Plex is one of the most popular services for streaming your local media to a TV, but it usually requires a dedicated, always-on PC to run its server component while a player app on a separate device handles the front end. But soon that will no longer be the case for Nvidia Shield TV owners, the company announced today, with the upcoming Shield 3.2 update essentially turning it into the first all-in-one Plex box.
The Nvidia Shield TV is a fairly powerful device thanks to the quad-core 64-bit ARM chip with a 256-core Maxwell GPU that make up its Tegra X1 SoC. It also comes with 3GB of RAM and has support for hardware-accelerated video transcoding in H.264, MPEG2, and HEVC -- all of which is enough power to handle 4K video at 60fps.
The two companies are reportedly working on some finishing touches before the Shield TV firmware update lands sometime next month. It’s unclear if Plex will bring similar functionality to other streaming media players in the future.
Priced at around $180 the Android TV powered box is currently the cheapest way to get Plex in a standalone device. The base model only comes with 16GB of internal storage so you’ll need to add more via USB or over the network. The $300 Shield TV Pro includes 500GB of built in storage which should be good enough to get your library started.