It took a little while for NVIDIA SHIELD TV to make its way to Australia, but as they say - the wait has been worth it. From the lag and clutter free UI, to the near-instant and impressive Netflix and Stan performance, to the ability to stream games from your GeForce PC to your couch in 4K. And just when you think that's it comes the addition of a fast and reliable Plex Media Server for local and network storage.
All of this of course comes as a premium price, $249.95 with a remote and $329.95 with a remote and NVIDIA Game Controller. But even so, it's the former we consider an essential purchase because this is how all streaming should be.
As a pure media player, the SHIELD TV supports all video and audio codes and formats up to and including H265, MKV, MP4 and everything else in-between. It’s a democratic approach that is commendable, with NVIDIA seemingly aware that when it comes to the hardware enthusiast - of whom the SHIELD TV seems to be marketed to - leaving no file or format behind is the right way to do it. In terms of consoles that theoretically double as media players and streaming devices, the SHIELD TV performs better than either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, with support for a much wider range of codes and formats. But again, it all comes down to the clean, fast, and reliable UI experience. And the intuitive remote.
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