This week, Nvidia advances on the living room with its Shield raised and Turtle Beach has a new headset for PlayStation players
Nvidia Shield Android TV
The next wave of micro-consoles targeting the living room has arrived, and Nvidia’s Shield device is leading the charge.
Nvidia claims the Shield is the only media box capable of streaming Ultra HD 4K content at 60 frames per second.
It also has the ability to access video services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer, and is said to be up to 34 times faster than other media players – meaning its interface should feel snappier for users.
Google Chromecast features come built-in, with Google’s Voice searching and command functionality also included. Users can speak into the Shield’s controller or remote to find what they’re looking for.
The Shield is, at heart, a box for games. It can play Android titles, cloud games streamed through Nvidia’s new GeForce Now service, and PC titles via the use of the GameStream functionality.
GeForce Now costs 7.49 monthly in the UK, and launched earlier this month. GameStream lets users play any PC game on their Shield, by beaming it across from their desktop machine.
Inside the Shield sits a Tegra X1 processor, with a 256-core and 64-bit Nvidia graphics processor.
Two models are available: the 16GB Base version and the 500GB Pro edition.
RRP: 150 (Base), 220 (Pro), 50 (Controller), 40 (Remote)
Release Date: Out Now
Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 60P Amplified StereoGaming Headset
Turtle Beach has bolstered its entry-range series of Recon headsets with a new offering.
The Ear Force Recon 60P is designed for PlayStation 3 and PS4 players, and features a fetching blue colour scheme to match the platforms’ blue hues.
The 60P connects directly to the PS4 console by USB and to PS3 via a RCA port.
It boasts amplified audio, as well as mic monitoring, which allows players to hear their own voice in the headset while chatting, to avoid accidentally shouting at their online teammates.
The microphone is high-sensitivity for extra clarity, or can removed while watching films or listening to music.
As well as this, a detachable 3.5mm jack can be used to hook up the headset to a PlayStation Vita, PC, mobile device or Xbox One controller. Players can control microphone muting and the master volume using in-line controls built into the 60P’s cable.
Users should be able to remain comfortable during long gaming sessions thanks to the headset’s light seven-ounce weight.
Inside the device sits two full-range 40mm Neodymium speaker drivers, encased within ear cups wrapped in synthetic leather. This construction could improve bass response and minimise background noise from outside.
Release Date: Out Now
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