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Only an inch thin, Nvidia’s Shield microconsole cuts through 4K video, games

Nvidia’s Shield is coming to the living room. Reborn as an ultra-thin micro-console that costs $200, the Android-powered device has a Tegra X1 graphics processor at its heart. For tech geeks, that means a GPU built on the same Maxwell architecture used for Nvidia’s high-end PC graphics cards. It’s powerful enough to support streaming content from both 4K video sources and video games, via Nvidia Grid.

The small console — 5.1-inch x 8.3-inch x 1-inch, weighing 1.4 pounds — is built to either sit flat or, with an included base, stand upright. The package comes with one of Nvidia’s wireless console-style controllers as well; it’s the same one that works with Shield tablets. The console can pair up to four controllers at once for local multiplayer gaming.

Related: Nvidia Shield Tablet review

Nvidia expects to support more than 50 games at launch, including new and popular titles like The Witcher 3 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The Shield also supports Nvidia Grid, a streaming service that also launches in May with both free and paid components. It’s not clear how everything works and what the cost will be, but it’s a similar concept to OnLive, with games streamed in from data centers.

What you’re really looking at here is a competitor to the likes of Amazon’s Fire TV and Razer’s Forge TV. We’ll be getting a closer look at the living room-friendly Shield soon, so stay tuned for more.