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SHIELD Update Brings App2SD, Improved Miracast Streaming and Support for Additional PC Game Titles


SHIELD owners can start to download the newest update from NVIDIA, update 59, which brings a good list of added features and other enhancements for the gaming console. Gamers can now move games and app data from the device’s internal storage to a microSD card, which should help you store even more fun things to do on your unit. In addition, Miracast got a bump in performance with the intro of Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro software, letting you better stream your titles right to the TV.

Get a full look at the changelog down below. 

What’s New:

  • Move game and app data files from SHIELD’s internal storage to an SD Card.
  • Improved Miracast streaming with the Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro.
  • Improved PC Streaming stability, gamepad detection, and Wi-Fi performance.
  • Support for additional PC games including FIFA 13, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, DIRT 3, Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition and Resident Evil: Revelations; bringing the number of officially supported titles to 31.
  • Added support for Tegra developer tools: CPU sampling profiler (Tegra Profiler) and GPU analysis (PerfHUD ES).

Anyone here enjoying their SHIELD?


  • Philip A. Kaiser

    This might be a great niche device but I just don’t get it. Not being a smartass but when I think of portable, I think of something I can put in my pocket. (aka gameboy, PSP, even a small tablet or phone) If it is not portable, I have a 60 inch plasma that handles my games just fine. Like I said, not knocking it, I just don’t get it. For $300 you get a game controller attached to a mini android tablet? For you guys that love it, have a blast. For me, I will pass.

    • Will Frame

      That’s a valid point. The Vita is definitely more pocketable. But a Vita will run you over $300, even after the price drop (the proprietary memory cards are stupid expensive) and the games will still run you close to $40 each, where Android games range from $.99 – $4.99.

      I hooked mine up to my 50″ LED TV using a Mini HDMI and it’s like playing Xbox. Really cool experience overall, but definitely niche.

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        See, that’s a perspective I didn’t think about, HDMI out. Wouldn’t mind a little console type gaming while traveling without lugging the console with me.

        • Rob

          There is a slight lag when outputting to an HDTV, but it might be the cable I’m using isn’t the fastest. But it’s manageable for most games.

          • Will Frame

            In my testing, there has never been lag through the cable.

  • Will Frame

    Love all the ignorant comments on every shield post. People declaring they didn’t buy one, complaining about the price, etc.

    Have you actually tried one? What is the basis for your hate? No one needs you to declare your intention to remain Shield free in the comments. No one cares.

    As to those who claim that it’s not worth the money: Really? The hardware alone justifies the price. This is basically a smartphone without a radio and an Xbox Controller built in. Xbox controller – $50 – $60. Cheapest possible smartphone with comparable specs – Nexus 4, now ~$200, and it won’t even come close to benchmarking like the Tegra 4 with respect to games. How much should it cost? Each Moto X cost $221 to assemble and it has inferior hardware. Is the company not supposed to turn a profit?

    You’re welcome to not like a product. But spouting off how worthless it is when you’ve never even held one is ignorance. The PS Vita is probably the closest competitor and they just finally dropped the price on that and the games are still $20-$40 each AND you need a super expensive, proprietary memory card, not to mention the actual specs are inferior to the shield.

    Seriously, do some math and use some common sense before you spout off, or don’t waste comment space.

    • Adrynalyne

      You keep talking about all these other devices with inferior hardware. However, all these “inferior devices” are powerful enough to run the same games…
      This whole idea of moar powah in hardware just for the sake of benchmarks is typical of the Android community. It is getting old.
      I admire your enthusiasm, but stifling negative comments just so someone can hear the good ones is a little one-sided and gives a completely inaccurate overview of device shortcomings, whether it is price, ecosystem, whatever.
      Oh and welcome to the Internet, where not everyone agrees with you 😉

      • Missed Point

        I think you missed his point. Everyone was bitching about the Moto X because it supposedly has”mid-range” specs but they’re asking $200-$250 on contract and ~$600 off contract. Everyone whined wanting Snapdragon 800 specs for $300 off contract.

        So here’s a $300 device running top tier specs equivalent or better than the superphone everyone hoped the Moto X would be for $300-$350 off contract. It’s powerful enough to be future proofed for at least 1 year, and even includes a good controller. So here’s a “super Android device” for $300 but now people complaint it’s too expensive.

        Consider even the HTC One and S4. No one complains about paying $500-$600 for off-contract price of those phones. What is really the difference between them? The Shield and the phones can perform the same functions, except one makes phone calls and the other has a built-in controller. One can control your TV and the other can stream Steam games to the TV.

        Also consider nVidia has always targeted the high end gamer first, mid-range second. They would have grabbed all their usual hardcore fan base with the products original price at $350 anyway. At $300 they’ll just dip a little into slightly large customer pool.

        In the end, for what you’re getting, $300 is a great price. Even reviewers are saying the same thing. And no, I actually don’t have one. But I would be willing to buy one at $300.

