Want an NVIDIA Shield video game console and Android TV box, but don’t want to settle for a model with just 16GB of storage space? It looks like there’s another option.

NVIDIA has added a 500GB model to its website. It should be available soon for $300, which is $100 more than the cost of the 16GB model.

Update: Or maybe not. NVIDIA says a developer kit was accidentally added to its website briefly, but there are no plans to actually sell a 500GB model for consumers. That’s too bad, because an Android TV game console with a large hard drive might actually be pretty nice for some situations.

Update 2: Or maybe yes.

The original article continues below.

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The extra space might not be absolutely essential if all you plan to do is stream internet videos, play games that stream to the console from NVIDIA’s cloud and in-home game streaming services, or even if you plan to load up a few Android titles.

But if you want to use the Shield console as a full-fledged game system and media center PC, you might want a big hard drive for music, movies, and as many Android games as you can fit onto a 500GB drive.

It’s likely the rest of the Shield console’s specs will remain unchanged, which means this device will probably have the same NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, 3GB of RAM, Android TV software, and wireless game controller as the 16GB, $200 model.

The NVIDIA Shield console is expected to ship in May.

thanks Lorne!

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18 replies on “NVIDIA Shield game console with 500GB of storage to cost $300 (Update: nope)”

  1. Nvidia already got us stuck with lacking support for its 3D Vision 2…

    Dunno why I would buy this thing over a PS4 or just hook up my Computer’s HDMI 2.0 output to my 4K TV.

    Its like a solution desperately searching for a problem.

    1. Maybe because there’s a whole planet of casual gamers who don’t want to deal with Sony’s junk consoles or game disks and would rather blow $5 a pop for $h!ts and giggles?

    2. The graphics on the Shield are 1080p 60fps, possible upscaling or titles coming in ultra HD (4k), ultra settings (that’s what they look like so far), and Sony’s customer service doesn’t exist. If you get support by chat you’re talking to a chatbot, and it’ll lie to you about refunding you, and you won’t get an email until a month or never.

      1. You’re right about Sony’s customer service >< I have one of their phones that failed after 5 months and none of their service centers in this country can repair it, not even for cash, cause they're all not allowed to repair the water proof line of phones. :p

        Had to have Amazon forward me a new phone to have a phone at all. Needless to say, I didn't get another Sony. And I must admit, I generally don't buy or use consoles either.

    3. Not everyone has a computer that can run 4k smoothly. So in my situation this is perfect because the only 4k content i have right now is netflix which isnt very much. But for 200 I can have all the 4k content i want 😀

      1. umm, unless you’re talking about games – indeed not every computer can render recent games smoothly in 4k, but a 4K monitor will also display excellent 1080p resolutions for games.

        As for anything else, like Video or just your applications, you’d need a pretty ancient computer for that to be not smooth.

  2. Talking about ATV Game consoles, what happened to the Razer Forge TV. They have gone completely silent. It was meant to launch for sale in Q1. Then there was the pre-sales fiasco saying it would launch May 1st, then the pre-sales were taken down. Razer have gone absolutely silent on it.

      1. I’ll wait till people find out how controller latency pans out on that stuff.

        An HDMI 2 cable plugged into the back of your computer seems a much better and cheaper solution.

        Its like buying a second, cheaper, 2 Cylinder engine to put in the trunk of your car that already has a V8 engine :p

        1. Instead of Bluetooth, the controller connects over Wi-Fi to minimize latency. It shows promising on the demonstrations I’ve seen.

  3. They are such tools for not selling it much cheaper.
    It would promote their SoC for use in other devices, help popularize better Android games and create demand for their SoC while also helping their game streaming service takeoff.

    They should sell it bellow cost and stop making multiple devices, chose either a tab or a TV box and do it right or better.

    1. Your argument is ridiculous. Sell or below cost to promote the chip, or won’t need promoting. Why should they concentrate on one form factor not everyone wants a TV box and not everyone wants a tablet you can’t blame the company for satisfying a need

    1. Natively in Android TV there is no support for mapping external storage. I pray Nvidia adds this in however, because Android sucks without expandable storage and Android TV is DOA until they add this as a mainline feature (it can be added with a root, but it is absurd I should have to do that).

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