Xbox One vs. Nvidia Shield TV : Home Theater, Streaming Media, & Gaming

Xbox One vs. Nvidia Shield TV : Home Theater, Streaming Media, & Gaming


hey everybody it’s Lon Seidman and we’ve
got another home theater talker episode here where I’m going through some of the
changes I’m making upstairs as I now begin to watch a few more movies with my
new OLED television I’m gonna put a playlist down below so you can get the
context for everything that I’m talking about and today I’m gonna focus on the
Xbox One S as a media player and whether or not I think it is better now than the
Nvidia shield TV they cost very close now to each others so there’s not a huge
difference in price between the shield here and the Xbox and I wanted to give
you my experiences so far now that I’ve got this HDR TV now that I’m watching
some 4k blu-ray movies and let you know what I think of this so far but I did
have to make one new purchase to the system since I last updated you on it
and that was replacing out the audio receiver
I had a great Yamaha receiver that I’ve been using for many years but it did not
support 4k nor did it support the new 4k copy-protection standard that all of
these devices require so I had to swap that out
I bought a Yamaha RX 2070 not cheap about $1600 but it is a higher powered
receiver delivers about 140 watts per channel and it also supports Dolby Atmos
and DTS X which my old receiver didn’t support so hopefully I’ll be able to
take advantage of some of these new audio technologies with it it also has a
slew of inputs on the back of it so if your TV is limited in how many HDMI
ports it has one of these receivers can really help because you can add a whole
bunch more and control everything from that central receiver remote which was
very very helpful so I got that going on there again not happy about having to
spend that much to basically replace a fully functional and just fine receiver
but that was something I had to do to get all this 4k stuff going and before
we get into this video I do want to let you know in the interest of full
disclosure that I paid for the Xbox here with my own funds this Nvidia shield TV
I also purchased with my own funds but they have sent one or two units to the
channel for review in the past all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own
nobody is paying for this review and no one has reviewed this content before it
has been uploaded we might also mention a few sponsors or past sponsors in this
video and I’ll mention those disclosures at the time that those product
come up in the conversation so let’s get into it and see how these two products
stack up now I did want to give you some thoughts on this new 4k blu-ray standard
which was why I purchased the Xbox in the first place to watch these films and
I’ll tell you what I am NOT as impressed with the jump from 1080p to 4k as I was
when I went from DVD to blu-ray the 1080p blu-ray a number of years ago it’s
not that big of a visual difference especially on some of these new 4k
televisions that up convert from 1080p so well so if you are you know watching
your 1080p blu-rays and very satisfied with the way they look on your new 4k TV
you will probably notice some differences in resolution here with
these new films but again it’s not going to be as groundbreaking of a jump as you
might remember going from you know standard definition DVD to hi-def
blu-ray those TVs really do upconvert quite well you will notice if your eyes
are attuned for this as a savvy movie watcher the HDR color is something
significant and worth talking about you will get a much more rich color on
screen and you’ll notice that in certain scenes especially when movies are really
supporting that HDR mode quite well but there’s a catch to all of this and that
is how they shoot these movies so this movie here the Martian has most of its
practical set scenes shot at 5k and they down converted it to 4k and those look
nice and sharp a real difference I think over the blu-ray version especially if
you put them next to each other but when Matt Damon wanders out into Mars and we
switched to scenes that had to be rendered with digital effects in them
they actually decline in image quality you see a real reduction in the
sharpness of the image because those effects sheet scenes were rendered at 2k
or 1080p and then being up converted to 4k and you’ll notice a pretty sharp
difference in quality between the times that Matt Damon is inside his base versus
when he is out on the Martian Tundra there and that’s not something you’ll
notice as readily on the 1080p blu-ray which was consistently 1080p across the
entire film this one’s going to jump from a really nice sharp image to
something a little fuzzier depending on what’s going on in the movie you’re also
going to see on some older films where they were using traditional film to
shoot the movie and then having to film the effect shots back onto film
and merge them all together the analog way like Terminator 2 and others you
also notice some image declines in those shots as well because they did have like
a generation loss when they were filming those movies in the first place you’re
gonna see some you know some image quality that’s just not consistent
across these movies and I certainly noticed that with the Martian there’s a
great website called real or fake 4k dot-com that I suggest you take a look
at to see exactly which films really benefit from this 4k technology and
which ones might be fudging it a little bit and this one certainly did perhaps
