NVIDIA Corporation's upcoming SHIELD Android TV console is making its public debut at E3 2015 for attendees to test drive in its final, consumer-ready form. Powered by the 64-bit Tegra X1 processor, the SHIELD is engineered to impress the world's most dedicated console, PC, and mobile gamers. The SHIELD comes with the company's own high-quality controller, and will support various app functionality as well.
The SHIELD Android TV console leverages NVIDIA's GRID cloud gaming technology, allowing players to stream games from the web just like any other streaming media. GRID renders 3D games in cloud servers, encodes each frame instantly, and streams the result to any device with a wired or wireless broadband connection. This cloud-based streaming also offers the benefit that players will be able start games on one platform and switch to another.
A wide variety of game styles and sources will be made available to the SHIELD Android TV console. Android titles optimized for SHIELD will be a key component and available for download, for instance, while various triple-A titles are available via the GRID streaming service. A GRID subscription includes access to 50 titles--including Batman: Arkham Origins, GRID 2, and Metro: Last Light Redux--and additional titles will be added to the service each week. SHIELD owners can use the console's GRID functionality to purchase and stream many of the newest blockbuster games, including Batman: Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Doom 3: BFG Edition. These titles will come to the SHIELD Android TV console later this year.
"The incredible processing power of Tegra X1 enables us to bring Doom 3: BFG to Android, and we're excited by the possibilities that GRID is bringing to gaming," said Tim Willits, studio director at id Software.
Jun Takeuchi, managing corporate officer at Capcom said, "Tegra X1's enormous processing capabilities running on Android TV gives us access to a much broader audience and we're delighted to partner with NVIDIA to explore a variety of exciting possibilities for SHIELD."
Confirmed launch titles for The SHIELD Android TV console include Gaijin Entertainment's War Thunder, a massively multiplayer combat game that puts gamers in the role of pilots and tankers fighting with real players all over the world. Cross-platform play is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Mac OS, Linux, and OnLive Cloud Lift. Croteam's The Talos Principle, a philosophical first-person puzzle game built on Croteam's Serious Engine 4 technology takes advantage of the SHIELD's processing power by using a new proprietary method to scan real-world locations and historical elements into the game world. Meanwhile, JUJU--developer Flying Wild Hog's family-friendly platformer--delivers the only version of the game that runs at true 1080p HD. Roll 7's OlliOlli, Dennaton Games' Hotline Miami, Vagabond Dog's Always Sometimes Monsters, and Vlambeer's Luftrausers will also be available at launch.
The console comes complete with a variety of popular Android apps--notably the Google Play Store, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, Photos & Videos, and the PLEX media streaming service. Scheduled for release later this year, the SHIELD Android TV console will be available at major retailers around the world.