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NVIDIA May be Working on Two New Shield Devices

Aug 16, 2019 by CharismaticMannequin

NVIDIA’s Shield TV was received relatively warmly upon its release, offering users a way to play their PC games on the move, acting as a streaming device around the house and away from home. It packed a Tegra X1 SoC that enabled it to handle any streaming needs, and is even able to run Android’s latest iteration, Pie.

Well fans of the platform can now start getting excited for an update or two, after waiting for two years. With the 2017 model showing its age, streaming fans may just have two new NVIDIA devices to await impatiently.

XDA Developers have the details, digging up references in the code for the Google Play Console listing for “mdarcy”, which seems to be a 2019 refresh with an enhanced processor, but also “sif”, which appears to be an entirely new Shield TV product.

Information dug up by XDA Developers seems to reveal that “mdarcy” will be based on the t210b01 Tegra X1 SoC, and it seems to be further along in the process than “sif”, on which there’s next to no information at this stage, likely because it’s quite early in the development process. 

What is there is fairly technical, so it’s worth checking out the technical write-up on XDA. However for the casual consumer there’s some exciting stuff here: not only is it likely we’ll get a new Nvidia Shield TV, but we’re likely to get another Shield device in the future — probably in 2020 at least — sometime in the future. “ (Trusted Reviews)

It seems NVIDIA is banking on the Shield TV being a device consumers want for years to come. With companies like Google with their Stadia product investing videogame streaming technology, it seems many companies in the space think streaming video games rather than buying them is the future of gaming.

Do you agree? Prefer to purchase and own your games? Or do you prefer the convenience and ease of access streaming might bring, akin to what Netflix and similar platforms have done for TV and movies? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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