        • Will Frame

          Thank you. Someone gets it.

        • Adrynalyne

          I think you missed my point. He hinged his entire thread on allegedly inferior devices and harped on how powerful Shield is. It doesn’t matter if the power isn’t needed. As well, the other devices demand a premium, not because they are more expensive to make, but because they are infinitely more useful. Niche devices will always suffer scrutiny, whether Will wants it to happen or not.

          • Will Frame

            I have no investment in this product and no real bias either way. I bought one out of curiosity, but I don’t play many games.

            I’m just sick of people posting comments bashing a product they know nothing about or discounting something completely simply because it doesn’t interest them.

            Hardware does matter. You can improve the software of a device after launch, but you’re stuck with the hardware as is. A less powerful device will always be constrained by it’s specs and the games will suffer as a result.

            You’re claiming that devices with inferior hardware (such as the Vita) can run the same games. Assuming that a similar game can be found on both platforms, the Vita has a lower resolution screen (qHD vs HD) and 1/4th the RAM. You’re saying that won’t factor in? That the Shield version can’t potentially look better and perform better? In that case, I guess there’s no need for an Xbox One or PS4 this year. Might as well stick with the old consoles.

          • Adrynalyne

            No, I was referring to the Android hardware. I would not consider the Vita, which is equally a niche device.

          • Rob

            I thought Will’s point was you are getting a lot for your money and people are forgetting that, not how inferior everything else is hardware wise.

          • Adrynalyne

            He is saying you get a lot for your money, pointing out how others spend more for “inferior” hardware. However, said inferior hardware is powerful enough to do what Shield does, and has a lot more usefulness. Niche devices cannot be valued by hardware alone, IMO.

    • JDub

      The shear lack of comments on any of these Shield posts and the polls they have taken should give you a good clue as to where this device stands in the market place. While saying the device is overpriced may not be the best choice of words, the Shield is definitely an undesirable item to most. We have all the info we need to make a conscious decision on whether or not we want one or are even interested in one. I would assume that anyone that was interested is going to pursue it further and check it out in store.

      To say we lack the common sense is ridiculous to say the least. Water is worth more than gold to a man dying of thirst. The comments are here to talk about the topic in the article. Whether they are negative or not is beside the point. If you have a problem with that basic concept I would say you should leave your comment bashing out of it as well, but not all of us have your mindset. You are free to do as you wish and that shouldn’t be a problem for anyone.

      • Will Frame

        I’m not saying that people can’t make up their mind that they don’t want it without trying one, if you’re not in the market for anything like it. I hardly ever play games on my phones or tablets, so I’m not really the target audience, but I bought one because I was curious about the hardware and I find that it’s a very solid product.

        If, however, you’re in the market for a portable gaming console and you’re discounting this one on price without trying it, you’re doing yourself a disservice. That was my main point. That, and half the comments are “this thing is stupid” from people who have never even looked at one in person or held it. It’s not. It’s a very nice product and I don’t see how the price could be much cheaper without Nvidia losing money.

  • Charlie R.

    I took the plunge and do not regret it a bit. I had some Gamestop credit that I had built up so I went ahead and got one. The 16gb of storage was my only issue, so this update will help with that tremendously.

    This device is without a doubt one of the nicest pieces of hardware I’ve ever used. I can stream just about every game in my Steam library, OnLive titles and play tons of great Android games. And they all just work. There is no hassle with mapping controls, hooking up controllers or messing with bluetooth controllers. (The game itself has to have controller support though.) The Tegra 4 is also incredibly quick, efficient and battery life is great. It cost a little more than it should, but as a gamer I’ve had no regrets.

    • JDub

      Would you have still bought it if you didn’t have the store credit?

      • Charlie R.

        Without getting hands-on time with it before hand, probably not. I think there are some stores that have demo units, but only around 20 out of hundreds of stores. I think if people could get some hands-on time, they might sell a bit better.

      • Rob

        I bought one without any credit whatsoever (i.e. full price) and I am very pleased. No remorse or regrets here.

  • JDub

    I see they are still paying to advertise this overpriced item. I guess a man has to eat.

  • Michael Nyitrai

    oh this thing is real!?

  • WAldenIV

    I’m enjoying the $250 I didn’t spend on one.

  • panicswhenubered

    Anyone here have a SHIELD?

    Seriously. All my friends, me included, think it’s not worth the price.

    • I’ve been using Tato’s for a month now. It’s really great and I’ve enjoyed the experience. Android games with controller support are a joy to play and streaming from the PC is another interesting experience on its own.

    • Rob

      Yes, and it is easily my most favorite gadget purchase in the last… oh I don’t know, 3 years? More so than my S3 (from a Droid 3 at that!), Transformer Prime (that was sold for the SHIELD), and TV. I just love sittin’ back and playing GTA or some SNES and N64 games.