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NVIDIA reportedly planning to introduce the new Shield Android TV at CES in January

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The NVIDIA Shield TV, first introduced at the Game Developers Conference in 2015, has been widely known as one of the best Android TV set-top boxes ever. Unlike other Android TV devices at the time, though, the Shield offered better performance for gaming as well as 4K video output. Now, more than a year later, we are getting our first report about a second generation console being announced at CES 2017…

SlashGear talked to an unnamed source who appears to have some insider information. According to the source, the new NVIDIA Shield TV will share the exact name as the outgoing unit. Additionally, the console itself will get an upgrade to support 802.11 ac WiFi and gain MIMO antennas which will allow for the Shield TV to have a faster and more reliable internet connection.

As for the remote and gaming controller, each will have a refined design and better battery performance when compared to the current model. It is also reported that the controller and possibly the remote will drop WiFi Direct and instead use Bluetooth Low Energy to connect to the NVIDIA Shield TV.

Finally, the new Sheild TV will keep its ability to output 4K content, a feature not as rare these days but still important when competing against the Xiaomi Mi Box and Chromecast Ultra. There is no word yet on pricing and if there will be a pro model with more storage.

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