Although we are seeing how some brands like Samsung are beginning their journey in creating their own HUD for gaming, there is no doubt that NVIDIA Shield continues to be one of the most powerful and interesting alternatives for Android TV devices, offering the best support to date.
While NVIDIA has released a few hardware updates over the years, since its original release back in 2015, the arrival of the Shield Software Experience Upgrade 9.0 It is considered as one of the biggest leaps of this «console», being updated to include Android 11 support and various other new features for all members of the Shield TV family. And it is that it is an important jump from the previous software version (maintaining the hardware, that is), which was still based on Android 9, jumping directly over to Android 10.
Thus, as the company itself has detailed in its latest statement, this new update will bring with it the following improvements:
- Compatible with aptX-compliant Bluetooth headsets
- Option to automatically disconnect Bluetooth devices while idle
- Updated Gboard (Google keyboard) with voice search support
- Updated privacy features, including support for granting “this time only” permission when using an app
- Android Security Patch Level September 2021
- New power saving settings to customize power options
- 4K HDR game support when using NVIDIA GeForce Now RTX 3080 Cloud Gaming
- Stadia button support for Xbox, PlayStation, and Shield paired game controllers
- Google Play Movies & TV app now supports Dolby Vision HDR
- 4K Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support for the Apple TV + app
- More new and updated apps
And thanks to Shield, we can turn our TV into a powerful gaming platform equivalent to a next-generation PC with a GeForce RTX 3080, unlocking 4K HDR graphics as well as immersive 7.1 surround sound. In addition, the platform has updated its compatibility with third parties, allowing to play and broadcast on Twitch simultaneously in high quality; In addition to adding additional support for Bluetooth keyboards and mice, which add to its extensive list of peripherals such as Xbox One and Series X controllers, PS5 and PS5, and Scuf controllers.
Currently we can find the current generation NVIDIA Shield available under a price of 159.99 euros, as well as its NVIDIA Shield Pro version with higher performance, memory and storage, whose price will rise slightly to 219 euros.