Why SHIELD Graphics Deliver the Best Gaming Experiences

By NVIDIA - Wed, Sep 9, 2015
Which other NVIDIA products are built on Maxwell architecture?*

For Desktop PCs:

  • GeForce GTX TITAN X
  • GeForce GTX 980
  • GeForce GTX 980Ti
  • GeForce GTX 970
  • GeForce GTX 960
  • GeForce GTX 750Ti
  • GeForce GTX 750

For Laptops:

  • GeForce GTX 980M
  • GeForce GTX 970M
  • GeForce GTX 965M
  • GeForce GTX 960M
  • GeForce GTX 950M

In case you were wondering:: The “M” designation is for the “mobile” form factor.

* List accurate as of Aug. 26, 2015.

While it’s not necessarily news that NVIDIA SHIELD is the world’s most capable Android TV box, combining 4K capability with an incredible gaming experience, all wrapped in a svelte and sexy package.

The Architecture Behind SHIELD Graphics

We here at NVIDIA knew that to achieve this SHIELD graphics had to share the same core technology as our flagship Maxwell architecture-based gaming products, the TITAN X and GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPUs.

While Maxwell is the world’s most advanced and efficient GPU architecture, it also allows us to deliver the best performance at any power budget, from graphics card to set-top box.

With that in mind SHIELD implements two Maxwell streaming multiprocessors, delivering up to one teraflop of floating point performance. That performance is well beyond that of the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 and serves to put SHIELD in a class by itself for any Android TV. Additionally, that kind of graphics firepower enables developers to create the graphically intensive and immersive games that today’s gamers demand.

Graphics APIs (Application Programming Interfaces)

SHIELD supports the latest graphics APIs, including

  • DirectX 12-class functionality
  • Vulkan
  • OpenGL ES3.1 + AEP (Android Extension Pack)
  • OpenGL 4.4

Developers can bring high-end games to SHIELD using the graphics interfaces they’re already using or want to use.

Graphics Technologies

SHIELD supports state-of-the-art graphics technologies and capabilities such as:

  • Physically based rendering
  • Motion blur simulation
  • Voxel-based global illumination
  • Depth of field
  • Advanced lighting with deferred shading
  • High dynamic range rendering.

Enjoy Great Android Games on SHIELD

SHIELD graphics let developers unleash their imagination and bring high-end gaming experiences to a wider audience. And it’s great for gamers, who can kick back and enjoy awesome Android games on SHIELD in the living room, including:

Watch for a rising tide of incredible new Android games coming to SHIELD over the next several months.

Buy your NVIDIA SHIELD today!

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