Originally Posted by frapso
Anyone have an nvidia shield connected to there tv?
Just ordered one to replace my wd but i read in there forums about video quality issues.
Now iam second guessing my purchase,looking for owner experiences.
Thanks for any feed back.
The problem I was trying to solve is:
How do I play back 100 mbits/sec 4K video shot with a Sony FDR-AX100 camcorder?
The 940C doesn't play those videos with the built in Android. (The wired network is only 100mbit, so that kills it right there.)
I bought a Shield, and it is able to play the videos in 4K. They look fine. Any video quality issues are not obvious.
I do notice some color differences with the Shield- but it was something I assumed would be fixed via firmware updates.
Also, it's not clear if the Shield is outputting at 18gbs or a lesser rate. I couldn't really find a way to check using the Shield or the 940c.
Looking at test patterns isn't definitive- I need the Shield or the TV to tell me what's up.
At this point, my impression of the Shield is that it is a higher performance version of the Android that is built into the Sony.
The ability to remotely play PC games using the Nvidia Game stream is an interesting option.
It is able to play games I consider to be Android phone quality games, and they are on a 4K screen, but to call it 4K gaming seems misleading.
I bought it because it's the cheapest way to play the higher bitrate 4K videos I have found.
An HDMI 2.0 video card is in the $150 range, plus you have to build the entire PC to go around it.
You have to deal with all the administration issues of running a PC.
In terms of modern 4K video games- to play Star Wars Battlefront at 4K with settings maxed, I read you need a pair of 980ti's in SLI.
That's $1100 or so just on video cards.
PS4 and Xbox One don't do 4K.
Intel NUCs don't support HDMI 2.0 yet.
That leaves the Shield in it's weird little niche- one of the cheapest HDMI 2.0 options out right now for playing videos.
We're kind of caught in purgatory right now. The technology to build a 4K version of the PS4 or Xbox One at an affordable price point doesn't exist yet.
(So we can't do what we did with 1080P in 2006, which was buy a PS3 as a game player / media player / blu-ray player.)
4K Blu-Ray players aren't out yet, so using that as a media player won't happen for a while.
Building an additional PC to play 4K videos and games is expensive assuming most people keep their PC and their TV as separate setups.
Time will pass, technology will advance, and hopefully we'll have a solution that makes sense.
In the meantime, the Shield solves my problem at a reasonable price. It isn't perfect, but at <$199, I didn't expect it to be.