The Nvidia Shield TV has today gone on-sale in the US, and though Nvidia themselves won’t ship a unit to you, you can get one sent directly to you in Australia if you use one of their partners.
There’s a number of partners listed on the Nvidia website who will ship the Shield TV Console to you, unfortunately Frys, BestBuy, NewEgg and MicroCenter won’t actually ship to Australia, but Amazon and B&H Photo Video apparently like money and will ship it here for a decent price. Before you get too excited it’s only the 16GB Shield TV console, not the 500GB Shield Pro behemoth most are waiting for.
There are a number of differences between the Shield TV and Shield Pro with the 16GB Shield TV dropping the microUSB port and microSD slot while the Shield Pro retains them. Both models have the same Tegra X1 processor under the hood and you also get two USB 3.0 ports and a gigabit ethernet port to boot as well. The Shield Pro releases on January 30th for $299.99USD or a little over $400AUD, and that 500GB of storage could come in handy if you’re a media hoarder.
Android TV consoles in Australia are a rare thing now that the Asus Nexus Player has gone the way of the Dodo. Nvidia is still flying the flag for Android TV, however they advised us at CES that they have no intention of releasing them directly in Australia (D’oh). So. It’s time to import.
Both Amazon and B&H Photo Video sell the 16GB Nvidia Shield Console at the RRP of $199.99USD, or around $268AUD and you’ll then pay for shipping, which of course to Australia adds a fair bit of cost.
B&H Photo Video offer two options for shipping:
- DHL Express $41.01 – 4-7 Business Days
- FedEx International Priority $47.06 – 3-5 Business Day
Amazon also offer shipping to Australia, with three options:
- AmazonGlobal Standard Shipping $16.35 – (averages 9-12 business days)
- AmazonGlobal Expedited Shipping $21.25 – (averages 7-11 business days)
- AmazonGlobal Priority Shipping $45.15 – (averages 2-5 business days)
If you’re still keen for the Shield Pro, then Amazon and B&H Photo Video will both let you pre-order the Shield Pro right now. If you’re just wanting a basic Shield TV console, then what are you waiting for? Get on it now.
Are you ordering the new Nvidia Shield Console? Which model?