Thanking You, SHIELD Fans, with Your 20th Software Upgrade

by Brian Choi

To our loyal SHIELD fans,

When we launched SHIELD TV, we made a promise to support your device with frequent and meaningful updates.

Over the years, a lot has changed. You’ve given us countless pieces of feedback which have helped make SHIELD devices what they are. And we can’t thank you enough.

What we can do is this: continue to honor that promise and deliver another upgrade and more features without asking you to purchase new hardware.

Our first SHIELD tweet
(Our first tweet. It feels like just yesterday.)
Today, we released the 20th software upgrade since we launched way back in 2015, SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 7.1.

Our latest update brings a host of new features, improvements and the return of one community favorite.

The new GeForce NOW beta arrived a few months ago, and just like SHIELD, we’re regularly improving the service. This update brings in-game voice chat support for communicating in top titles like Fortnite and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. You can now connect a headset and mic to the SHIELD controller 3.5mm jack.

Smoother, more accurate mouse movements, keyboard shortcuts and a Keyboard and Mouse Games row on GeForce NOW are among the keyboard and mouse experience improvements for PC favorites like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

You’re also getting more day-and-date releases, including Monster Hunter World and F1 2018, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider just days away.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
(Just raidin’ some tombs. NBD.)
One prominent piece of feedback we’ve received is that the process of logging in to services on SHIELD, well, could be easier. Well, we listened! We present to you the NVIDIA SHIELD TV app, a virtual keyboard and mouse companion that significantly cuts down on login frustrations. Download it for Android from the Google Play Store or iOS.

NVIDIA Share, the feature that allows you to capture screenshots, record game highlights and stream your gameplay to Twitch, is making its triumphant return. It can be enabled within the NVIDIA Share menu in System > Settings.

NVIDIA Share is back
(We’re bringing sharing back.)
The update also comes with 120Hz modes for supported TVs and monitors; as well as additional methods for power off, restart and sleep.

So download and install another upgrade for your SHIELD, adding to an impressive list that includes:
Google Assistant with hands-free control and Samsung SmartThings; the new GeForce NOW beta service; HDR support for NVIDIA GameStream, and in top apps like Netflix and Prime Video; the ability to watch and record live TV with Plex; the best YouTube experience with YouTube TV, YouTube 360 and YouTube Kids; support in the Amazon ecosystem with Amazon Music via Cast; support in the Apple ecosystem with iTunes Movies available in the Movies Anywhere app and iTunes Music available in the Google Music Manager; three operating system upgrades and a brand new UI; and thousands of new apps and games.

All for free. It’s just our way of saying, thank you.

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