to native games the NVIDIA SHIELD family of devices also benefit from GeForce NOW, our on-demand service that connects you to NVIDIA’s cloud-gaming supercomputers. We also saw the addition of Shadwen earlier this week that can be purchased and played instantly on GeForce NOW.

With both native and GeForce NOW games, SHIELD will soon welcome HDR GameStream into the picture. WIth new, Pascal-based GPUs, gamers will soon be able to stream PC games with HDR from their GeForce-powered gaming PCs to the living room.

There’s never been a better time to get an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV!

With an ever-expanding list of apps, games, and features, Google didn’t disappoint. We’re excited to not only see the Android TV app landscape expand, but with myriad technological updates, SHIELD is just getting better. To add to this, Google also gave a look at future updates coming to Android N, the most anticipated being DVR support and multi screen (picture-in-picture) viewing.

If you haven’t joined the NVIDIA SHIELD bandwagon, the time to do so is now. And to celebrate, for a limited time, we’re including a remote when you buy an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV.

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