Thursday, August 01, 2019

NVIDIA SHIELD Experience Upgrade 8.0 is out

NVIDIA Shield TV is possibly the Android device with the best and longest support that has ever existed, and today is available a new firmware, the NVIDIA Shield Experience 8.0, that updates the system version to Android TV 9 .0 Pie, and which in turn adds new features and updates key apps.

The SHIELD EXPERIENCE UPGRADE 8.0 brings a number of things. The most important is the Android 9 Pie upgrade, bringing a more streamlined setup and a redesigned Settings menu for all users. Whether you’re an old or new user, you will find that the interface is easy-to-use. You will notice the ‘Display and Sounds’ advanced setting are now separate into two for easier navigation.

Under Settings> Display & Sound> Advanced, you can now set color space to match the content. Volume dynamic range has been improved for Bluetooth and USB headsets. The 720p refresh rate switching on supported apps has also been enabled.

NVIDIA has added a number of new options like Bluetooth assist on the SHIELD TV remote app. You can also expect the new “Disconnect Bluetooth accessories” option on quick settings, IR power control options to customize on/off functionality, option to turn off USB power when SHIELD sleep, and option to connect to 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi network with shared SSID.


Updated streaming apps:
  • Netflix allows high quality surround sound
  • Now in SHIELD, Netflix dynamically offers Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio up to 640 kbps for sound quality that rivals professional recording studios.
  • Prime Video adds 4K Cast to SHIELD
  • Use your mobile phone to discover and broadcast your favorite Prime Video movies or TV shows directly on your SHIELD in resolutions up to 4K.
  • Twitch gets a change of image of the user interface
  • Enjoy a completely updated user interface, improved navigation and, most importantly, the ability to interact with your favorite transmitter with the on-screen keyboard.

New games:
  • GeForce NOW adds more than 20 games
  • Stream the most popular new games directly on your SHIELD with the beta version of GeForce NOW. To try GeForce NOW for free, open the NVIDIA Games app and sign up today.
  • Unknown Fate
  • This puzzle adventure for a player and first person presents a mysterious story, puzzles to solve and enemies to defeat.
  • SiNKR2
  • This minimalist puzzle game evolved from the award-winning SiNKR, offering familiar gadgets in new designs.
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon Trap
  • You are cursed in a half-human half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka Dragon and in search of a cure!

System improvements:
  • Updated advanced settings "Display and sounds" in two menus easier to navigate.
  • Added the option to match the color space of the content (Settings> Display and sound> Advanced).
  • Improved dynamic volume range for headphones connected with USB and Bluetooth.
  • The SHIELD TV remote app adds bluetooth support for pairing and improves the connection.
  • 720p refresh rate enabled in compatible applications.
  • Added the option "Disconnect Bluetooth accessories" to the quick configuration.
  • Added IR power control options to customize on / off functionality.
  • Added option to turn off USB power when SHIELD sleeps.
  • Added the option to connect to a 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi network with shared SSID.

Latest firmware versions of accessories:
  • SHIELD Controller (2017): v1.30
  • SHIELD Controller (2015): v1.96 / 99 / 3.71 / 0.32
  • SHIELD Remote (2017): v1.43
  • SHIELD Remote (2015): v.1.36

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