Nvidia upgrades its 2015 Shield console to Android 7.0 Nougat

January 17, 2017 // 10:42 a.m.

Tags: #android-70 #android-70-nougat #android-nougat #micro-console #nougat #nvidia-shield #shield #shield-tv

Nvidia has officially launched the Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0 for its eponymous Android-powered micro-console, bringing the same software functionality to its 2015-era devices as its new Shield TV.

Announced earlier this month, Nvidia's Shield TV enjoys an aesthetic upgrade and considerably newer software than its predecessor courtesy of an upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat. Internally, though, the hardware remains unchanged from the console Nvidia launched back in 2015 as the Shield - and now owners of the device's original under-TV incarnation can enjoy the same shiny new software as someone picking up the refreshed revision.

Launched to 2015-era Shield micro-console owners late last night, the Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0 upgrades the device's underlying operating system to Android 7.0 Nougat, just like the Shield TV. The upgrade also brings improved performance to the GeForce Now cloud gaming client while adding Ultra HD 4K resolution support to the GameStream and Amazon Video clients. Nvidia has also confirmed partnerships with the NFL, Twitter, Comedy Central, Vimeo, and Viki to add new media apps to the platform, alongside a Nest app for streaming from the company's smart security cameras.

Other improvements added as part of the update include the ability to pause and play through the Shield remote by double-tapping on the volume slider, improved support for expanding the console's storage via USB or SD cards, a picture-in-picture mode, and an app switcher accessed via double-tapping the home button. Plex users also gain support for 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1-channel speaker configurations for the first time.

The Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0 is being rolled out now via an automatic over-the-air update, Nvidia has confirmed.
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