The owners of a Roku 3 were anxious to replace this old device, which is outperformed by the set top boxes released by the rival companies, such as Apple and Amazon. The company has finally unveiled the Roku 4, but they didn’t say anything about an official release date, although some rumors were saying that the device will be available in the US at the end of October. Nvidia, on the other hand, has launched its Android TV set-top-box on October 1, and likewise the Roku 4, it can stream 4K content.
Its dimensions have been finally specified, so now we know that the Roku 4 measures 165x165x20mm, so it’s larger and shorter than its predecessor. Regarding its design, it still looks like a black box with rounded corners, but its edges no longer bulge and the top is matte, while the sides are glossy. The Roku 4 logo sits on the front, while the bottom is rubberized, so it won’t slip. The USB port is placed on the side, while HDMI, Ethernet, optical digital audio and a MicroSD card slot are hidden in the back.
You can plug a USB stick into the USB port and using the Roku Media Player app you can play music and videos, or view photos. The supported files are .MKV, .MOV, .MP4 and even FLAC. Also, it benefits from Optical Digital Audio and by pressing the remote-finder button placed on the top of the device, the users will be able to find the misplaced remote control, which will make a sound.
The internal configuration has been upgraded, so now the Roku 4 is powered by a quad-core ARM processor which is backed by 1.5 GB of RAM and the internal memory supports only 246MB for applications, but with a microSD card, its capacity can be expanded up to 64GB.
In addition, the Roku 4 comes with the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard and it has 4K Ultra HD support with HDCP 2.2, but no HDR support. The remote control supports voice search and the users will need to press the glass button and give the voice command.
The Roku 4 will cost 130 dollars and will run on the new Roku OS 7.
Nvidia Shield Android TV
Nvidia is selling its Shield box with 16GB of storage for £149.99 and the Shield Pro Android TV box with 500GB of storage for £219.99 in the UK, but both devices have a Shield Game Controller included in the box.
Both boxes allow you to expand their internal memory because they are equipped with a microSD card slot, but they also have two two USB 3.0 ports. Regarding the internal configuration, you should know that both of the boxes are powered by a Maxwell-based Tegra X1 quad-core 64-bit processor built by Nvidia and they support 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, along with Gigabit Ethernet for wireless and wired connection. In addition, the boxed have a HDMI 2.0 socket on the rear and they run on Android 5.0 Lollipop, which means that the users will get many Google services, such as Google Play, from where they will be able to download applications.
The unique thing about these boxes is that they allow the users to stream PC games to a separate screen using the GameStream service. The users can subscribe to GeForce Now, a service with a monthly subscription of £7.49, which offers over 50 games, including Warner’s Lego and Batman: Arkham.