NVIDIA Shield TV Review: Best Set top Box Ever?

by birtanpublished on May 12, 2021

What's up everybody this is Danny and this is the Nvidia shield TV if you're in the market for set-top box there are ton of them out there and good ones like the Apple TV Amazon fire TVs and Nexus player and they're fairly cheap and they do a pretty good job with a few compromises but what Nvidia wanted to do was take their gaming knowledge and combine it with Android TV and replace all of these for the shield TV to become the central hub of your multimedia experience all of those set-top boxes are limited to 1080p resolution but the shield is very unique for it's one of the first boxes to output 4k at 60

Frames per second so your future proofing your setup here so if you're interested in buying a 4k TV or have one then this is a fantastic choice Nvidia is offering some accessories here which I'll show you later on in this video but the shield comes at $199 for the 16 gigabyte model and there is a pro 500 gigabyte model for $2.99 these are both available right now so I'll leave links in the description section below where you can check it out and pick one up for yourself I love the design of this thing and it is extremely powerful in videos new x1 processor

That's an 8 core processor with 3 gigabytes of RAM and 256 graphics cores all this packed into a very slim package 802 dot 11 AC dual band Wi-Fi bluetooth 4.1 and so much more with all of these ports the shield TVs definitely read to be the center of your living room it's got the power port HDMI 2.0 for 4k output the ethernet port two USB 3.0 ports micro USB port and it also has a micro SD card slot expansion which is very important for the 16 gigabyte model for super easy and expandable storage and you have your vents on the front you will see your IR receiver which gives

You compatibility with your universal remotes the optional shield stand looks all it has matched to the finish of the shield and you don't have to have this to use it but I think it looks amazing when it's up vertically like this you don't have to have this to use it though you can put it down like a traditional console and it looks just as good that light strip is such an awesome touch I love it so turning this console on you will be greeted with Android TV and you can see there it's in 4k resolution and that to me is very important especially

If you have a 4k TV it's gonna take advantage of that resolution many of you requested that I do this test on the Hisense TV that I did a video on prior it's a budget 4k TV so makes you check out that video I'll leave that link below as well the interface is super simple and fast very similar to the one that's on the Nexus player and all of your games are right there your shield hub is above it and all of your apps are below since this is android TV you have access to the Google Play Store movies and TV games YouTube music you can even view your local photos and videos right

Here and if you want to use this as a server for all of your movies you have apps like Plex so you can take advantage of that with all of these different apps like sling Hulu Plus Netflix and a couple of exclusive ones it's definitely easy to cut the cord so if you're looking to get away from cable this is a perfect opportunity besides the interface of the shield TV netflix supports 4k and it looks fantastic so if you've never seen a 4k display before along with 4k content it is absolutely incredible it is just popping it's crispy I just love the way that 4k looks

On a 4k TV so if you haven't experienced that yet make sure you do it looks awesome on the shield TV you can also enjoy 4k playback directly from the YouTube app which is the best way to watch it in my opinion so check out my videos in 4k and it doesn't without a stutter or any hiccups you can control the entire interface with the included controller but I do like the optional shield remote I think it's a little bit more comfortable to use on prolonged periods and it's got that nice big search button what's the weather like today

The shield TV does support Google Voice Search which is awesome to do this from your living room you can look for pictures you can open apps with it you can ask it whatever quirky questions you want to you can look for a song or play a video so it's very cool to do this it is limited you can't do like calendar appointments and stuff but is definitely useful if you're more traditional and your inputs though it does have keyboard and mouse support so you can just hook that up via bluetooth no problems there one of the things that I'd love most about the remote and the controller

Itself is that there is a headphone input in there so if you don't want to disrupt other people while you're watching a movie or you just want that better more immersive sound while you're watching a movie or if you want to just have one of those hardcore gaming sessions but your kid is asleep or you have people over then you can do so with that headphone jack speaking of gaming sessions I can't do an Nvidia product review without talking about video games because this is what they are known for there are ton of games available in the Google Play Store some exclusive to the

