SHIELD Update Unlocks Support for Thousands More Android Games

by Jason Paul

There’s no way to match the visceral thrill of taking command of a game with a console-quality controller.

That’s why we’ve unleashed a massive update to our SHIELD gaming portable that allows gamers to use SHIELD to take control of thousands more Android games originally designed for touch screens. And that’s just one of the big new features crammed into our latest software update, available now.

Fans of big-screen gaming and entertainment can check out the new Console Mode, which turns SHIELD into a portable living room game console. PC enthusiasts will be thrilled to know PC streaming, now called NVIDIA GameStream, has officially launched. Our over-the-air update also brings Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to SHIELD.

And then there’s SHIELD Gamepad Mapper – which turns touch-based Android games into ones that can be enjoyed with SHIELD’s console-quality controls.

SHIELD Is Your “Play-ground”

The biggest question marks with any gaming device are always around quantity and quality of the games. Google Play’s massive ecosystem of games meant SHIELD had a leg up on traditional consoles. And while almost every touch-based game on Google Play was playable using SHIELD’s touchscreen, they weren’t able to take full advantage of SHIELD’s capabilities.

But we’re changing the game.

You can now play your favorite touch games with SHIELD’s physical controls using the new SHIELD Gamepad Mapper. Create your own custom controls for thousands of games on Google Play, or use NVIDIA’s default profiles now available for hundreds of top Android games, making everything from “NBA Jam” to “Temple Run” playable on SHIELD’s console-grade controller.  The default profiles are automatically downloaded from the cloud so you can just launch your game and play.

Console Mode

Console Mode transforms your portable SHIELD into a full living room gaming and entertainment experience on your big-screen TV. Simply pair up a Bluetooth controller and sit back on your couch and play Android games, browse the web, and watch your favorite movies all in native HD at 1080p.   Best of all, NVIDIA GameStream is Console Mode-ready. So you’ll be able to stream your PC games to – and enjoy them on – the big screen.

Console Mode has been optimized to work and play with Nyko’s PlayPad Pro wireless Bluetooth controller.

Latest, Greatest and More of It

With SHIELD updated to Android 4.3, users get a range of new features, such as restricted profiles, expandable and actionable notifications, and improvements that make everything feel even more fluid, fast and smooth.

Finally, the software update expands SHIELD’s support for moving select game and app files to SD cards, now allowing gamers to move both .OBB and .APK files to SD, freeing up more of SHIELD’s internal storage.

Drop the BETA

NVIDIA GameStream improves the streaming experience, putting PC games in the palm of your hand. It’s optimized for game-speed Wi-Fi with ultra-low latency and now up to 60 frames per second. GameStream coupled with Console Mode means you can now play PC games on your big screen TV in 720p without having to drag your PC into the living room.

PC streaming officially supports more than 50 of the best PC games, including 2013 blockbuster holiday releases such as “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.”

To celebrate the official release of GameStream, for a limited time NVIDIA will offer up to $100 off SHIELD plus free copies of “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Splinter Cell: Blacklist” and “Batman: Arkham Origins” with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards. We recommend all users upgrade to a GameStream-Ready Wi-Fi router.

Starting today, select resellers and system builders will be offering the bundle – be sure to check for a list of participating partners.

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UPDATE: A Nyko PlayPad Pro Firmware Update may be required for compatibility with SHIELD Console Mode.  Please contact Nyko customer support if you need assistance in updating your firmware.