CES 2017: Nvidia’s New Shield TV Adds a Steam App, Greater 4K HDR Support

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4K for everyone!

During its CES keynote address, Nvidia took the cover off the newest iteration of the Shield, its set-top streaming device.

In addition to future Netflix and YouTube 4K HDR streaming support, the Shield now supports Amazon Video in 4K HDR, as well.

Also coming to the Shield is a new Steam app to allow users to stream Steam games from their PC, similar to Valve’s own set-top device. The Shield is capable of streaming 4K HDR gaming content to a compatible television from a compatible PC.

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The new Shield also works with Nvidia Spot, a small little orb that integrates the Shield with Google Assistant from anywhere in your home you decide to place the Spot. Basically the Spot works as an extender for the Google Assistant functionality, so you don’t need to scream across your house when you want the assistant to do something for you.

The new Shield TV is hitting retailers in the United States, Canada and “select European regions” later this month at $200 USD. That price includes a controller and the Shield remote. A 500 GB Shield Pro is also coming, but no price was given by Nvidia.

However, not all the newly announced features have been integrated into the Shield ecosystem yet. Nvidia promises the new features, like Google Assistant, will be available “in the coming months.”

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CES 2017: Sony’s New TV Outputs Sound Directly From the Screen

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You can see the music.

Sony’s newest Bravia television sets have all the features we’ve come to expect in high-end sets; HDR, 4K, and OLED panels, but they also do away with speakers entirely. Yet they still produce sound.

Is it some manner of sorcery? Not quite. The A1E series has Sony’s Acoustic Surface technology, which vibrates the display itself and allows “sound to be output directly from the TV screen.”

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Sony promises it “produces a wide sound and image synchronization from all angles.” The lack of speakers means the A1E series has a super-thin bezel that’s uniformly… well, super-thin, around the entire set.

The new Bravia A1E Series TVs come in 77, 65, and 55-inch configurations. They also come equipped with Android TV, giving them a Google-infused smart TV experience with voice control. It also plays nice with Android devices.

No details on pricing or availability were given out by Sony, but it promises to release that info in the near future. It’s probably safe to assume the new sets won’t come cheap, but it might be worth it just to experience the sorcery that is a sound-producing television screen.

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CES 2017: Samsung Notebook Odyssey Is the Company’s First Gaming Laptop

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Comes in 17 and 15-inch versions.

Samsung is getting into the increasingly crowded world of high-end gaming laptops with its new Samsung Notebook Odyssey.

On top of a dedicated, performance laptop for gaming, Samsung also announced a new Chromebook designed specifically for Google Play.

The Notebook Odyssey has both a 15 and 17-inch configuration. Both versions have 7th-gen Intel i7 processors, and the 15-inch variation packs an NVIDIA GTX1050 in either a 4GB or 2GB version. The 17-inch model’s GPU is to-be-announced, but its probably safe to assume it will be equivalent to, but most likely more powerful than, the 15-inch version.

CES 2017: Samsung Notebook Odyssey Is the Company's First Gaming Laptop

The Samsung Notebook Odyssey.

CES 2017: Samsung Notebook Odyssey Is the Company's First Gaming Laptop

The Samsung Notebook Odyssey.

CES 2017: Samsung Notebook Odyssey Is the Company's First Gaming Laptop

The Samsung Notebook Odyssey.

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Going off the spec sheet alone, the Notebook Odyssey looks like it could be a pretty solid gaming laptop. Memory on the 17-inch model is expandable up to 64GB, and storage can be expanded to a 512 GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. Anyone who’s installed basically any triple-A game in the last three years knows how quickly a Steam sale can wipe out storage.

The Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro both function as laptops or as tablets, and both versions have a 2400×1600 Gorilla Glass screen. The display on the notebook is 1920×1080, but it has 300 nits of brightness. That’s a lot of nits!

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