The New Nvidia Shield 2017, Details & Specifications

By Michael Augustin , Updated Jan 17, 2017 09:36 AM EST

Nvidia has released an update to their gaming-centered media streaming box. The Nvidia Shield TV 2017 or gen two parades a smaller enclosure than the original. It comes with a redesigned gaming controller and a remote control with removable batteries. The company claims that their device is "three times" more capable than other Android-based media centers.

The latest model reportedly houses a Tegra X1 processor with a 3GB RAM, which is the same as its previous version. Its upgrades are supposedly mostly on the software side and it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It is capable of handling 4K HDR video content and streamed video games, The Verge reports. The second generation model also supports Google's voice-controlled Assistant, which makes it one of the first devices other than the Google Pixel and Home to feature it.

The Nvidia Shield TV 2017 and its new reduced size are obviously the reason why it is missing some components. The older model featured a microSD expansion slot and a micro-USB port. These ports are no longer available in the newer version. However, unlike the original Shield TV, the 2017 model includes a remote control, which was previously sold separately. The new remote control also boasts replaceable batteries compared to the built-in set up of the original.

The included controller also gets a makeover from the original design. While the original controller is still considered decent, the newer model sports a more attractive design. Slash Gear was able to review the newer model and provide a short comparison with its predecessor. They noted that the build-quality is "top-notch" and "aesthetically pleasing." They also rated the new design as a good upgrade from the original. Additionally, the newer version has better battery life compared to the older one.

The latest Nvidia Shield TV 2017 is going to cost $199 and is currently in pre-order status. A pro model with a larger internal storage space is also speculated to launch together with the standard bundle.

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