they can go back to the effect shots over time and re-render them at 4k but
the cost to do so I think for the studios might be more than they would
sell on physical copies here and that’s one of the pitfalls of having these
really super high resolution televisions you can see all the blemishes now and
all the things that they were doing a trick us over the years because
projection technology just wasn’t all that great in the theaters and we were
usually running on 1080p or less displays at home but now we’ve got some
nice stuff and it’s fairly apparent now some of the differences in how these
movies look from one scene to the next so let’s get into the hardware I’m using
to watch these films and see whether or not the Xbox One S is a good replacement
for an Nvidia shield and I have to say I’m getting a bit of buyer’s remorse on
this it started when I first unboxed it and shared that experience with all of
you here on the channel a bunch of you wrote in saying you know it may not be
the best choice and here are some reasons why and I you know decided to
try it for myself and see and I agree with a lot of the sentiments here a
couple of issues first is the fan noise this thing makes a lot of noise they’ve
improved the fan noise over the prior edition of the Xbox but this one’s still
making some noise not only from the fans but also from the disk spinning on it
you’ll notice that especially in quieter scenes of the movies you’re watching but
I do like the change in industrial design over the prior Xbox including the
integrated power supply my old xbox has a fan on the power supply and the Xbox
itself it was always making a ton of noise this one is quieter by comparison
but not as quiet as the Nvidia shield but the Xbox one though has a blu-ray
player on board and one that supports 4k blu-rays and you can watch those in HDR at the 4k resolution even though it’s not capable
of playing games at 4k so that’s maybe a plus but the problem here is that the
color accuracy on the Xbox One S is not as good as a standalone 4k Ultra HD
blu-ray player there’s a great channel on YouTube called HD TV test where he
did a heads up comparison between the Xbox’s and the blu-ray players and based
on how the Xbox processes imagery it’s not as accurate with its HDR color which
might be an issue for enthusiasts but one thing I noticed while setting up the
Xbox is that this HDR color stuff is going to be a pain point for a lot of
consumers we’ve now got different resolutions to think about you really
can’t play back one of these HDR 4k blu-ray discs on a television that
doesn’t support HDR because the colors are not going to look right and the Xbox
here while it had a very good means of figuring out what my TV was capable of
when it was directly plugged into the TV all of those automatic suggestions went
away when I plugged it in through the audio receiver and I had to activate
everything manually now I have a brand new television that supports all the
latest and greatest stuff but I have a slightly older 4k TV that I got just
about a year and a half ago that only supports HDR at certain frame rates and
this is stuff that I think a lot of consumers are going to run into maybe
they bought that 4k TV when it had minimal HDR support and now all of a
sudden they’ve got the Xbox here and either won’t use their TV to its full
capabilities or just get stuck when they don’t know which setting to activate or
deactivate when trying to watch some movies on it so I think it’s gonna take
a couple of years to get all this stuff kind of worked out but that was
definitely an issue that I encountered it’s not unique though to the Xbox here
we’ve had a similar issue with the Apple TV on that older 4k TV over there when
we were setting that up now the Xbox One S another thing people reminded me
about doesn’t support another HDR mode called Dolby vision and that’s something
the Nvidia shield at the moment doesn’t support either so I’m sure at some point
we might see a revision in hardware that will bring in that additional HDR mode
and yet again that’s just yet another thing that consumers are going to have
to think about when shopping for movies as well as the hardware to play them
back now I’ve always been a big fan of the Nvidia
shield because it lets me consume the media that I own and control the way I
want to and I’ve talked in the past about how I took all of my blu-ray
movies and basically ripped them on to a network attached storage device I have
down in my utility closet here and I’m able to stream the movies that I own
anywhere in the house whenever I want to whatever device I want so I can watch
them on the Nvidia shields here but I could also play them back on computers
phones and tablets and I like that flexibility of not having to bring discs
all over the house and lose them I can take the discs and just put them on that
network attached storage device and play them back and the best part about the
shield is that it’s gotten so much better at that over my period of
ownership so this does support Kodi which is an open source media playback
application that I use all the time lossless audio works on here so I get
the same exact audio quality that those original discs had even DTS X and Atmos
now work with this so you get the absolute best audio quality no loss in
visual quality and the convenience of watching anywhere in the house it also
effectively switches my television down to the same frame rate as the movies so
I don’t get jagged playback I’ve just been so satisfied with this thing and
they keep making improvements to make that media experience better Kodi is
