Well this is surprising.
NVIDIA’s stepping into the gaming display space, partnering with a bunch of companies — Acer, Asus and HP to start — to release their own version of a BFGD, or Big Format Gaming Display. These 65-inch gaming displays are aimed at hardcore PC gamers who want a huge screen, and have impressive specs like a 4K resolution, HDR, as low as 1ms latency, and a 120Hz refresh rate.
Interestingly, they also have a full-on Android TV experience built in.
The pitch is that the hardcore gamers will come to the BFGD for the best experience when they hook up their PC and play, but then when they’re done with that and want to take a break they flip over to a full NVIDIA Shield Android TV experience:
This critically-acclaimed device, that before now was only available as a separate box, runs at up to 4K, in HDR, and has a whole host of apps and features. For streaming there’s support for Amazon, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and many other key channels; for home and remote playback there’s best-in-class Plex and Kodi support; for extra gaming fun there are Android games and exclusive conversions of classic titles, such as Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3; for remote PC playing there’s GeForce NOW and GameStream; for relaxed user control there’s voice-powered Google Assistant; and for future household tech there’s SHIELD’s Smart Home technologies.
So not only do you get the benefit of having an Android TV experience, but you get the NVIDIA version of that — that means Amazon Video, GeForce Now streaming and GameStream streaming. Presumably this is rolling with the same specs as a standalone NVIDIA Shield Android TV box, which is still the industry leader. A few other TV manufacturers have gone with Android TV for their default interface, but this is interesting to see as a value-add for something that is primarily focused on having the right specs for optimal gaming performance.
Because this is a partnership deal, NVIDIA is leaving it to Acer, Asus and HP to make their own announcements about BFGD releases. So we don’t know details about availability or pricing. ASUS has announced that its version will be the ROG Swift PG65, but has no details beyond that.
January 7, 2018 at 07:37PM