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The Latest SHIELD Android TV Update Adds 4K Support For Photos & Videos App, Better GameStream Performance, And More

The Latest SHIELD Android TV Update Adds 4K Support For Photos & Videos App, Better GameStream Performance, And More

NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV box has only been available for a few weeks, and it's already getting its over-the-air update. This one improves a handful of the SHIELD's app functions and its accessories. Notably, software build 1.2 enables 4K output in Google's Photos & Videos app, provided of course that you have a 4K TV to view them on. According to the changelog it also improves streaming performance for both Netflix and Google Play Movies.

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Upcoming SHIELD Android TV Update Will Add MPEG-2 Codec Support For HDHomeRun Compatibility

Upcoming SHIELD Android TV Update Will Add MPEG-2 Codec Support For HDHomeRun Compatibility

More codecs are always better, especially if you're talking about a device that's (arguably) primarily for watching video. Android TV will get MPEG-2 support when the Android M build comes out - in fact you can check it out right now if you have a Nexus Player - but apparently NVIDIA doesn't want to wait. According to this forum post, an update to the new SHIELD Android TV will enable MPEG-2 codec support within a month.

Why MPEG-2 in particular? Apparently NVIDIA wants to add support for the popular HDHomeRun series of network-connected digital TV turners, which outputs directly in MPEG-2.

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Doom 3: BFG Edition, Including The Original Doom And Doom 2, Now Available For SHIELD TV And SHIELD Tablet

Doom 3: BFG Edition, Including The Original Doom And Doom 2, Now Available For SHIELD TV And SHIELD Tablet

The Doom series is perhaps one of the most iconic in gaming, so much so that it's been ported and hacked onto just about every platform and gadget imaginable. There are plenty of unofficial ways to play Doom on Android, but today owners of NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV and SHIELD Tablet (and sadly, no one else) get a chance to own the entire series in a single package. Doom 3: BFG Edition is now available on the Play Store for $10.

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This omnibus collection includes the original Doom, Doom 2, The high-end Doom 3 (originally released for the PC back in 2003), and all the expansions and extra content that the developers have created over the years, including eight new levels for Doom 3.

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Portal And Half-Life 2 Updated With Support For SHIELD Android TV

Portal And Half-Life 2 Updated With Support For SHIELD Android TV

Portal and Half-Life 2 were both launch titles for the SHIELD Portable, and to this day remain two of the best games you can play on Android. Recently, both apps got updated to support Android TV, which really only means one thing: they support the new SHIELD set-top box. That's good, because playing them on the TV is honestly one of the best ways to experience these classic FPS titles. Here's a look at the changelogs for each:

Portal

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What's New
- Android TV support
- UI improvements
- Broader localizations
- Cloud saves, achievements

Half-Life 2

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What's New
- SHIELD Android TV support
- UI improvements
- Broader localizations

While Portal got cloud saves and achievements via Google Games, it looks like HL2 may have not been so lucky.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Now Available From NVIDIA And Amazon, SHIELD Pro Coming In June

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Now Available From NVIDIA And Amazon, SHIELD Pro Coming In June

So you've read our exhaustive review of the NVIDIA SHIELD and decided that it's the Android TV device for you. Whelp, it's available for purchase right now in the US, from both NVIDIA's own store and Amazon.com. The standard 16GB SHIELD is $199.99, but it looks like the SHIELD Pro ($299.99) with its 500GB internal hard drive won't be available until June. According to the NVIDIA Store it's coming on the 3rd, while Amazon says it won't be in stock till the 12th.

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SHIELD comes with $30 of free Google Play Store credit and 90 days of Google Play Music All Access.

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NVIDIA SHIELD And SHIELD Pro Review: Easily The Best Android TV On The Market, But Don't Toss Out Your Game Consoles Just Yet

NVIDIA SHIELD And SHIELD Pro Review: Easily The Best Android TV On The Market, But Don't Toss Out Your Game Consoles Just Yet

When you hear the name "NVIDIA," the first thing that comes to mind is most likely graphics cards, or at the very least the company's Tegra chips that have been powering Android devices for several years now. Either way, it's probably not "the company that makes the killer Android TV box that's hanging out in my living room."

But after today, it honestly might be.

We've spent the last week or so playing with both the base model SHIELD and storage-laden SHIELD Pro, which at this point are unquestionably the best Android TV boxes that money can buy.

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First-Person Puzzle Game The Talos Principle Comes To The SHIELD Tablet, SHIELD TV, And Nexus 9

First-Person Puzzle Game The Talos Principle Comes To The SHIELD Tablet, SHIELD TV, And Nexus 9

This one's been waiting in the wings for quite a while. NVIDIA teased The Talos Principle, a puzzle game played out primarily in full first-person 3D, way back at the reveal of the SHIELD Tablet in July of 2014. After nearly a year of waiting (and the game's full release on the PC), it's now available exclusively for newer high-end Tegra-powered devices. According to the game's Play Store description, it's intended for the SHIELD Tablet, the Nexus 9 (equipped with a Tegra K1), and the upcoming SHIELD Android TV set-top box only. It uses either touchscreen controls or external controllers.

The Talos Principle is an introspective and somewhat philosophical puzzler created by Croteam, of all people - that's the developer of the over-the-top Serious Sam shooters.

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Shield Tablet Update 3.0 (Android 5.1) Is Rolling Out To The Wi-Fi Version Right Now [Update: LTE Too, Full ROM Links]

Shield Tablet Update 3.0 (Android 5.1) Is Rolling Out To The Wi-Fi Version Right Now [Update: LTE Too, Full ROM Links]

NVIDIA promised a 5.1 update for the Shield tablet would hit devices this month, and it looks like the company is making good. We've got numerous tips that say the update is available right now on the WiFi tablet. Head to the settings and grab it at your earliest convenience.

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NVIDIA Finally Acknowledges The 500GB SHIELD Pro, Says It Will Be Out This Month Alongside The Standard Version

NVIDIA Finally Acknowledges The 500GB SHIELD Pro, Says It Will Be Out This Month Alongside The Standard Version

It's been quite a roller coaster ride with this 500GB Shield Pro device. You can finally stop wondering if it's real or just NVIDIA trolling—it's real. NVIDIA's customer care rep on the official forums has posted a few answers about the device. It'll be hard to walk this one back if NVIDIA still wants to play coy.

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500GB NVIDIA Shield "Pro" Android TV Shows Up On Amazon, Looks Legit

500GB NVIDIA Shield "Pro" Android TV Shows Up On Amazon, Looks Legit

Remember that 500GB version of the Shield Android TV that leaked on NVIDIA's website last month? Remember how they said it wasn't a "consumer" device, but a development partner system? Well, I'm going to go ahead and call NVIDIA a bunch of lying liars who lie, because a 500GB "Shield Pro" console listing just popped up on Amazon.

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I mean, there's even a picture of the box saying "500GB Android TV" - if someone is trolling Amazon, they're doing a press-photo quality job of it, also apparently having pictures of the remote and stand in high-definition.

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