With game-streaming on the horizon (allegedly) there are some means to test it out at home right now. One of these is with the Nvidia Shield. Pitched as a 'micro-console', the Shield can stream games directly to your TV, in 4K, bypassing the need for a home console or another PC that would be plugged in directly or be adjacent in your ‘TV room’. So, if you’re on the hunt for one of these mean streamers then you’re in the right place as we have gathered up the best Nvidia Shield deals going.
As well as your games, the Nvidia Shield also provides another convenient means to access a whole host of TV and film services from the usual suspects of Netflix and Prime Video all the way to more niche services such as Plex and HBO Now. Like the games, this is all 4K and HDR too. On top of this, it will also give you an extra ‘way in’ to your music streaming services like Spotify and Amazon music, and it’s fully compatible with Google Assistant. If you’re embracing this new weave of smart tech for the home, then the Shield will offer a useful extra item—based in your entertainment system—to integrate into the wider suite of new tech. Therefore you can pause your gaming and then change the lighting and heating of your home, almost simultaneously. Getting an Nvidia Shield, particularly on a good deal, will get you quite a versatile core that’ll appeal to gamers first—who are after a strong 4K-streaming system—but also to those who want an an effective entertainment hub that can project everything in glorious 4K and HDR.
Nvidia Shield deals - bundles
The Shield comes in two models and its peripherals can also be bought separately, and there’s know a tablet that can be thrown in the mix too. To avoid all the confusion and to ensure you pick up the best priced deal for whatever you need, here's a breakdown of how the Nvidia Shield family all pans out.
For those looking to harness the 4K HDR game-streaming power of the Nvidia Shield, the package aimed at gamers that includes a controller—similar to an Xbox One controller, it has vibration enabled within it and reportedly has a 50-hour or so battery life.
The vanilla package is the go-to usually, though, perfect for those entering the Shield world and not necessarily in need of Nvidia’s own controller. It comes as a standard device-and-remote package that you will get you going easily and speedily.
Nvidia Shield deals - accessories
The remote can be picked up individually, if you need to replace one or get an extra one for another Shield device (it's compatible with all Shield devices). Alongside its normal capabilities, you can plug your headphones directly into the remote and sit back to enjoy your TV, Film or gaming without disturbing anyone else. It lasts around 40 days on a single charge and when it does run out of juice, it only takes a few hours to fully charge.
The controller can also be picked up separately and is a worthwhile look if you get on with Nvidia handset. As well as the built-in vibration and 50-hour battery life, it is also compatible with PCs that have Windows 7, 8, 10 and GeForce GPUs and GeForce Experience software. This gives it a bit more versatility, particularly so when you can add in compatibility as a Bluetooth controller for use with android phones and tablets.
The Shield device that flies lowest under the radar is the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1. Labelled as the ultimate tablet for gamers upon its release, it has a 1080p, 8-inch screen and two front-facing speakers so looks and sounds the part. It also has an Nvidia Kepler GPU and 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU within giving it a fair bit of grunt, but it can also access the GeForce Now supercomputers via the cloud, and an enormous gaming library via the same method, enabling you to play on the go, sometimes at 60fps. It’s compatible with both the above remote and controller, however, there is some bad news: it has been discontinued. The good news is that it is still available at some retailers, so it is still possible to get your mitts on one—though nowadays you’ll be one of the lucky ones.
If the Shield isn't for you, but you still want to game in your living room, check out our list of the best gaming laptops for more options.
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