Original NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gets Huge 5.0 Update to Android Nougat With Amazon Video, More (Updated)

UPDATE: Well, we have an interesting change here. It appears as if NVIDIA originally posted the 5.0 update changelog to the 2015 SHIELD TV release notes page, but should have posted it on a new page for the new 2017 SHIELD TV. As you can see from their release notes pages here, the 5.0 update is no longer listed on the 2015 SHIELD TV page, yet it is now listed on the 2017 model page. At this point, that means we don’t know when the SHIELD TV (2015) is getting the update to 5.0. However, 2017 models should be getting the update almost right out of the box.

UPDATE 2: NVIDIA says to expect the update for current SHIELD TV (2015) devices in the next week or so.


On the eve of the launch of the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017), NVIDIA has pushed out an update to the original SHIELD TV (2015), an update that bumps the ultimate streaming device to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update isn’t just an OS change, though. It brings so much more, including a bunch of stuff scheduled to be a part of the new SHIELD’s launch, like Amazon Video.

With the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, NVIDIA is including picture-in-picture support, a new settings menu, and an option I needed a year ago – recent apps page. Other related enhancements include a pause/play button by double tapping the volume slider, ability to write to an attached USB or SD card, a cast option for HBO GO, and support for 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1 Plex speaker configurations.  (more…)

#TBT: NVIDIA Announces Project SHIELD at CES 2013

At CES 2013, NVIDIA held a press conference. At the end of the event, the company announced a surprise product, Project SHIELD. For those not in the know, SHIELD is a portable gaming machine powered by Android, complete with a flip-up display, console-quality controller buttons, and nice speakers. Back then, before there was a whole lineup of SHIELD devices, this was the only SHIELD. With all of the tablets and Android TV boxes now available, the name has changed to SHIELD Portable, but to me, it’s still just SHIELD.  (more…)

Supposed NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2016) Hits the FCC, Along With Updated SHIELD Controller

According to a FCC filing made public, NVIDIA may launch an updated SHIELD Android TV console this year. Listed in the documents, the console carries a model number of P2897, but due to confidentiality requests from NVIDIA, not much else is known. Inside the filing, but not viewable by the public, everything you might want to see is inside, including user manuals, external photos, and test set-up photos.

Even though we can’t see what it is exactly, we can make a pretty educated guess. Listed under the labeling portion, we see that the device is definitely rectangular in shape, and that the console features 802.11ac WiFi. Officially, the equipment is labeled as the SHIELD Android TV Game Console.  (more…)

Many Games for NVIDIA SHIELD Devices on Sale Through Google Play

A total of ten games designed specifically for NVIDIA SHIELD devices are on sale via Google Play, some of which are listed at 50% off. To get the list started, as it is a pretty exciting list, is Doom 3: BFG Edition for $5 and Super Meat Boy for $7.49. If that isn’t good enough for you, try Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for $5 or Parallax for $2.49.

On the downside, these games won’t be compatible for everyone. To play them, you will need a SHIELD device, such as a SHIELD Android TV or SHIELD Tablet. If you have one of those, you are in business.

Check out the full list below.  (more…)

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again, Q*Bert’s Back, for NVIDIA SHIELD

My hope is that the above headline was read to the melody of Eminem’s hit song “Without Me.” What a classic. You know what else is classic? Q*Bert is classic. To be completely honest, which is something we always strive for, I did not play Q*Bert as a child. I was born later in the 20th century, meaning by the time I was playing video games, I was on the SEGA Genesis. From what I know, there was no Q*Bert, or at least not any popular title utilizing the character of Q*Bert.

Moving right along, a new Q*Bert game called Q*Bert Rebooted is available on Google Play this morning for $6, made specifically for owners of the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV box and SHIELD Tablets. For fans of the original Q*Bert titles, I think you will be quite happy with this release. The game features classic arcade action, in addition to 30+ 3D rebooted levels to play through.  (more…)

Borderlands 2 Hits Google Play for Select NVIDIA SHIELD Devices, Priced at $15

The day has finally come, although, somewhat unfittingly because one of the people who would appreciate this announcement the most is no longer writing for us. Eric, this means you. Borderlands 2, the sequel to Borderlands, is now available for the SHIELD Android TV and SHIELD Tablet from NVIDIA. Talk of Borderlands 2 for Android began in 2012, and funny enough, Eric actually wrote that post.

The Borderlands 2 title you will now find on Google Play is exactly the same as you would see on the gaming console inside of your home. You will be leading a team of misfit companions, using unique strengths and weapons to take on Handsome Jack in the world of Pandora. Of course, all of the same loot, weapons, and Relics are available for your usage.  (more…)