also available now on the Xbox one and I did try to replicate that experience
that I get on the shield here with the Xbox but unfortunately Kodi’s not
working well on the Xbox due to Microsoft’s restrictions as to how it
can operate so it doesn’t do lossless audio which means that I don’t get all
the same audio quality that I’m getting out of the shield right now it also
doesn’t let me play back my movies over the network which is a big big check
mark against it because that’s where all my media is stored it’s on the network
so I thought hey you know what I can maybe grab the some movies and put them
on a hard drive and plug them into here but the Xbox at least based on
Microsoft’s restrictions do not allow third-party apps at least Kodi to access
the external hard drive to play back any media so while you can have Kodi
installed on the Xbox here for my purposes it’s pretty much useless in
that kind of disqualified the Xbox here as being my go-to media player and there
was another recent development that now is allowing me to play back these 4k
blu-ray movies the same way I’ve been playing back my
1080p movies over the network MakeMKV which is a great software package for
doing that archiving has some limited support for Ultra HD movies they haven’t
cracked the encryption on it but they have been doing so on a disk by disk
basis and when I recently upgraded my blu-ray burner to something that could
support a 100 gigabyte disk for archiving some of the footage I do here
on the channel had the side benefit of reading these discs and MakeMKV has
been able to take all the discs that I just bought and put them on my NAS
Drive just like I’ve been doing with my 1080p movies and the best part is the
shield here is supporting the HDR modes just fine so that when I go ahead and
play back one of those movies over the network I’m getting image quality
identical to the original disc and I’m not having to deal with the discs all
over the place so I can play them back on any TV in the house get all the
lossless audio that I was getting before but now with Atmos and DTS X support and
again it really raised the stock once more for the Nvidia shield it’s been
working really really well if you want more information about this head over to
the MakeMKV website where you can dig through their forums and find all the
information you need to get it working you need a compatible drive there are
some firmware updates coming that might disable this feature so there’s going to
be a continual game of whack-a-mole between the hackers and the studios but
for me at least I’ve been able to largely replicate my 1080p experience
now with my 4k movies the one problem though the shield has at the moment is
that it doesn’t do color space switching so it seems to be keeping itself in this
4k REC 2020 color space even when the film or whatever I’m doing with it
doesn’t call for that color mode which means when I’m playing back a 1080p
movie it’s not switching out of that 4k color mode and that’s been an issue on
the shield it’s something that’s going to get corrected hopefully in an
upcoming update to the Android system that is running on here this is an
Android problem and right now you’re going to have to manually switch out of
the 4k color space to playback your 1080p movies which is a bit of a pain
but hopefully they get that fixed at some point in the future there’s folks
from Nvidia on their official forums saying that’s something there
working on the Xbox does switch between color modes automatically now the Xbox
One S does do a very nice job with the standard media apps that you might use
from a streaming service so I’m thinking about Netflix and Amazon video and
YouTube and whatnot the performance between the shield and the Xbox is about
the same with those apps the HDR modes all work where they’re supposed to and
by and large I didn’t see much of a difference there between the Xbox and
the shield one note on some of those streaming apps is that for whatever
reason Comcast here in the United States refuses to support HBO Go on the Nvidia
shield even though you can install the app on it it doesn’t work because
Comcast didn’t anoint it with their blessing it does work on the Xbox One
here so if you are a big HBO fan and are subscribing to HBO through Comcast it’ll
play on here and not on the shield unless you do a chrome casting thing
from your phone to the shield and then it works a lot of complication nonsense
from their bureaucracy there but that’s something you have to deal with now as
many of you know I’m a big fan of the HD homerun television tuners I bought one a
couple of years ago and I was able to get rid of all of my Comcast equipment
here in the house and save a lot of money by bringing that tuner in and then
connecting up my Nvidia shields and other devices to it to watch live
television I’m now using their DVR system as well which runs on that same
network attached storage device that serves up all of my movies and full
disclosure they’re now a sponsor here on the channel but it’s a product that I am
very passionate about because it did free me from some of the shackles of
Comcast’s bureaucracy both of these devices playback the HD homerun stuff
just fine in fact there’s a native app for each of them one thing the Xbox will
be doing better in the coming months is that it does support right now DRM
protected channels to be played back live that’s not something you can do on
the Nvidia shield and Android but they are supporting DRM on Windows which is
