19 July 2019
A refreshed version of NVIDIA Shield TV, an Android TV-based digital media player, is said to be in works. Going by a couple of recent leaks, the device will come with some improved features and performance, even while using the same Tegra X1 processor. It’s possible that the company would increase the clock rate for higher performance, but this is just the speculation for now since nothing substantial is available yet.
NVIDIA hasn’t brought any successor to its Tegra X1 processor, so it’s evident we are going to see a new product coming with the same old chip. Coming to the OS, the device is expected to run Android 9 Pie, a significant upgrade from the Android 8.0 Oreo OS. While these routine upgrades may not pose any kind of interest in you, an interesting tidbit may delight you.
It’s speculated that there could be an edition of Shield TV without a controller for those who have already purchased Google Stadia Founder’s Edition, which comes with its own Stadia Controller. Leaks suggest the upcoming Shield TV will come with Chromecast Ultra support to allow gamers to play Google Stadia titles in 4K HDR. For comparison, the original Shield came with an integrated Chromecast, so if NVIDIA is planning improvements then adding Chromecast Ultra seems to be a smart choice. This way the NVIDIA Shield TV would become an appealing purchase for prospective Google Stadia customers.
Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service that lets you play irrespective of any device. You can play some big game titles from your existing device and Stadia will take care of any loads or hardware the games would require. You just require a good internet connection. Google has even maintained a page from where you can check if Stadia will work with your internet connection. Earlier this month, Google detailed everything about its cloud gaming service and also explained some of the plans you can look for. Stadia Founder’s edition which will help the customers to play on Stadia using Shield TV is one of them which includes many things. These include a Stadia controller, Chromecast Ultra, 3 months Stadia Pro subscription, which is needed for 4K streaming.