The NVIDIA SHIELD TV has been the best high-end TV streaming gadget for years, but the slim remote has always been a bit of a downer with its few buttons and touch-sensitive volume strip. Now you can get the triangular remote from the new SHIELD, compatible with all older models via software update, for just thirty bones.
Aside from the fancy new upscaling feature (which is, indeed, quite fancy), the new remote is the highlight of the refreshed SHIELD hardware. Its larger triangular shape makes it harder to lose in couch cushions, and dedicated buttons for volume, tracking, power, and menu make getting around the Android TV interface much easier than before. (There’s also a dedicated Netflix button, which is handy if you’re a subscriber but can’t be reprogrammed if you’re not.) Most users will appreciate the AAA batteries instead of a MicroUSB recharging port, too.
The new remote is shipping on NVIDIA’s web store now, and should be available at the usual retail suspects before too long. If you’re in the market for an entirely new SHIELD, however, the new “hot dog” version of the standard SHIELD is also on sale for $130, $20 off.