Monday, January 16, 2017

nVidia Shield TV update v5.0 adds Amazon Video, YouTube HDR and more

As promised by nVidia, the first-generation nVidia Shield TV is starting to receive software update 5.0 that adds many of the new features announced for the 2nd-gen Shield TV to the older hardware. Top on the list of additions is an Amazon Video app that, for the first time, brings all of Amazon’s streaming content to set-top box running Android TV.

The Amazon Video app on the Shield TV is a full-fledged app that gives full access to Prime Video, Amazon Channels, and more. The app’s interface looks just like the old Fire TV interface, and supports buying or renting content directly within the app using your Amazon account.

The 5.0 update also adds apps for NFL, Twitter, Comedy Central, Vimeo, and Viki, which are all also available on Fire TV devices. Not available on the Fire TV is nVidia’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming service which has received a performance increase with this latest update that now allows users to play games with up to GeForce GTX 1080 caliber gaming graphics. To make finding games a bit easier, the update has added a new nVidia Games App which lists GeForce NOW games, exclusive Android games, and GameStream titles. Those with a PC and compatible graphics card that can take advantage of nVidia GameStream can now use the Shield TV to remotely play their games in 4K HDR over their local network.

Other changes brought by the update are Android 7.0 Nougat, which brings with it a recent apps page, picture-in-picture support, and a new settings menu. Those with a Nest Cam can now also watch live video from their camera through the Shield TV.

New features in the latest update:

Amazon Video:
Stream thousands of popular movies and TV shows in up to 4K HDR. Watch exclusive Amazon originals like The Grand Tour with an Amazon Prime Membership.
NVIDIA Games App:
NVIDIA Games is the new way to find and play a huge library of amazing games on SHIELD. Here, you can access GeForce NOW games, exclusive Android games, and NVIDIA GameStream games. Plus, all the games that you install or play will now show up in the games row on the SHIELD home screen.

NVIDIA Games replaces the former SHIELD Hub app and its associated home screen tiles (SHIELD games, GeForce NOW, and GameStream). This update will be a staged rollout and will happen over the next few weeks via app update on the Google Play Store.
GeForce NOW Performance Upgrade:
Now, you can instantly play on-demand PC games with performance up to GeForce GTX 1080 gaming graphics in the cloud.
GameStream in 4K HDR:
NVIDIA GameStream has been upgraded to provide 4K HDR, as well as smoother, lower-latency streaming. Play your library of PC games and enjoy direct access to Steam Big Picture from the Steam app.
View live video from your Nest Cams with the new Nest app on SHIELD. With Nest Aware, you can even watch each camera’s video history.
More Apps:
SHIELD welcomes the NFL app, the new Twitter for TV app, Comedy Central, Vimeo, and Viki.
Android 7.0 Nougat Upgrade:
SHIELD just got upgraded to Google’s latest Android 7.0 operating system. Enhanced features include:
Recent apps page: Double-press the home button to quickly access recent apps.
Picture-in-picture support: Try it out today in supported apps like Live Channels.
New settings menu: Enjoy quicker navigation with the new right-side vertical settings menus.
Other Enhancements:
Added Pause/Play button functionality on the SHIELD remote by double-tapping on the volume slider.
Added ability to write to attached USB or SD card storage.
Added 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1 speaker configurations for Plex.
Enabled cast for HBO GO..

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