NVIDIA released an updated version of the Shield TV earlier this month. The console brings 4K HDR streaming and NVIDIA’s GeForce Now game streaming service to the living room. While these features are a great value at $200, the paltry 16 GB of internal storage and lack of expandable storage options can be a sticking point for some. Enter the Shield Pro.
For an extra $100, the Pro offers a whopping 500 GB of internal storage. If that’s not enough, the Pro also has support for microSD cards. The included controller has been tweaked slightly and adds a microphone for voice commands. The controller will be able to listen to instructions and interact with Google Assistant, although this feature is coming in a future update.
Other than storage options, the Shield Pro is powered by the same NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor and 3 GB of RAM as the lower-specced Shield TV. It also runs the same Nougat-based Android TV software and NVIDIA apps. You’ll get the same 4K HDR streaming support as the other shield models, including the first Shield TV that launched in 2015. If an extra 484 GB of storage for media (as well as however much you want to add via microSD) sounds appealing, the $100 premium may be worth it.
The Shield Pro is available from NVIDIA, Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, and other retailers for $299.
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