Nvidia's Shield micro-console, if a device with a 256-core GPU and 3GB of RAM can ever be described as such, is to get a higher-end Pro variant according a listing published in error by retailer Amazon.
Announced back in March
as an alternative to the Shield hand-held console
and follow-up Shield Tablet
, the Shield - a confusing return to the original nomenclature - is designed for people who don't need portability. Based around Nvidia's Tegra X1 64-bit ARM processor, the system boasts a 256-core Maxwell-architecture graphics processor with 3GB of shared RAM, supporting Ultra HD 4K video output, 7.1- or 5.1-channel surround-sound at 24-bit/192KHz samble rates, and connectivity via gigabit Ethernet or 802.11ac 2.4GHz/5GHz dual-band Wi-Fi.
In short, the Android-powered device is a bit of a beast by micro-console standards. One specification stood out as a little stingy, however: the 16GB of local storage, which will be rapidly eaten up should a user choose to install Android games rather than make use of Nvidia's streaming functionality from its Grid cloud service or a local GeForce-equipped desktop, necessitating an SD-card upgrade. Amazon has now solved the puzzle, sending a listing for an as-yet unannounced Shield Pro live which was spotted by PC Perspective
before disappearing from the company's website. The only difference between the two, the listing suggested, is the storage: where the Shield has 16GB, the Shield Pro has a more capacious 500GB.
Both models come with the same accessories - USB cable, HDMI cable, Shield Controller, and a 40W power adapter - and support the same features. Nvidia has not yet commented on the Shield Pro.