Yesterday, Nvidia showed off its latest attempt at bringing game streaming into your home. Nvidia’s SHIELD set top box is described as the world’s first Android TV console. Nvidia is hyping support for 4K television and 200 gaming titles (GRID subscription store launches in May) at launch. Plus, the usual slew of Android TV entertainment apps (YouTube, etc).
“We think people using NVIDIA’s SHIELD console will love watching YouTube in 4K, thanks to the work NVIDIA did to make its Tegra X1 processor support VP9 video decoding,” said Heather Rivera, YouTube’s director of product partnerships.
As for gaming, SHIELD can stream content at 1080p/60fps. Some of the games NVIDIA showed off yesterday included Grid 2, Resident Evil: Revelations 2, The Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The set top box itself comes with HDMI, USB 3.0 and microSD ports.
The quality of content is dependent on your internet connection. And, therein lies the rub. According to Games.On, you’ll need between 5-10 Mbps to stream at 720p. Want 1080p? You’ll need 30 Mbps.
Man, Google fiber needs to go nationwide stat. For some, these requirements aren’t that big of a deal. I get more than 30 Mbps. But, other problems rear their ugly heads. Mainly, caps. Ah, you gotta love Comcast. I know they don’t have caps everywhere, but where I live – it sits at 250 GB/month. That goes pretty quick with multiple people watching Netflix, playing games, etc.
Nvidia’s SHIELD console is looking good. I think game-streaming is a feature that will end up changing how many of us play games in the future. But, internet infrastructure is still the biggest obstacle for Nvidia.
If you’re interested in Nvidia’s SHIELD, keep in mind what kind of internet connection you have.
Nvidia wants to “do for games what Spotify has done for music, what Netflix has done for video.” Nvidia and Sony (Playstation Now) are on the right track. Now, it’s up to internet providers to do their part. Getting rid of my cap would be a good start, Comcast.