Nvidia’s Shield TV now includes Google Assistant as part of its Shield Experience Upgrade 6.0 update, which is now available for download. The update also lets the Shield device work as a SmartThings Hub when paired with a SmartThinks Link. The launch price is US$14.99 and the regular price will be $39.99. Shield TV supports voice commands to search for apps, play and pause TV. Users can ask questions to get information about TV shows, characters and actors. Apart from this, users can also ask questions regarding weather, news updates, sports events and more.
Users can be able to communicate with Google Assistant using natural language commands. The set-top box can be integrated with the user’s Google Calendar, offers much of the functionality available in a Google Home smart speaker, including setting timers and alarms, and making phone calls. The Shield TV integrates with streaming apps from HBO, Netflix and other services. New and existing users of Shield will receive 3 months of Youtube Red for free.
It’s new features could help it stand out from the competition, but it is still a set-top box with digital assistant functionality. It also acts as a PC-lite game console.