When we reviewed Nvidia's Shield Android TV last September, we found a lot to like, but we didn't quite find the console-killer we were hoping for. At Google's I/O developer conference, Nvidia announced some upcoming apps, games and features that could make the company's set-top box more attractive.
Last fall, we raised the concern that the Shield might not give users enough to watch. The slew of new apps coming to the device ought to help with that problem. Shield owners will soon have access to ESPN, Starz, MTV, Comedy Central, and Disney Channel favorites. The new apps aren't all about video, though. Nvidia is bringing the Spotify music-streaming service and several popular news apps to the Shield, too. There are also some new games on the horizon for the machine. Resident Evil 5, Homefront: The Revolution, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will all be available soon.
One of the Shield's major selling points is its ability to output 4K content at 60Hz. Nvidia's working with Vudu to provide 4K movies and TV to users. Nvidia has also gotten behind Netflix's push for HDR content, a move the company claims makes the Shield the first set-top box compatible with this feature.
Finally, the arrival of Android N will bring some interesting features to the Shield later this year. DVR-like controls ought to interest some users, as should multiscreen viewing, which provides picture-within-a-picture functionality. In addition to the new applications, games, and features, Nvidia is also promoting the device by including the $50 media remote for free for a limited time with new purchases of the Shield.