the same app that’s running inside of the Xbox one it’s one of these Universal
apps where you write code for one platform and it works on Windows and the
Xbox so as DRM gets rolled out they told me last month during an interview that
the Xbox and Windows devices are going to get that DRM support first before
the Android boxes do so that might be one reason why if you’re continually dealing
with your cable system locking down channels mine doesn’t but many do the Xbox
might be the better solution for that but again both playback the content that
I’m watching just fine and if you’re using one of the silicon dust HD homerun
over-the-air tuners they should be giving you identical experiences here in
overall quality and functionality if you want more information on those
television tuners I will also put some recent videos I’ve done on them in the
master playlist you can find in the video description there’s a lot of other
videos you can watch to get more context about everything I’m talking about here
including those tuners I’ve done a lot on that now there is one last
comparative to bring up here and that of course is gaming on these devices of
course you’ve got the Xbox here which is designed as a game console first and
foremost it is more powerful than the Nvidia shield is and as a result you do
have a very nice selection of triple-a titles available for this console
including many xbox360 titles as well the game library just is richer here
than it is on the Nvidia shield NVIDIA has been making efforts to bring more
games to this they have a online streaming service that brings some
higher-end PC titles over to you without having to own a PC over the Internet
they do have some games that have been ported over to Android but again not as
many games on the shield as there are on the Xbox especially if you are a modern
gamer but me being 41 years old like some of the older stuff like the NES and
the atari 2600 and many other games like that and as a result i really do prefer
the shield for playing games because it can play all of those old games quite
well with a large number of emulators available through the android store as
well as games emulators that i can side load onto this that are not available in
the store and this console does a very nice job not only with the older stuff like the 2600 and the NES and everything but
it also does a pretty nice job with some of the newer 32-bit consoles and it’s
able to play a lot of the PSP games from the sony PSP handheld the sony ps1 works
well on here the 3do which was one of my favorite early 90s consoles runs great
on this device and even some things as modern as the
Wii and the GameCube have some titles that run quite nicely on here through the
dolphin emulator and as a result this does a lot of the gaming that I like to
do better than the Xbox does which is why this one gets a lot more play time
than the Xboxs do in my house the other thing this thing does well though
is in-home game streaming from a PC and I’m able to do that from my gaming PC
down here in the basement to any of my Nvidia shields in the house and it works
exceptionally well the really cool thing is that my gaming PC has a 1080p monitor
on it but I’m able to stream the games at true 4k on my to 4k televisions down
here as well as the one upstairs and that is a really cool feature there’s a
setting inside of the Nvidia control panel called DSR and when you enable
that feature what it will do is trigger the shield to run those games at a 4k
resolution it automatically temporarily changes the settings for that television
if you close the game and go back to your PC and play it on the monitor your
settings go back to the way they were and I was able to play rocket League
here at 4k and it looked great excellent frame rate I’ve got a GTX 1080
GPU on my gaming PC so some games work pretty well at 4k others you’ll have to
turn down the image settings a little bit to get a decent frame rate but you
can stream in-home 4k at 60 frames per second from your gaming PC if it’s
powerful enough to this device here or of course just play your games at 1080p
and when you do that the image quality is better on the shield than it might be
on the Xbox depending on the power of your gaming PC so it’s no slouch in the
gaming department it doesn’t have the titles but it does have some of the
workarounds to playing those titles if you do have them on your gaming PC and
of course a much richer library of retro game emulators and of course a bunch of
Android casual stuff as well so all in I’m still sticking with my Nvidia shield
Microsoft has done some nice stuff with the Xbox here and I think for a lot of
general consumers it’s probably fine but for me as an enthusiast where I’ve kind
of rolled out my entire network here myself and really have things working
exactly the way I want them to the shield is the least restrictive and I’m
now able to play my 4k blu-ray movies on here as well so lots of cool stuff that
I am quite excited about here in the house but I had to buy a lot more stuff
unfortunately in any event let me know what you thought down in the comments below
we’ll probably do some follow ups here as I continue to tweak out the rest of
the system here eventually I’d like to get an Atmos system set up upstairs
where I’ve got all the speakers set up for that now that my receiver supports
it so that’s a goal to shoot for as we work our way through the year here until
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100 thoughts on “Xbox One vs. Nvidia Shield TV : Home Theater, Streaming Media, & Gaming”