Shield TV but not every game is compatible because that is a Android TV limitation nothing to do with the shield TV so hopefully Google will expand that later on in the future but I can't wait for games like resident evil 5 to come native to the shield TV performance of that Tegra x1 chip is absolutely amazing it crunches through regular games like Leo's fortune with no problems and that's the one thing with the Nexus player and some of the other Android TV devices is that the GPU is definitely not as powerful so you will not get this kind of performance from other set-top

Boxes super graphically intensive games like the Talos principle run with no problems here and what I like about this game is that you're able to tweak the GPU and CPU settings like you would on a PC so I can see this console going in that direction classic games like half-life 2 now play on the shield TV which is really awesome I love playing this game it's running super smooth on here and you will not have any problems so performance wise when it comes to gaming Nvidia definitely has this shield TV on lock because it is performing fantastic and

It's very silent too while it's playing these games if you're not familiar with the controller it's the same controller that was on the shield tablet and it's nice and bulky it fits really nice in the hands a little bit heavy though but I like the ergonomics I like the way it feels especially when you're doing prolong gaming so I definitely like the controller this controller is also unique because it is a Wi-Fi direct connection not a Bluetooth connection so latency is really good on the controller to be honest I can't even tell the latency is that good another way the

Game on here is Nvidia grid this is a service that they've had since the shield portable that has a server that Nvidia holds that it can render all the graphics server-side and then basically beam it back to you so it's a streaming service that's free right now and they're expanding this service there's not a whole lot of games available right now especially new ones but I know they're improving this and eventually this will be a paid service where you can buy brand-new games directly from the grid service this is simple to get fired up it's going to analyze your

Network first to see how fast it is and adjust to it a 5 gigahertz Wi-Fi network or the Ethernet connection is recommended for the fastest gaming experience but it will vary depending on your speed even fighting games like Street Fighter 4 here have no problems playing there's a little bit of latency with the controls but long as your ik connection is fast it's definitely playable if you want to record your footage or just stream to twitch you can do that with one button here so twitch fans will definitely be happy with this so manual recording is

Awesome on this the grid service is pretty awesome in my opinion you can have console level graphics here with all of the work being done by Nvidia being streamed right to you so hopefully they'll have better games and more choices later on in the future also I forgot to mention if you do have a gaming PC with a compatible Nvidia graphics card then you can stream your game directly to the shield TV and play it in your living room long as you're in the same Wi-Fi network if you were wondering yes you can sideload apps on here and that's very important because

Not everything is compatible but I love retro gaming and you can sideload retro gaming emulators on here and this x1 is very very powerful so you can play all the way up to PSP or even greater in emulation and I'm playing God of War here I didn't think that it was gonna run very well because if you've seen some other set top boxes running graphically intensive games like this it does not run very well so you can see god of war here playing at very acceptable frame rates super playable I was really impressed with the emulation on the shield TV not every set-top box

Will have this capability so if you're into retro gaming then the shield TV is definitely a top choice to sum things up I think the shield TV is the best set top box money can buy right now and even though it holds the most premium price tag I highly recommend it and let me tell you why the shield has replaced my chromecast because it has cast compatibility so whatever is compatible with the iOS or Android device that I'm watching I can cast it directly on there it's got a file management system that I can put on there so I can put as many movies and pictures I want to so I can

Definitely use this as a media server and just hook up a USB Drive to it I can use this as a hub for my music and I can use this as a 4k TV box so I can watch 4k in Netflix on YouTube and the gaming experience is just top-notch with exclusive titles even though this is more expensive than some of these other set-top boxes it does a lot more it has 4k support and you will not get this kind of performance and the awesome accessories that come with it to replace the set-top box in your living room so let me know what you guys think about the shield TV subscribe to the channel

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