CES 2017: Nvidia Updates Shield TV Streaming Box With Google Assistant AI
A redesigned version of Nvidia’s Shield TV streaming box for media and gaming has been unveiled at CES 2017 featuring the first hands-free integration of Google Assistant for TV.
The Android TV-powered box is capable of 4K HDR streaming with three times the performance of any other streaming box on the market according to Nvidia. The Shield TV will support content from Amazon Video, YouTube and Google Play as well as streaming of thousands of video game titles.
“NVIDIA’s rich heritage in visual computing and deep learning has enabled us to create this revolutionary device,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and chief executive officer of Nvidia.
Google Assistant has been optimised for TV, with visual answers displayed alongside audio replies to user queries. Voice commands can be used in place of the remote control for functions like pause and fast forward, and Google Assistant can also provide recommendations and answer questions.
“We’re excited to be part of the new SHIELD TV, powered by the Android TV platform,” said Sascha Prueter, director of Android TV at Google.
“When the Google Assistant comes to Android TV in the coming months, SHIELD users will be able to enjoy a hands-free Android TV experience through ‘Ok Google’ voice commands.”
Nvidia plans to extend the reach of the Shield TV throughout the home with the Nvidia Spot, a US$49.99 accessory that can add Google Assistant and SmartThings Hub control to additional rooms. The Spot is expected to release in the coming months.
The company also announced the new GeForce NOW service that connects players who may not have access to a high performance gaming PC to high-end Nvidia-powered PCs in cloud data centres, streaming high definition gameplay compatible with both PC and Mac.
The Shield TV will launch later this month in the US, Canada and parts of Europe for US$199.99, including both a controller for games and a remote, along with a ‘Pro’ version featuring 500GB of storage and a control with headphone jack. Current Shield devices will receive an update to add the new features this month.