With Android being one of the most used and preferred operating systems for mobile there is no mystery that gaming would make its way onto the platform. Over the years since the introduction of the Android system on September 23, 2008, gaming on the platform has continued to evolve and the hardware it runs on continues to get more powerful. There are many different android tv devices including Smart TVs, media streaming devices, and Micro Gaming Consoles. Today I just want to take a look at one specific Android Tv Micro Gaming Consoles and that is the Nvidia Shield TV!
SPEAKING OF SMART TVS, I JUST RECENTLY PICKUP A SHARP 55″ 4K SMART TV ON THE CHEAP AT WALMART AND I MUST SAY I AM REALLY HAPPY WITH IT.
WHAT IS THE NVIDIA SHIELD TV?
Simply put the Nvidia Shield TV is the best android tv box for gaming but exactly what is the Nvidia Shield TV and Android TV? Well, let’s start with Android TV which is a version of the Android Operating System design for smartphones and media players. Android TV features a user interface more suitable for media streaming and content layout. The interface layout uses a verticle scrolling row based interface somewhat similar to the interface we come accustomed to on Youtube which makes media content more organized and easier to find. The system supports voice-activated commands and searches across multiple platforms. In a nutshell, it brings all your favorite media platforms together and organizes into one simple device.
AND THE NVIDIA SHIELD TV…?
By now we all might have had a Smart Phone equipped with Android OS, so you have watch youtube, Netflix, surfed the web and shopping on your cell phone. There is one other thing Android continues to do well and that is gaming. Have you ever been playing a game on your Android Smart Phone and felt it would be a much better experience on a console? Well I know I have… Here is where the Nvidia Shield TV comes into play, an Android TV Box that is capable of so much more than media streaming and Android gaming. To find out what that so much more is we have to understand the company behind the Nvidia Shield TV and its inner workings!
WHO CREATED THE ANDROID POWERHOUSE WE CALL NVIDIA SHIELD TV?
Well, Nvidia of course! Nvidia is a company that designs graphics processing units for computers and even currently the Nintendo switch. Nvidia is also known for making system on chips for the mobile computing and automotive markets.
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NVIDIA SHIELD SPECS
To understand why the Nvidia Shield Tv is the still the best in 2019 we have to take a look at the Nvidia Shield Specs and its internals. The Nvidia Shield TV is equipped with the NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor 256-core Maxwell GPU which is also in our loved Nintendo Switch and it’s not a mystery why the Nvidia Shield TV is one best android tv boxes for gaming. The device has 3GB of ram which is pretty good for a mobile Android device and contains 16GB of storage. I know 16GB of storage is nothing for a gaming device and they took away the sd card slot which is a bummer but external storage can be added via the USB. The Shield is outputting at 4k 60fps and High Dynamic Range. The Nvidia Shield Specs are definitely impressive and fully capable of Nintendo Switch level gaming.
BUT WHY IS THE NVIDIA SHIELD TV STILL THE BEST IN 2019?
The Nvidia Shield is capable of playing android games but that doesn’t set it aside from all the other Android TV devices and mobile Smartphones on the market. The question remains what makes the Nvidia Shield TV the best android tv box for gaming and the answer is Nvidia Geforce Now. Nvidia Geforce is Nvidia video game streaming service which is my opinion is amazing and gamers can benefit in two ways.
FIRST BENEFIT TO OWNING A NVIDIA SHIELD
If you’re in the same boat as me and don’t have a high-end gaming pc you will benefit the most from having an Nvidia Shield. Geforce Now allows the Nvidia Shield to play current gen pc or console games from Nvidia’s servers without the need of a gaming PC and it only cost $150 to $200 which is far cheaper than paying $1500 to $2000 on a decent gaming pc. Just keep in mind you will need a really good internet connection for the best experience and if your internet connection is mediocre your going to have studdering as well as constant server disconnects. I myself have Windstream and as you can see in the photo it isn’t that fast. Now this is over the OS provided WiFi router but it will play decently with slight studdering if no one else is on the WiFi.
SECOND BENEFIT TO OWNING A NVIDIA SHIELD TV
Individuals looking for a way to test out a game before purchasing or just don’t want to take up space by downloading or installing a game can benefit from Geforce Now and just play the game over Nvidia’s servers. There is a large roster of games and several different genres so there is something for every type of gamer.
THIRD BENEFIT TO OWNING A NVIDIA SHIELD TV
The Nvidia Shield Tv also allows for video game streaming from your gaming pc, so if you have a gaming pc in your bedroom or household office and want the capability of playing those games in another room of the house the Shield TV can stream from your gaming PC. Streaming games from your Pc to the Shield TV is one benefit that most Android TV boxes don’t have…
There has been plenty of Android TV devices on the market in the past and there are plenty of cheaper Chinese Android TV devices currently on the market but none compare to the Nvidia Shield Specs. In the past, we have seen the Ouya and the Forge TV which were both unfortunately failed. There is a list of reasons why these Android TV devices failed but one is simply was bad quality control. Either way, both the Ouya and Forge TV paved the way for the Nvidia Shield TV. We have also seen plenty of Chinese devices popping up but they just don’t compare to the specs of the Nvidia Shield TV and even though they are fully capable of android gaming they lack Nvidia Geforce Now. I think because of Nvidia’s partnership with Nintendo and creating the GPU chips in the Nintendo Switch we seen the Birth of the Nvidia Shield TV. Maybe we will see a real competitor to the Nvidia Shield Tv this year but so far it is still king and there hasn’t been anything even close.
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