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Dec
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So far NVIDIA has been making good on its promise of regular updates for its SHIELD portable gaming console, and this month is no different. Update 65 is rolling out now, and it brings a handful of new enhancements to some of SHIELD's flagship features, like Gamepad Mapper and Gamestream. Before we get into the details, here's a look at the full changelog:

GAMESTREAM improvements

  • Stream from your PC at up to 1080p @ 60 FPS in Console Mode when using Ethernet (via micro USB Ethernet adapter).
  • Improved PC streaming quality at 720p @ 60 FPS and Wi-Fi performance.

Gamepad Mapper improvements

  • New community profiles BETA feature – ability to share, browse, and rate gamepad mapping profiles.
  • Ability to map gyro simulation to analog thumbsticks with new “motion sensor” feature.
  • Improved right thumbstick features for first person perspective games that use touch swipes to look around.
  • New “accelerated cursor” option for joystick mouse mode.

Full-screen mode updates

  • Option to auto-hide status bar.
  • View status bar with a swipe down from the top of the screen.
  • Enable option from Settings > Display.

The biggest improvement probably comes to Gamestream, which can now stream some games at full 1080p in console mode. The catch, of course, is that it requires the use of an ethernet adapter; otherwise, only a handful of games are supported at the moment: Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Crysis 3, and Skyrim. If all those requirements are met, then streaming PC games to your TV isn't just a dream anymore – it's something that can actually happen. That's sweet.

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Past that, Gamepad Mapper also sees some considerable improvements, including the launch of community profiles, which will allow users to share their custom mappings. As of this update, gyro simulation will also be mappable to the analog thumbsticks using a feature called "motion sensor." FPS games that use touch swipes to look around are also improved with this update, which is something that definitely needed to be tweaked.

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One of the other big additions in this update (which isn't in the changelog) is support for NVIDIA GRID. This now-included app will allow users near NVIDIA's Northern California cloud gaming servers to stream PC games to their SHIELD. That's pretty huge... and it makes me wish I lived in Northern California. Anyone looking for a roommate?

GRID is also available in the Play Store, though it's only compatible with SHIELD and Tegra Note at the moment. Head here to check it out.

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Finally, there are some fullscreen features along for the ride, which will allow the status bar to be auto-hidden. It can then be brought back with a swipe down from the top of the screen – a lot like KitKat's immersive mode feature.

Update 65 should be on its way out now – head into Settings > About SHIELD > System updates to pull it down on your device. 

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. 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- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Mr E

    This is shaping up to be pretty nice. The "look around" option for android games could be cool if it works well. I'm still not completely sold this is a significantly better solution than one of the various gampepads out there + your phone to justify the cost, but the PC streaming is the big draw for me. Unfortunately I don't have a GTX card to take advantage of it.

  • Craig M

    My Shield is being delivered on the 4th, and it's good to see nVidia is delivering new features to the device. I can't wait.

  • Sarkie

    Pretty sure Valve are licensing this from Nvidia for the Steam Boxes, so all these improvements are good for when that comes out.

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    Any indication if they will be releasing their own GameStream ethernet adapter? I'm considering get this more and more, or the mad catz mojo (which is supposed to support gamestream as well)

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      Also, does anyone know if this works with multiplayer? Say I have a 2 player pc game, can I connect 2 bt controllers to the shield?

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    I love how nVidia keeps pumping out these updates for the Shield! When can we see KitKat? :-D

  • hurrpancakes

    Aww snap, I live in Northern California. Can't wait to get home from work to see what GRID can do!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I just got my SHIELD, and GRID streaming works amazingly well.

  • David Li

    if only they were not limited to certain graphics cards