NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) Review

We’ve said it before, but in case you somehow missed it, we have been using SHIELD TV in our homes since 2015 and we love it. Back then, if you were looking for an awesome Android TV experience, plus a sweet gaming experience, there was no better choice. Now, in 2017, NVIDIA is back with an updated set-top box, looking to reclaim its own thrown in the Android TV ecosystem.  (more…)

Giveaway: Win a SHIELD TV 16GB With Stand, $25 Google Play Credit

I love playing video games. They’re a nice escape from the unbearably mundane reality that is life sometimes. If you also enjoy playing video games, this latest giveaway is right up your alley. We have a NVIDIA SHIELD TV up for grabs, plus a stand accessory and $25 of Google Play credit to put towards whatever you want. It’s a sweet little prize pack. (more…)

SHIELD TV (2015) Owners, Just Buy a New SHIELD Controller for Same 2017 Experience

I have had the SHIELD TV (2017) in my possession for one day now, and so far, I can’t quite tell the difference between this one and the SHIELD TV (2015) I have been using in my house for two years. They’re both Android TV, have access to NVIDIA’s gaming library, and have identical Tegra X1 processors and 3GB RAM. Besides the easily apparent size difference, and with Google Assistant not yet ready for use, it’s almost an identical experience if I’m being completely honest.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) Now Available for Purchase!

The new NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) is now available for purchase at your favorite local and online retailers. That includes shopping directly from NVIDIA, or hitting up Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, B&H Photo, etc.

At $199.99, NVIDIA is giving you a more compact unit with the same goodies internally (Tegra X1 processor powering it, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable), and more), remote, and game controller. They also upgraded each remote to include an IR blaster and revamped the controller for better ergonomics.  (more…)

Original NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gets Huge 5.0 Update to Android Nougat With Amazon Video, More (Updated)

UPDATE: Well, we have an interesting change here. It appears as if NVIDIA originally posted the 5.0 update changelog to the 2015 SHIELD TV release notes page, but should have posted it on a new page for the new 2017 SHIELD TV. As you can see from their release notes pages here, the 5.0 update is no longer listed on the 2015 SHIELD TV page, yet it is now listed on the 2017 model page. At this point, that means we don’t know when the SHIELD TV (2015) is getting the update to 5.0. However, 2017 models should be getting the update almost right out of the box.

UPDATE 2: NVIDIA says to expect the update for current SHIELD TV (2015) devices in the next week or so.


On the eve of the launch of the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017), NVIDIA has pushed out an update to the original SHIELD TV (2015), an update that bumps the ultimate streaming device to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update isn’t just an OS change, though. It brings so much more, including a bunch of stuff scheduled to be a part of the new SHIELD’s launch, like Amazon Video.

With the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, NVIDIA is including picture-in-picture support, a new settings menu, and an option I needed a year ago – recent apps page. Other related enhancements include a pause/play button by double tapping the volume slider, ability to write to an attached USB or SD card, a cast option for HBO GO, and support for 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1 Plex speaker configurations.  (more…)

#TBT: NVIDIA Announces Project SHIELD at CES 2013

At CES 2013, NVIDIA held a press conference. At the end of the event, the company announced a surprise product, Project SHIELD. For those not in the know, SHIELD is a portable gaming machine powered by Android, complete with a flip-up display, console-quality controller buttons, and nice speakers. Back then, before there was a whole lineup of SHIELD devices, this was the only SHIELD. With all of the tablets and Android TV boxes now available, the name has changed to SHIELD Portable, but to me, it’s still just SHIELD.  (more…)