Nvidia has announced a replacement program for its Shield Pro console, though the company claims only a tiny fraction of the shipped devices are actually affected. According to the company, this recall only affects Shield Pro users who bought the 500GB version of the console, not standard users with the 16GB flavor. If you’re seeing issues with graphical corruption or unusual pauses today, in other words.
Nvidia hasn’t given any further information on what caused the issue, but has promised to replace the defective units for customers, or to work with them to secure RMAs through other retailers where it is able to do so. The company claims that less-than 1% of all units have been impacted, but also notes that the issue can “worsen over time.” If you’re seeing issues with graphical corruption or unusual pauses today, in other words, you’d best deal with the problem now before things get worse.
The timing on this particular recall is a bit awkward, given that NV prominently called out the Apple TV in a recent blog post. aggressively positioning Shield as the best all-in-one microconsole and dismissing the Apple TV as only good for people who play “Crossyroad” [sic]. (This appears to be a misspelled reference to the mobile game “Crossy Road,” which debuted for iOS late last year).