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If you're a SHIELD early adopter, you may want to head into the settings menu and grab the latest update – it's a good one. Update 59 brings improved PC streaming stability, along with support for more PC Games, like FIFA 13, Call of Jaurez: Gunslinger, Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition, and several other. There are now 31 officially supported PC titles. Not bad.

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Aside from that, it also adds support for Tegra developer tools and possibly the most anticipated feature: the ability to move apps to the SD Card. Before you get excited about that, however, it's worth noting that, due to limitations within Android, the feature can only move the apk – app data will stay in SHIELD's local storage. Considering most apks aren't very large (up to 50MB in size), it's hard to say how much data this will actually free up. Of course, the Galaxy S 4 suffers from the same issue – as I've already said, this is a technical limitation within Android, thus no manufacturer will be able to override the system.

The update should be available on all SHIELD units now, so go ahead a grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • hurrpancakes

    Has anyone used the Actiontec ScreenBeam?

  • Bilbo

    I really want one of these but since it doesn't (yet) support mobile CPUs (even new ones) can't really justify the price.

    • charles anderson

      I don't think its possible with the current lineup of gtxm boards because they are lacking the streaming codec ...on a side note this this thing is sweet I have a super gaming rig and this thing is the perfect compliment ...only problem I have with it is some games are very hit and miss when it comes to working but even as a stand alone package I have had more fun with the shield than either my vita or 3ds its a little workhorse in my opinion

      • renz

        Any kepler based gpu have NVENC inside them. For mobile gpu that would be gtx660m with gk107. Not sure about gk208 though.

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      I don't even have a GTX650 or better card and I still love and play the shit out of my SHIELD. I was playing Chrono Trigger on my lunch break today. Yes, I also have the Android version of CT but it doesn't support controls (at least the last time I checked).

      And with RetroArch I'm able to save my exact progress at any time with any game. Right now I'm in the middle of some level on Super Mario World and the first place you go in Chrono Trigger after actually starting the game - the future.

      • Alan Shearer

        My xperia play does those emulators, and smaller, I WIN :P

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

          Except your battery on your phone is drained after and mine's not. And who the fuck would ever prefer on screen keys versus physical? And how do you play games on N64? Don't the buttons take up a shitload of space? And I can output my video and sound to a TV... and the speakers are better than yours... and.... and... yeah, no way any phone is better at gaming than the SHIELD, especially regarding emulators.

          • Alan Shearer

            Touch buttons, sir, do you even know what the xperia play is?

            And I find your use of the f word a little sad, and very fucking annoying to my fucking ears! :P

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            Ahh, that phone? I didn't immediately think of it until you pointed it out... No, I'm not jealous. 2+ year old phone, battery is less than half that of the Shield, 25% of the RAM, 2.5% the amount of internal storage, 1 Ghz single core processor... nope, would definitely not prefer the Xperia Play. Now, if you're using it only for emulators, great, good for you. But using it for anything else would suuuuuck. Not the same with the SHIELD. Honestly, there really shouldn't even be a comparison except they have buttons to play emulators with.

          • Alan Shearer

            Rob, did you not realize yet i have not been serious in any of my posts?

  • GraveUypo

    did this shield thing flop in the end?
    never heard of it again after the release.

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