As part of tonight's hilarious GDC 2015 conference, Nvidia announced a new Nvidia SHIELD. No, it's not a new tablet of the same exact name, but it is a 4K capable Android TV console. Well, it's 4K capable if you're just watching videos, but we'll get back to that in a moment.

The SHIELD also makes use of Nvidia GRID, their game streaming service. Nvidia says that without their years of hard work and research, streaming of games just wouldn't exist, having conveniently forgotten about services like Onlive or PlayStation Now. I digress.
Built on Android TV, SHIELD can play top-quality 4K video content, includes one-click access to Google Voice Search and provides the richness of Android's app ecosystem.

SHIELD is a sleek device that comes loaded with cutting-edge NVIDIA technologies, including the recently launched NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor.

SHIELD is also the gateway to the NVIDIA GRID game-streaming service. Powered by GeForce GTX supercomputers in the cloud, GRID delivers an on-demand "Netflix for games" experience at up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second.

What can we expect from the SHIELD as far as gaming is concerned?
SHIELD -- sold with the SHIELD controller made for serious gaming -- is a single platform with access to a wealth of great games.

First, 50+ Android titles optimized for SHIELD will be available for download, including AAA titles like Crysis 3, Doom 3: BFG Edition and Borderlands: TPS. These can be played at blistering speed, thanks to SHIELD's Tegra X1 processor, with its 256-core Maxwell architecture GPU and 64-bit CPU.

Second, favorite AAA titles, including console games, can be streamed using the GRID on-demand game-streaming service. GRID will include with its subscription price access to 50 titles, such as Batman: Arkham Origins, GRID 2 and Metro: Last Light Redux, with additional titles added each week.

Third, the GRID service can be used to purchase and stream new release AAA titles -- including Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt coming later this year.

That's not too bad really, so long as you factor in the use of GRID. The console will ship in May for $199 (USD) and will include an Nvidia controller as well. The full technical specs of the SHIELD can be seen below along with a nice image of the device.

Processor NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell GPU with 3GB RAM

Video Features 4K Ultra-HD Ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264)

Audio Features 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI
High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192kHz over HDMI and USB
High-resolution audio upsample to 24-bit/192hHz over USB

Storage1 16GB

Wireless 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.1/BLE

Interfaces Gigabit Ethernet
HDMI 2.0
Two USB 3.0 (Type A)2
Micro-USB 2.0
MicroSD slot (supports 128GB cards)
IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)

Gaming Features NVIDIA GRID streaming service
NVIDIA GameStream

Weight and Size Weight: 23oz / 654g
Height: 5.1in / 130mm
Width: 8.3in / 210mm
Depth: 1.0in / 25mm

1 Portion of storage occupied by system software. 2 Supports NTFS, HFS+ and exFAT for USB drives.