The Nvidia Shield is the PC gamer’s best friend and as cheap as it gets right now

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Nvidia Shield is the PC gamer’s best friend. Well, as long as they’re putting a GeForce graphics card in the main rig… but this is the ultimate set top TV box, and available with a $21 off on Amazon Immediately. Not only is it a great media player, but it also allows you to easily stream your PC games from your desktop system, through your home network, and play them on your big screen television from the comfort of your couch.

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It’s the device that really delivered the PC-as-a-console experience, and I wouldn’t be without my Shield. And even if you current rig isn’t up to the prospect of playing the latest Ray Trace ‘RTX On’ games, you can always sign up for a little GeForce Now streaming. It will allow you to stream games over the internet without a PC, and it works brilliantly.

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I’ve been on the couch lately, trapped under a newborn who wouldn’t sleep on anything other than my squishy tummy of an evening. It makes PC gaming difficult, yet with the Shield and GeForce Now I’m making my way through Control and Life Is Strange: True Colors.

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All you need is a bluetooth controller and you are away. The latest Xbox pads are perfect.

Nvidia Shield | 4K | HDR | Android TV | $149.99

Nvidia Shield | 4K | HDR | Android TV | $149.99 $129 on Amazon (Save $21)
I’d be lost without the Shield right now, as a dedicated cord-cutter is what powers my TV. It’s also the PC gamer’s best friend, so you can stream directly from your Nvidia-based desktop rig to your big-screen TV. That and GeForce Now make it one hell of a 4K-toting, HDR lovin’ package.

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It doesn’t get much cheaper than this price in the US, but there is a £99 Shield deal In the UK today it is worth seeing if you are on this side of the pond.

Away from gaming, the Shield is also a great media box. This is my Plex machine, but will happily work with Kodi if that’s your bag. Android TV may not have quite as wide an app selection as Android on a phone or tablet, but it’s still a powerful device to have jammed into your television.

It’s easy enough for anyone to use now that Nvidia has updated the remote. My only issue now is the remote slides back too easily when my kid is throwing it around the house demanding to watch tractor videos on YouTube. So yes, it is also quite strong.

Honestly, even if it’s not on offer this Black Friday, I’d recommend buying one.

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