20 August 2019
NVIDIA appears to be working on two Shield TVs which it may launch later this year. There aren’t any leaks on the same but a couple of traces have been spotted that indicate that not one but there are two Shield TVs in the works.
A listing has appeared on Google Play Console’s Device Catalog for a new NVIDIA Shield TV device code-named “mdarcy.” The listing shows the device in question is running on Android 9 Pie, unlike the 2015 and 2017 models that came with Android 8.0 Oreo. So, this is certainly a new Shield TV. As observed by XDA Developers, the codename “mdarcy” is believed to have been derived from “mariko” and “darcy” where “mariko” is the code-name for the revised Tegra X1 while “darcy” is the code-name for the 2017 Shield TV.
Talking about the other questioned Shield TV model, the FCC listing has already indicated the possibility and now the NVIDIA Shield Experience software puts substantial evidence for a new Shield product code-named “sif.” The string-array inside the NVIDIA’s TvSettings app not only mentions “sif” but also “mdarcy” as a distinct model along with “foster” and “darcy,” the 2015 and 2017 SHIELD TV models.
More code suggests the Shield TV with codename “sif” will have SD card support but no TV Tuner and USB port.
In June, it was speculated that NVIDIA has a Shield TV in works that will come without a controller a potential resource to run Google Stadia. More details are yet to come.
The new Shield TV Remote (P3700) is now on FCC website. OEM: Remote Solution.https://t.co/OAfWysY2xO— Android TV Rumors (@androidtv_rumor) July 26, 2019
Also the 2017 model (P2897) has new Exhibits.https://t.co/XRoGJYHhp3
P3430 is probably a Shield TV Dongle (compare the 2 pics) & the 2017 model is getting the new processor. pic.twitter.com/3bJ1SuARQp
Remember both the spotted models have passed FCC, so it’s possible we may soon see them getting unveiled officially.