  • A lot of movie buffs still use plasma for moives as plasma has been doing HDR since released and does a better job at HDR than a cheap HDR tv.

    I find it funny how they make a big deal over HDR and the next big thing when Plasma is allready doing HDR. Its just HDR tryjng to match the colour reproduction, blacks and contrast plasma allready has.

  • What was the point of adding Kodi to Xbox. If it doesn’t work over your network? And the developers at Kodi agreed to this? So what exactly do you use Kodi for on the Xbox?

  • I have a LG OLED and have the OPPO HiDev 4K Player connected and the Martian is mind blowing. Anything else is junk compared to the OPPO.

  • GameStream actually adjusts all graphics settings based on your PC's spec as long as the game is supported (a game is supported if it can be scanned without having to add it manually). So basically there is no need to change the settings anymore once you started streaming.

  • I have 3 old shields and 1 new one. Redid my family room with a Sony 65” A1E and going to go with another Blu-ray player other than the Xbox-S as I don’t game anymore much.

  • Nice choice on the receiver Lon, I'm running the rxa1070 with the shield into a 65" LG OLED, hard to beat this setup!!

  • I just bought the Reveal and I bought the Nividia Shield Pro to stream Kodi.I’m not keeping both so I was hoping you could help me decide which on to keep? I don’t game but if the Shield has retro arcade games then I would play games. Which one do I keep? Reveal is loaded and the company keeps it up to date. The Shield I’ll have to load myself.

  • VIDEO INDEX:
    00:43 – New home theater receiver (Yamaha RX-A2070)
    02:17 – 4k UHD Blu Ray vs. 1080p Regular Blu Ray
    05:59 – Xbox One S Fan noise
    06:44 – 4k HDR color accuracy on Xbox One S
    07:12 – Consumer confusion on color options
    08:27 – No Dolby Vision support on Xbox or Shield
    08:51 – Kodi support: Nvidia Shield vs. Xbox
    11:02 – Playing 4k UHD Blu Ray MKVs on Shield TV through Kodi
    12:33 – Shield TV does not do color space switching
    13:23 – Xbox and Shield on Netflix / YouTube / Amazon
    14:18 – HDHomerun performance on Xbox and Nvidia Shield
    16:12 – Gaming
    16:57 – Lots of emulation options on the Shield TV
    18:27 – Streaming PC games to ShieldTV at 4k with a 1080p monitor

  • I have spectrum as my internet provider. They dont charge a fee to use their cable modem and router. Is it best for me to just use their equipment or go out and purchase my own cable modem and router? Plz help. Thinking that if i purchase ny own equipment my internet will be faster. I currently get 100mbps with spectrum. Also please recommend a better cable modem and router as well. Thx.

