The NVIDIA Shield game console is set to hit the streets this month. It’s an Android TV box that you can use to watch online videos from YouTube, Netflix, or other sites, play Android games, or stream PC games using NVIDIA’s GameStream and GRID services.

NVIDIA is offering a $199 model with a Tegra X1 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage… but it looks like there may be another option. A device called the NVIDIA Shield Pro showed up briefly on Amazon this weekend.

Update: Alright, it’s almost sorta, kinda official: an NVIDIA employee confirmed that the Pro and standard models would be released at the same time… thus acknowledging that there is a pro version.

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The product listing has been removed, but this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a 500GB NVIDIA Shield console. In April the 500GB model was mentioned on the NVIDIA website, but the company later said that it had accidentally published information about a developer edition device and that there were no plans to offer the 500GB model as a consumer device.

But that doesn’t explain why a rather official looking image of a Shield Pro was posted to Amazon for a little while on May 16th before the product page was removed. It’s possible that the NVIDIA Shield Pro is a developer device… but it certainly looks like it’ll be available through regular retail channels at some point.

If the earlier leak is accurate, it’s likely that the Pro will sell for about $300, which is $100 more than the cost of the 16GB model.

via PC Perspective and Android Police 

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11 replies on “NVIDIA Shield Pro game console with 500GB may be real after all”

  1. For $50-100 more you can get a XB1 or PS4, which are also 500GB. The $200 sounds like the top end for these mobile based set top boxes. I have plenty of SD & flash drives laying around for more storage.

    1. Worth noting that Android TV can’t mount external storage without a root and installing stickmount. That is unless Nvidia has a custom ROM that enables this functionality.

    2. The only reason I consider something like the Shield over PS4 is that I mostly would use it for Media, and the PS4 would never allow me to install Kodi, my primary app. Then I throw in some emulated Super Metroid now and then in there. I have the Fire TV right now, but surprisingly, it is too slow to play some high quality 1080p bluray rips. I think the shield would solve that issue.

  2. The ‘developer’ story doesn’t make much sense. Everyone knows these things are low on space for users currently and Nvidia has been talking up large games.
    Why put out hardware for developers which users won’t have available? Sure a dev might like the extra space but so would users.
    $100 bump for a 500Gig hard drive is too much. Not to mention how close this puts it to PS4 or XBOne territory.

  3. Wish they made a portable Shield console with 500 GB storage. I’d love one.

  4. What would be the difference between storing on an hdd and an external card? Can’t we save everything on an external? I have a bunch of SD cards lying around I wonder should I go for a 500gb or the 16gb.

  5. I make $90 an hour on the internet flagging spam posts like yours.

  6. Been waiting for Android gaming to take off. Ended up getting a PS Vita instead. Hopefully, Android gets games I personally want to play.

    1. And how many games did that get in the end? I don’t mean re-releases I mean new games. It’s a bit of a weird situation I agree, you’d think that by now Android would have some original AAA titles but it just doesn’t. Lots of re-releases and lots of small games using big IP… Maybe I’m just bitter, I wanted a Vita for Wipeout 2048 but never got around to buying the console because it didn’t seem like a good idea.

      1. About the Vita, I got a lot of new games I personally play in addition to remakes/ports of games I never played on their original consoles (but you’re not counting those). So it was definitely an excellent decision to have gotten the Vita over any of the Shield systems for me.

        With Nintendo, Konami, Square and other gaming companies now saying they’ll take smartphone OS gaming more seriously, maybe Android will get enough games I’d like to play.

        I waited a couple of years for the Vita before there were enough new games I’d play before buying the system. I’m (still) waiting it out on Android.

    2. That’s the thing – they waited too long to release it after they announced it.

      I’ve been losing interest in this after about a month of waiting.

      Learn from this, folks; you are dealing with a consumer base who all have ADD (or maybe it’s just me?). If you announce a new product release it within a month of doing so or any hype surrounding your product will deflate like a balloon placed in a freezer.

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