NVIDIA Launches Nougat Software Upgrade, 4K HDR Support For Existing SHIELD TV Owners

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At CES 2017, NVIDIA launched its next generation SHIELD TV, which it claims has three times the compute performance of garden variety media streamers on the market and can interface with the Google Assistant. In addition, the new SHIELD TV has support for Spot, which are tiny microphone-equipped devices that you can scatter throughout your house (similar in concept to the Amazon Echo Dot).
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The new NVIDIA Shield TV is also running Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0. Thankfully, NVIDIA hasn’t forgotten about existing Shield TV owners, as it today announced that Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0, which is based on Android 7.0 Nougat, is now available for legacy devices. As an aside, it’s a bit amusing that the Shield TV is receiving Nougat faster than some smartphones that are still running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. 

It should be noted, however, that the major OS update isn’t the only thing new for existing Shield TV owners. Amazon Video now supports 4K HDR streaming, and the new NVIDIA Games app gives users a new way to discover gaming titles that are optimized for the Shield TV. You can also use the app to access GeForce NOW (which has recently been upgraded to support GeForce GTX 1080 cloud gaming) and NVIDIA GameStream titles.

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Shield TV now has the ability to stream live video footage from your Nest Cams thanks to a newly upgraded Nest app. The Nest Aware functionality will even give you access to your video history straight from your Shield TV console.

The Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0 is available right now for Shield TV owners, and you should be able to perform the update by hitting up the Settings menu on your console.