  • You can playback movies from an external hard drive if you get the media player app on the xbox and enable the sound setting to allow the sound to be played back in the format it was recorded in.

  • Hey Lon. Great show. Question. How much bandwidth do you need in order to play games over the network from your gaming PC to your shield?

  • Toying around with the idea of cutting the cord and came across your channel. Lots of knowledge here. Very intrigued with your Nvidia shield, home network, and tv tuner setup. Earned a subscriber

  • Wow I have both nvidia shields 16 and the 500 gigs. I always find my way to use Xbox one for kodi and all the media. I feel like tony stark.

  • I find the most irritating thing to be the 4k support of Youtube app. It works on Shield, it gives me the 4k-videos (just to point out, I DON'T have a 4k TV/projector. I'm using 1080p projector). Xbox doesn't show me the 4k videos of YT, max is 1080p… Then Netflix, Shield doesn't support Atmos, Xbox does. I find it annoying to switch between machines, if I want to watch best possible quality on YT and Netflix…

  • Funny how Microsoft back when Kodi was XBMC they were basically told them our stuff is better now microsoft has them back AND LIMITS WHAT THEY CAN PLAY!!!! that why I hate microsoft Windows 8.1 last OS I am using barely and they can go [email protected]! OFF!!

  • The shield is garbage at gaming but pretty decent at everything else. Xbox one is quite a bit better but when comparing prices, it gets a little more even matched.

  • Agreed, the nvidia shield tv is better than the xbone. Btw, the xbone has the worst 4k player on the market atm, beware of the crap.

  • I'm just wondering why you didn't do a comparison to the Xbox one x which is much better and was available at the time of this comparison.

  • I've got an original shield TV that i've had since launch. I'm glad I bought it because it has never disappointed me. My only gripe is that not all Google Play store apps support it (but that's an issue with the developers of the respective apps)

  • Okay thank you for the video, and I hope this isn’t a dumb question but I am new, so do you need to use a HD home run box to watch YouTube tv, Hulu, DirectTv Now, PSVue? Or can that be down without that add on?

  • I just found your channel for the first. I've only watched this video and really enjoyed it. My tv supports audio return channel or (ARC) which allows me to connect my Xbox directly to my tv with hdmi and still take full advantage of my receiver's capabilities. Most new tv's and receivers support ARC. Your issue with video and the Xbox S may be fixed with this feature.

    I have a Synology NAS and Nvidia Shield TV. Perhaps you have covered this feature. In the settings/storage & reset you are able to connect the Synology NAS with the "Mount Network Storage" feature on the Shield. Of course a network connection works fine to but this is also available.

    I just want to point out that the Xbox also has Plex. So you can stream video from your NAS to the Xbox. I don't know if hdcp 2.2 is supported. Like you, I also transfer my DVD and BluRay's to disk.

    Even though my Synology NAS does transcoding, I still prefer a good Windows PC with a decent CPU for transcoding. If you've ever run a test and compared the two it's night and day difference. Of course you can still connect the NAS to the Windows PC. But I like using my Windows box just for transcoding. You also have M.2 SSD's which are super fast that also make a huge difference on a Windows pc. Of course you can put the SSD's in your NAS for cachingstorage or both, but I still think the M.2 SSD's on Windows are the way to go for transcoding.

    I will check out some more videos and may become a supporter as there is a lot I'm interested in here. Thanks again for the work you do.

