(Correction) NVIDIA SHIELD TV Preparing for Android Nougat as New SHIELD TV (2017) Releases
UPDATE: This story incorrectly stated that the update had been released, when it was actually in preparation for a rollout in the following weeks. The article has been amended.
NVIDIA is preparing to update their SHIELD TV from 3.3 to 5.0, running Android 7.0 Nougat, in the coming weeks This upgrade will bring with it several useful improvements, with the central changes coming in the form the NVIDIA Games application, which now supports the company’s recently announced GeForce NOW game streaming subscription service.
The new Games app replaces the SHIELD Hub and could potentially be a boon for those who are interested in playing modern titles but lack the console or gaming PC otherwise required. GeForce NOW will allow SHIELD TV users to stream games from the cloud with the performance of up to what’d you’d expect from a dedicated GTX 1080 setup.
Equally exciting for couch gamers are the improvements coming to GameStream, which allows a dedicated PC to stream games to the SHIELD. GameStream will now be capable of outputting 4K and HDR content and has also been optimized for smoother, lower latency streaming.
The 5.0 Upgrade will also bring the expected Android Nougat optimizations and features. This includes a refreshed UI with a better Recent Apps page accessed by double-pressing the home button, a slicker settings menu, and support for picture-in-picture video playback thanks to Nougat’s multi-window multitasking capabilities, and more! Other smaller improvements coming with the update include the ability to write to attached USB and SD storage and the ability to now use cast features with HBO GO. Support for Amazon Video in up to 4K HDR can now be taken advantage of, as well.
The update is expected to arrive in the following weeks.
All of this comes right alongside the release of a new NVIDIA SHIELD TV, upgraded for 2017 with a smaller profile and a lighter chassis for the regular model. The internals are the same, though, so it won’t be any faster nor any better at the key features, except for the new remote control and gamepad. You can buy the regular version (16GB) for $199 or the Pro version (500GB) for $299 (starting January 30).