The box is still powered by NVIDIA's 64-bit Tegra processing system, supported by 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded using adoptable storage over USB. The new model loses an SD card slot, but is some 40% smaller than the original box. It supports 4K resolution video and also HDR streaming, most notably from Netflix and Amazon Video.
New in 2017 is the addition of Google Assistant for the Shield Android TV, which comes alongside the update to Android 7.0 Nougat. The same software that powers Google Home and Google's Assistant on the Pixel series of phones will also help you through your Shield Android TV box. Voice commands can be spoken to the Shield itself via its new Shield Controller or through a new accessory dubbed the Shield Spot — a small wireless speaker and mic that acts as a satellite for Google Assistant through your Shield TV.
The new Shield Android TV also comes bundled with a TV-style remote, which used to be an additional purchase. The new design of the remote now offers one year of battery life as well, though in exchange it no longer offers a headphone jack for private listening. A brand new game controller is also included with a sleeker design and improved navigation buttons.
In addition to all of the entertainment options from Android TV, NVIDIA also fosters an excellent developer community that leverages the GeForce GPU. You'll find 1,000 console-quality games and apps for Shield, including Tomb Raider which is slated to arrive in 2017, built for the Shield TV. That's above and beyond NVIDIA's own gaming offerings, including the GeForce NOW streaming service for AAA titles and GameStream for playing on your home PC remotely via the Shield Android TV.
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