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.
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.