Posted Thu Jun 9, 2016 at 01:15 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
The powerful streaming player can now act as a complete Plex solution.
Under the hood, the NVIDIA Shield is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor; 256 core NVIDIA graphics 64-bit CPU; and 3 GB of RAM. The player is also Android TV Google Cast Ready and offers 4K Ultra HD playback at 60 fps. Likewise, the streaming box includes support for 10-bit color and HDR (high dynamic range) content. The base model includes 16 GB of storage; a microSD card slot; Wi-Fi; Gigabit Ethernet; USB 3.0; and a micro-USB SHIELD controller along with support for next-gen Android games. In addition, a larger 500 GB model is also available.
Thanks to the player's beefy specs, owners of the NVIDIA Shield are now able to run an entire Plex server directly through their devices. This incorporates support for the Android TV interface and the full media server, including hardware accelerated video transcoding (H.264, MPEG2 and HEVC) with multiple simultaneous streams.
Plex is currently finalizing full support for the NVIDIA Shield and plans to include new features in their next firmware update set for later this month. The NVIDIA Shield 16 GB model is now on sale for $180. Meanwhile, the NVIDIA Shield 500 GB model is currently available for $300. Plex also hopes to expand similar features and media server support to more devices in the future as well. And be sure to check out our full review of the Plex Pass Service!
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