NVIDIA's redesigned Shield gets HDR for games and a new controller

The best Android TV device just got better.

NVIDIA's Shield TV was one of the few successful Android TV devices: It was both a capable 4K entertainment device and a simple way to bring PC gaming into your living room. Today during his CES keynote, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced that the Shield TV will be able to play games in HDR, a feature it previously had for films. Update: While the new Shield is slightly smaller than its predecessor, it includes all of the same hardware. The one big new addition is a redesigned controller.

Among other new features, Huang said the Shield TV will be the first Android TV device to support Google Assistant. As you'd imagine, Google Assistant works just like it does on the company's Home device and Pixel phones, but you can also command it to play media on the Shield TV. The company also announced a companion microphone accessory for the Shield, NVIDIA Spot, which will function similarly to Amazon's Echo. You can spread Spot throughout your home to utter voice commands wherever you are.

The new Shield is still a compelling device, but it's not quite the successor we were expecting.

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