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Nvidia’s Shield Is a 4K Android TV Console

Add Nvidia to the list of companies that want to rule your living room. At the Game Developer’s Conference Tuesday night, the company announced the Nvidia Shield console, an Android-based set-top box built for gamers. The Shield, which is capable of 4K playback and will ship with a game controller that Nvidia claims has a 40-hour battery life, will be powered by the company’s flagship Tegra X1 mobile chip. While Nvidia positioned the Shield as a revolutionary system powered by a revolutionary cloud streaming service called Grid, it conveniently ignored the slew of other Android set-top boxes on the market.

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Smaug from 'The Hobbit' Is a VR Nightmare

Tolkien fans already watched the dragon Smaug wreak havoc in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy on both the big screen and Blu-ray. At the annual Game Developers Conference this week in San Francisco, Weta and Epic Games unleashed the first VR experience recreated from the fantasy universe. The real-time sequence, which blends the original digital assets from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Epic’s own Unreal Engine 4, uses the latest version of the Oculus Rift headset to drop viewers into the quaking boots of Bilbo Baggins as he confronts the giant lizard.

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HBO Stand-Alone Streaming Service Could Launch in April for $15 a Month on Apple TV, Other Devices

HBO’s subscription streaming service will be called HBO Now and is expected to cost $15 per month, according to the International Business Times. The report says that HBO is targeting a launch for Now in early April, ahead of the start date for Game of Thrones. While Game of Thrones would be a great way for HBO to drive subscriptions to the new service, it’ll have to be careful if it plans to do that: last year, HBO’s online streaming option for cable subscribers, HBO Go, wouldn’t work for many who were trying to watch during the premiere. Apple is reportedly one of the partners that HBO could launch its new service with.