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Nvidia has revealed an Android-based smart TV console and gaming system that pairs high-resolution video with an accessible interface for $199, plus a game streaming service that will offer games playable within a minute.

“All of us have been working toward this day for many years,” Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said.

Huang characterized the modern living room as a “smorgasbord” of dedicated devices that he believes will consolidate in smart TVs, much like they did in smartphones. Many of the possible applications have not yet been dreamt up, and won’t be until “a lot of clever people in the world” have access to new platforms, he said.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang  holds up the new Shield console at an event in San Francisco March 3. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang holds up the new Shield console at an event in San Francisco March 3.

Shield TV

The Shield console is about the size of a large book and faceted, giving it the appearance of chiseled stone. It’s a funky look for a home console, which…

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