Nvidia Shield is the best Android TV box available in the market since 2020. Lately, Google released Chromecast With Google TV in late 2020, and is gaining popularity among the entertainment freaks. Both of them run on the Android OS, and both of them aggregate to bring you the best of online movies and TV shows. But if you want to choose either of them, there are lots of factors to be considered. Hence, we are going to compare Google TV vs Nvidia Shield in this article. You will find which is best with respect to the design, expandable storage, adaptable storage, gaming capabilities, remote control, and other features. At the end of this article, you will be able to choose the best streaming device.

Chromecast With Google TV VS Nvidia Shield

Take a look at each factor that we have analyzed to compare Google TV VS Nvidia Shield.

Design and Streaming Quality

Google TV design

Chromecast with Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV is a new dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. It has got a softer oval shape with a matte finish. Google TV is available in three different colors, namely snow, sunrise, and sky. Further, it has an all-new user interface designed by Google. On Google TV, you can stream various media content from popular streaming apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus, and HBO Max. And as a streaming device, Google TV offers all the most important features like 4K quality, Dolby Atmos, HDR, HDR 10+, and Dolby Vision. Further, it has a massive collection of apps. You can install all your favorite apps from Google Play Store in no time. In addition, Google TV is compatible with USB-C hubs for PoE and expandable storage. It even works with Stadia.

Nvidia Shield design - Google TV vs Nvidia Shield

Nvidia Shield

Nvidia Shield is an expensive streaming player. It is available only in Black color. Shield TV roughly measures the size and shape of a runner’s baton at 6.5 inches in length. It has AI upscaling tech, and its supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos content. Nvidia Shield is an excellent game streaming player. The AI upscaling system makes 1080p content look more detailed and closer to 4K quality. The device works as fast as it can. Its built-in Ethernet and microSD ports will give you consistent speeds and expandable storage. Further, it lets you cast the media content. The Nvidia Shield supports more native 4K content than most other streaming players. Additionally, it also supports all the major music streaming services. And the device runs on Android TV OS.

Remote

Chromecast with Google TV

Google TV comes with an excellent remote which is minimalistic and well-designed. The Google TV remote is compact and comfortable. There is a D-pad on the top of the remote. The special feature of the remote is a Google Assistant button. So you can hold and press the Google Assistant button for voice searches. The feature is really helpful for quick navigation. In addition, the remote also has dedicated buttons for YouTube and Netflix. Furthermore, the remote supports both Bluetooth and IR. So, when the Chromecast is connected to HDMI-CEC, you can use the remote to control the TV volume and even power down both. The remote includes buttons for Power, Mute, Back, Input, Home, and Mute. It is powered by two AAA batteries.

Google TV remote - Google TV vs Nvidia Shield

Nvidia Shield

The remote of Nvidia Shield is actually quite comfortable to hold. It is not just a thin, touch-sensitive remote. You will find motion activate and backlit buttons on the remote controller of Nvidia Shield. Further, the remote communicates with the Shield TV through Bluetooth and has an IR blaster at the end for controlling the volume on your TV. Like Google TV, Nvidia Shield also supports Voice Assistant. It is also compatible with Alexa. You will find a dedicated button for Netflix at the bottom. Apart from all these, it has buttons for Play, Pause, Forward, Backward, Power, and Menu buttons. Above all, you will find the built-in lost remote locator for finding a lost remote on the Nvidia Shield TV remote. It comes with two AAA batteries included.

 Nvidia Shield remote

Interface and Streaming Apps

Chromecast with Google TV

Google TV interface

Chromecast with Google TV works in two modes. Either you can install apps from Google Play Store to stream all your favorite media content, or you can cast any app from your Smartphone and watch them on Google TV. The Google TV interface is like Android TV having large tiles. The home screen comes with the tabs Search, For You, Movies, Shows, Apps, and Library. However, the Google TV had only 8GB of storage space. So you cannot play more games on Google TV. But you can expand the storage on Google TV. Google TV supports a wide range of streaming apps to stream. It provides streaming apps like Food Network, Comedy Central, CBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports, A&E, Disney+, Epix Now, Peacock TV, Showtime, Sling TV, The CW, YouTube TV, Tubi TV, TBS, Crackle, Hulu, and more. It also provides local channels like ABC, ZEE5, and more.

Nvidia Shield

Nvidia Shield interface - Google TV vs Nvidia Shield

Nvidia Shield is the most user-friendly streaming device. The interface boasts an attractive high-contrast look. With this, tweaking the options is easy to navigate. Further, Nvidia Shield includes the beta GeForce Now app for streaming cloud games and the GameStream app for streaming from an Nvidia-toting gaming PC. In addition, there is a Steam Link app that doesn’t require any Nvidia graphics card. The device offers almost every app available, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, Disney+, NHL, NBC, Amazon Music, and more. The MIA list still includes AT&T TV Now, Nick Jr, the USA Now, and more. Like Google TV, Nvidia Shield also offers 16 GB of storage space.

Price and Features

Chromecast with Google TV

Further, Google is adding lots of features to the device, like creating a Kids profile and parental controls. With these features, you can restrict inappropriate content for your children. And you can also customize the recommendations by turning on the apps-only mode on Google TV. With all the excellent features, Google TV costs around $50 which is very affordable.

Nvidia Shield

The Nvidia Shield comes in two versions. Nvidia Shield Pro costs $200, and Nvidia Shield TV which costs $150. GeForce Now lets users to stream games from Steam. Stadia charges you every month and makes you buy their games. However, its load times are minimal, and its performance seems reliable.

Google TV vs Nvidia Shield: Technical Specifications

SpecificationsGoogle TVNvidia Shield
USB Ports1 x USB (Power Only)2 x USB 3.1/ 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
Video Output1 x HDMI Male1 x HDMI 2.0b Female
Resolution4K quality with 60fpsMax 3840 x 2160p AT 60 fps
HDR CompatibilityHDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Dolby AtmosHDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, DTS
Ethernet1 x RJ45
Wifi Bands2.4 GHz, 5 GHz2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
BluetoothNot Specified 5.0
Antenna2×2 MIMO
OSAndroidAndroid 9.0 Pie
Memory (RAM)2 GB3GB
Virtual AssistantGoogle AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Battery Type2 x AAA2 X AAA
Communication MethodBluetooth, IRBluetooth, IR
Dimensions1.5 x 0.7 x 4.8″ / 38.00 x 18.00 x 122.00 mmNot Applicable
Weight 1.9 oz / 55 g8.82 oz / 250g
RemoteYesYes
Casting YesYes

Verdict

Chromecast with Google TV and Nvidia Shield is the best Android TV box you should try. The drawback of Google TV is you cannot play Android and Stadia games on your Google TV. If you like to play more games on Google TV, definitely this will not be a good option as it lacks storage space. Nvidia Shield has not been updated to Google TV yet, and it is more expensive compared to Google TV. If you are worried about saving money, then Chromecast with Google TV will be the best option.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many free channels do you get with Chromecast?

You can stream more than 300+ TV channels on Chromecast with Google TV for free.

2. Is Nvidia Shield Pro worth it?

Nvidia Shield Pro is the most costly streaming device in the Nvidia community. But, it has a powerful processor and AI upscaling to stream 4K videos without any buffering.

3. Which is better Chromecast with Google TV or Nvidia Shield?

Both the streaming devices have similar features. But, the cost of Google TV is extremely low and affordable compared to Nvidia Shield. If you are looking for a cost-efficient streaming device, then Google TV is the best one to buy.