At CES 2017, NVIDIA launched it’s brand new SHIELD TV with refreshed hardware and a ton of new software improvements. Despite that, it still runs on top of the same specs as the original, which means a simple software upgrade brings users of the original SHIELD up to date with the new model.
Android Nougat brings along all of NVIDIA’s big improvements, most importantly including support for 4K HDR and Amazon Video. Needless to say, it’s a pretty big upgrade for users of the original SHIELD.
Although the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV is pretty nice, it comes at a price of $199. But for those of you who like to save some money where ever you can, we have good news for you: the 2015 SHIELD TV is on sale at Amazon for $169. And as a bonus — the Nougat update is already rolling out for that version! While you’ll still get the older controller, this is a solid buy for anyone looking to check out NVIDIA’s latest streaming box.
The Nougat update that is rolling out for the 2015 model has plenty of new features that we’ve listed below:
Get the NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2015)Source: NVIDIA
Stream thousands of popular movies and TV shows in up to 4K HDR. Watch exclusive Amazon originals like The Grand Tour with an Amazon Prime Membership.
NVIDIA Games App
NVIDIA Games is the new way to find and play a huge library of amazing games on SHIELD. Here, you can access GeForce NOW games, exclusive Android games, and NVIDIA GameStream games. Plus, all the games that you install or play will now show up in the games row on the SHIELD home screen. NVIDIA Games replaces the former SHIELD Hub app and its associated home screen tiles (SHIELD games, GeForce NOW, and GameStream). This update will be a staged rollout and will happen over the next few weeks via app update on the Google Play Store.
GeForce NOW Performance Upgrade
Now, you can instantly play on-demand PC games with performance up to GeForce GTX 1080 gaming graphics in the cloud.
GameStream in 4K HDR
NVIDIA GameStream has been upgraded to provide 4K HDR, as well as smoother, lower-latency streaming. Play your library of PC games and enjoy direct access to Steam Big Picture from the Steam app.
View live video from your Nest Cams with the new Nest app on SHIELD. With Nest Aware, you can even watch each camera’s video history.
SHIELD welcomes the NFL app, the new Twitter for TV app, Comedy Central, Vimeo, and Viki.
Android 7.0 Nougat Upgrade
- SHIELD just got upgraded to Google’s latest Android 7.0 operating system. Enhanced features include:
- Recent apps page: Double-press the home button to quickly access recent apps.
- Picture-in-picture support: Try it out today in supported apps like Live Channels.
- New settings menu: Enjoy quicker navigation with the new right-side vertical settings menus.
- Added Pause/Play button functionality on the SHIELD remote by double-tapping on the volume slider.
- Added ability to write to attached USB or SD card storage.
- Added 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1 speaker configurations for Plex.
- Enabled cast for HBO GO.