NVIDIA rolls out Update 2.0 to Shield TV, brings 4K gaming and other enhancements


NVIDIA has had a busy couple of days, its Shield Android TV box landing in the UK today, with the 16GB variant priced at £149 and the 500GB Pro version going for £229. Yesterday, NVIDIA also announced its new video game streaming service called GeForce NOW, with a £7.49 ($7.99) monthly subscription. And today, firmware update 2.0 is also busy rolling out to the Shield TV, bringing 4K gaming and other improvements.

Thanks to the 2.0 update, the following games can now be rendered in glorious 4K resolution, with NVIDIA working with developers to enable the function on other titles:

  • Beach Buggy Racing
  • Bombsquad
  • Hardwood Solitaire IV
  • Riptide GP 2
  • Kosmik Revenge
  • Video Poker Duel
  • Leo’s Fortune
  • Machinarium
  • Meltdown
  • Never Alone
  • Samurai II
  • Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders

On the media front, the Shield TV now has pass-through support for:

  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio lossless audio
  • MPEG2, VC-1, WMV9 hardware-acceleration
  • M2TS, ASF, WMV container support for VC-1
  • WMA audio support (including WMA Pro and WMA Lossless)
  • 23.976 Hz playback support
  • Overscan adjustment

The update also includes:

  • Enhanced video playback for Netflix and YouTube
  • Ability to transfer files from USB attached storage to a MicroSD card using the ES File Explorer app
  • Option to manually turn off the SHIELD controller by holding the Nvidia button on the controller for six seconds
  • Lowers audio latency for gameplay by 40ms compared to standard Android TV OS

It’s quite the update, and one that should be hitting the Shield TV via OTA sometime today if it isn’t available already.

Source: NVIDIA

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He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).