  • Why does everyone review 16gb version shield tv, for extra 100 £€$ Pro version is the better buy, as everyone points out 16gb version has no sd card slot, Pro does, plus lots of other features that 16gb version doesn't have

  • Thanks to video i bought two (2) Nvidia shields and have removed all the set-top box and couldn't be happier. Question: Do you prefer to use Kodi to view your LIVE TV + Plex media? Or just Plex?

  • I hate to tell you this unless you are on above 10Gb connection you are only watching an upscaled image at 4k and hdr is a waste of space because neither xbox 1x nor the ps4 pro has the graphics power nor the ram to adequately support it

    I don't own the xbox one s to comment on 4k and hdr

    however looking at the x it does have some issues showing static images in certain game in rendering yet the issues do not exist so far in the implementation of hdr on the ps4pro

    I think HDR at the present time is still within its 1st stage release so it will be hard to judge in the console debate as it is going to take time to iron out the kinks in the new formats

  • As an "Enthusiast" for pure Media streaming excluding any gaming, the NVIDIA Shield has a few major problems:

    a) the worst 1080p > 4K picture quality upscaling I have seen vs 4K TV's or the Apple TV 4K
    b) no auto colorspace switching for varied SDR/HDR usage which gets really annoying really quickly if you want correct color outputs.
    c) if you have decent 5.1 Dolby Digital only audio equiptment, you cannot get 5.1 DD audio out of the Shield from 5.1 DD+ Netflix and Amazon Video because stupidly NVIDIA has no Dolby Audio Licence to do the 5.1 DD+ > DD audio downmixing.
    d) no Frame rate matching for smooth 24p video playback in Apps like Netflix and Amazon Video.

    What it does do well is Speed, and HD Audio inc. Atmos & DTS:X passthrough.

  • Okay I have a Xbox one s and am getting a nividia Shield! I don’t want to use the shield for streaming and Xbox for movies and gaming. So I would like to have you explain to me how to link the Xbox controller with the nividia Shield so I can use the Xbox controller as a mouse/keyboard.

  • hello @Lon.tv, kindly I like to ask if I could play media files like (H.265/HEVC) directly with shield via USB and will it supports atmos and dtsx codec via HDMI AVR?  Regards.

  • At this point in time, it'd be the Shield…. until Microsoft pull their finger out and allow audio pass-through for 3rd party applications and usb hub support for multiple drives so kodi can pick them all up and you can load all your rips into it.

  • I honestly would choose the Nvidia Shield before the Xbox. Plex Server, PC Gaming w/ gamestream and over the cloud. 4K, HDR, Atmos. Cheaper price. Channels w/ HD Homerun. Android Apps. Compact portable Size…..need I say more?

  • Don't use the nvidia shield TV as a plex media server. It can be a fine plex player, however The shield is not powerful enough to support most 1080p playback as a server. Also if you use NAS devices to store your media the shield is known to drop the devices and not pick them back up for weeks at a time providing connection failure messages. Meanwhile Nvidia help desk is useless and won't support. Get a Mac mini

  • I play hevc remux 2160p from an external disk ssd usb 3.0 on the oled b7. In a while I will buy a console but have real support 4k hdr or hdr 10, or maybe dolby vision.

    Thanks for the information and your videos are great

  • This video is hurting my feelings, I actually wanted to buy Xbox One S just for media playing since I am not a gamer but maybe playing games here and there. Plus my DVD receiver malfunctions and it's a bonus for me to have a player there. What is actually disappointing me is that you say it's louder and that Microsoft doesn't allow third party apps to access media from external source like external HDD and I have a gazillion 1080p mkv films. I guess I'll buy a proper 4K receiver along with 4K TV when the time comes, for now I'll stick with this poor old DVD. I'm gonna watch this video again.

