The NVIDIA Shield TV continues to be one of the best set-top boxes you can buy for streaming videos and playing games on your big screen TV. It may have been released nearly four years ago, but NVIDIA is still updating the Android TV-based device with new features. This week, the company is running a pre-Black Friday sale for the Shield TV, cutting the price down by $40 to just $139.99. If you live in Canada, the Shield TV is also on sale for CAD$179.99, or a CAD$50 discount.
While this Shield TV model comes with a television-style remote, it does not come with NVIDIA’s gaming controller. Unfortunately, the company has not offered a discount on the Shield TV bundle with both the remote and the game controller, so if you still want the peripheral, you will have to pay an extra $60 to snap it up.
However, if you are a big streaming media fan, you really can’t go wrong with getting the NVIDIA Shield TV. It may be more expensive than devices like the Roku and Amazon Fire TV, but the Shield TV currently uses the Oreo-based version of Android TV. It lets you download apps and games from the Google Play Store, and subsequent software updates have added features such as deeper integration with Google Home speakers. More recently, the NVIDIA Shield TV has added Amazon Echo and Alexa support, allowing owners of those smart speakers to issue voice commands to control the set-top box.
Indeed, at least two US retailers, Amazon and Best Buy, are throwing in the recently launched third generation Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker with the discounted Shield TV purchase, so you can check out that Alexa integration for yourself. That’s a free speaker (usually worth $49.99) with the discounted Shield TV.
If you do decide to add a gaming controller to the NVIDIA Shield TV, you will also be able to play Android ports of PC games made especially for the set-top box (such as Borderlands 2, Tomb Raider, and War Thunder). It also has support for GeForce Now, NVIDIA’s game streaming service (still in beta) that allows the Shield TV to play hundreds of PC games via the company’s cloud servers.
The $139.99 price for the NVIDIA Shield TV will last from now through “Cyber Monday”, also known as November 26, so there should be plenty of time for you to pick one up for yourself or for a family member, friend or co-worker. Will you be getting the streaming box during this sales period?
09/11/2018 05:16 AM