With 4K TVs becoming more and more affordable, many people are realizing that playing 4K content takes a bit more than a new set. While a few major events like soccer matches, golf tournaments, and the Olympics have been broadcast in 4K in some areas, most 4K content needs some extra hardware before it reaches your television. If you’re in the market for a 4K streaming device, the NVIDIA Shield TV is the device to beat. The latest NVIDIA addition, available today, will only help you grow your 4K library.
The Tegra X1 processor that runs the NVIDIA Shield TV can handle 4K content from every major outlet, and a new update released this week made it even better. Starting today, Google Play Movies and TV joins Netflix, Amazon Video and many other apps in supporting 4K content on all SHIELD TVs. The SHIELD now supports “Cast” in 4K so 4K apps and content can now be cast from your mobile devices directly to SHIELD.
This means that you can watch 4K content on Google Play Movies, Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, VUDU, FLEX, KODI and VIMEO. That’s an impressive list, considering devices like Apple TV can’t play any 4K content at this point. You’ll even be able to look at 4k photos, via Google Photos, on the device.
The NVIDIA Shield costs $199 (Available on Amazon), and while it may not be the cheapest option, it’s certainly the most robust. With NVIDIA Game streaming, a ton of 4K content, voice search, rumble feedback, and private listening, it’s the best 4K option on the market today.
We reviewed the NVIDIA Shield TV back in February, and despite a few small objections about the power button, it was a hit with the editors. Even if you don’t play games that often, the processing power of the NVIDIA Shield TV should keep things running smoothly over the next few years.