  • Had a Shield. Loved it. Got an X1X and decided I didn't want to buy a Harmony remote to toggle between inputs. So now I use only the X1X. The trick to get great, stable 4k HDR playback from my NAS was to go with Plex AND use x.265 files. The only downside might be the audio conversion that Plex does. Picture is flawless direct stream though ( maybe because my relatively new Alienware is the actual Plex server (my cheap NAS can't get the Plex app itself) ). I believe Kodi will eventually reach full functionality on the Xbox at which point I don't see anymore downside (unless you want to do PC gaming on your TV…I myself got tired of fighting with video card driver problems).

  • Nice detailed video. I was thinking of buying a shield for h265 videos streaming from my laptop. My PS4 wont play h265 videos.

  • These days, I really can't be bothered with physical discs or ripping files or even downloading files to my computer.

    It may not be the most reliable or high quality, but I've gone all in on streaming.

    I like perusing through an online streaming library, like Netflix or even just the Play store, and watching what I want INSTANTLY.

  • For those of you complaining its only 139 bucks now and it has a newer model also you can play alot of games than before you emulate games like nes. Ps.sega. nintendo.psp any game can be emulated basically and theres other games where you can get games from you're steam account and you can play witcher 3.warframe.Skyrim. Any need for speed game. Monster hunter it has alot of new games not just retro games and trust me it is alot better than an xbox s big time

  • I have ripped all my blu rays to mp4. Around 20gb files with lossless audio, standard dts, and aac 320 stereo.

    Xbox One plays them all fine via wifi with the standard media player app….Hard drive plugged into my router to stream anywhere at home or away

    No idea what this dude is talking about

    They also play fine plugged right in the Xbox.

  • Lon do you have a follow up for this video (dolby/fan noise/color accuracy etc)? Also HDTV test is the best comedy channel on youtube 🙂

  • Xbox One S now allows to plug in an external HD to a USB port and play back movies (mkv, MP4 etc). You will need to install a media player like VLC which will read the media files and can also stream movies over local network.

  • what are you talking about fan noise the xbox on is quiet as a mouse you most have a problem with hardware. A gaming console is for gaming yeah they made them to do many things but they are primarily built for gaming. The X model is more powerful and is more up to date but still not comparable to devices made for streaming and other stuff. You should have done more research before buying it.

  • If you're sitting close enough to hear your Xbox then you're close enough to see the difference between 1080p and 2160p

  • I can’t play any games at all because i have to wait for GeForce Now to send me a key or something which I don’t understand how it works or if I were to ever get the key were would I put it.

  • The XBOX team has pushed a lot of firmware and software updates since this video was uploaded. I would give XB1S another look if you were on the fence about what to buy. Dolby Vision, HDR, ATMOS, YCC Output color(fixed) and more. https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2018/03/10/microsoft-fixes-xbox-ones-last-big-4k-blu-ray-player-picture-bugs/#70cfa0292f55 The Xbox One S and 1X are now full featured blu-ray players that only the most expensive players would be better and then not by much. When you factor in all the other stuff you can do with an XBOX, it is really a easy choice to pick one up.

  • Most people dont know what you can actually do with a shield TV. Its the best of the best. And with playing games and 4k 60fps.. its just that much sweeter. People mention app stores and how the shield does not have certain things. That tells me right there you dont know how to use a shield. I have not looked in the app store since i bought it. And i have everything imaginable. 🤣

  • I can't tell the difference between 4K and 1080.

    But. Shield wins. Gaming, streaming, casting, everything.

  • You noticed how many times he pickup the box and kept touching it.
    You know what they say one you go BLACK you never go back.lolooooollllll

  • This is so funny that Kodi doesn't work on the Xbox well as it was once known as Xbox media center and it only became so big because it's play everything so well

  • As a media player the Xbix doesn't even come close to the Shield, if you need an external audio receiver to play 4k content on the Xbox then that says it all, Xbox is still as shit as ever…. Didn't even realise people still used CD's in 2019 lmao… 😂😂

  • I love his channel because he reminds me of the beginning of Youtube reviewing. Basic direct info not flashy or "fashion" focus filming just a tech well informed guy giving you the advice you need. thank you for your great content.