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Shield Android TV Update 5.1 released!

Note: If you have rooted v5.x already, you can install the OTA without any sort of rollback.  You can re-root with our guides: Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV (2017; 16GB) (Nougat) or Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV (2015; 16GB) (Nougat) or Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV Pro (Nougat)

Rumble Support for GeForce NOW

GeForce NOW joins GameStream with support for dual vibration feedback with the new SHIELD controller. Try it out today in games like Tomb Raider, ABZÛ, and LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens. 

  • Amazon Video enhancements for surround sound as well as remote control responsiveness.
  • Support for encrypted VP9 with subsampling.
  • Enhanced system performance and stability.

Shield Tablet 5.0 Update is here!

Note: 5.0 OTA installs over root; no need to roll back.  Rooting achieved; it’s okay to take the OTA.

SHIELD tablet Software Upgrade 5.0 has started rolling out to devices this morning. It’s a staggered release with the update being available to SHIELD tablets over the course of a few days to ensure stability.

This update brings support for the new controller and upgrades the Operating System to Android version 7.0 Nougat and includes new features and system enhancements:

Shield Pro with New Controller, Rechargable Remote plus new games …

SHIELD TV Pro, the most advanced streamer, delivers all the great software features announced during CES – best-in-class 4K HDR streaming, amazing games and AI home capabilities (coming soon) – and adds an internal 500GB HD. SHIELD Pro maintains the original SHIELD’s design so it also offers the microSD slot.

SHIELD Pro’s 500 GB hard drive is perfect for the built-in Plex Media Server, letting you access your media from any device and easily share it with friends and family. It’s the best solution for the most demanding power users.

The device comes bundled with the new SHIELD controller – for ambient listening when Google Assistant is available (coming soon) – and SHIELD remote (with rechargeable battery and headset jack) at the same $299 price as the original Pro model.

SHIELD Pro can be purchased from the NVIDIA Store, Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, Fry’s, and Micro Center.

Two new games are also being added to the GeForce NOW membership library:Just Cause 2 – available now, and Deus Ex Human Revolution, available next week.

The two titles build on the library of Square Enix games available to stream to SHIELD TV – including hits like Hitman: Absolution and Sleeping Dogs.

Tutorial: Root Shield TV (2015/2017; 16GB) on Android 7.0 (Nougat) is now ready!

Well here it is … our tutorial to root your OG Shield TV running Nougat.  We’re now using ADB SIDELOAD whenever possible to avoid issues with Adopted Storage.

Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV (2015; 16GB) (Nougat)

Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV (2017; 16GB) (Nougat)

Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV Pro (Nougat)

As always with our new tutorials, please let me know if you find any issues.

Shield TV 2015 edition OTA is now rolling out!

From NVidia:

As announced at CES, NVIDIA will continue the industry-leading support for SHIELD products. Current SHIELD TV (2015) owners can now download the latest update, Software Upgrade 5.0.

This update brings all the great new features to current SHIELD owners. In addition to upgrading to Android’s latest OS, Android 7.0 Nougat, major improvements have been made to SHIELD in three main areas:

Highest Performance, 4K HDR Media Streamer – SHIELD delivers the richest visual experience with support for 4K HDR and 3x the performance of any other streamer on the market. With Amazon Video in 4K HDR, SHIELD offers the largest, most open catalog of media in stunning 4K – also supporting Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies and VUDU.

Amazing Games – SHIELD stands alone among media streamers, with the widest range of gaming capabilities and richest assortment of game content. GeForce NOW has been upgraded with Pascal performance and will soon add Ubisoft’s catalog of hits, including Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, For Honor and countless others. Upcoming native game releases include Tomb Raider and Shadowgun Legends; with The Witness having launched recently. We’ll also have a blog published shortly with more info on the new NVIDIA Games App and how we’re improving discoverability and access to SHIELD games – including direct access to Steam Big Picture.

AI in the Home (Coming Soon) – SHIELD is the first streamer to announce support of Google Assistant, optimized for TV and 100% hands-free (with the new SHIELD controller). Also coming soon, SmartThings Hub technology integration will instantly turn SHIELD into a smart home hub that can connect to hundreds of smart home devices. NVIDIA SPOT, an AI mic accessory available later this year, will make SHIELD the central backbone of the AI home, extending intelligent control throughout the house.

More information can be found in the release notes and on the NVIDIA blog covering Gaming and AI in the Home.

New FAQ, OTA imminent, reminder about ROOT …

Good morning everyone.

The OTA update for Shield TV OG to bring it to OS parity with the New Shield TV 2017 model is imminent.  Be on the look out!

With that, we want to remind everyone that as of the time of writing, there is no way to root a Shield TV running Android 7.x (aka Nougat).  Based on posts on XDA and elsewhere, we believe root IS just around the corner – but if you have daily needs on root access, you may want to hold off a few days.

Finally, we’ve started our FAQ section for Shield TV 2017 – so if you have any issues or growing pains, we may have some help for you there!

Long live Shield!

No Man’s Sky, The Witness now available!

Whether you’re a brand new Shield TV owner or a proud owner of an Original Shield TV, you have two new games available for your little black box.

In The Witness, you wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you.

You don’t remember who you are, and you don’t remember how you got here, but there’s one thing you can do: explore the island in hope of discovering clues, regaining your memory, and somehow finding your way home.

The Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and TONS of puzzles. This game respects you as an intelligent player and it treats your time as precious. There’s no filler; each of those puzzles brings its own new idea into the mix. So, this is a game full of ideas.

The Witness is available from the Google Play store for $19.99 ($20 off the Steam price).  Get it on Google Play, check it out more on Steam.

Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction, No Man’s Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and life forms, and constant danger and action.

In No Man’s Sky, every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited by planets filled with life, and you can go to any of them you choose. Fly smoothly from deep space to planetary surfaces, with no loading screens, and no limits. In this infinite procedurally generated universe, you’ll discover places and creatures that no other players have seen before – and perhaps never will again.

No Man’s Sky is available for $59.99 on GeForce NOW and includes a digital key for Steam.  Check it out at NVidia or on Steam.

New Shield TV hits the streets Monday!

Just a reminder that NVidia cool new 40% smaller Shield TV (complete with hot new controller AND remote) start shipping on Monday and Amazon is taking pre-orders!  We’ve included some affiliate links to Amazon if you’re looking to buy (helps throw a couple bucks to the site).

We’ll have an unboxing, hands on and more once ours arrives!

If you plan to use “active listening” with Google Assistant – and you have the Original “OG” Shield TV, you’ll need the new controller or the NVidia Spot.

 

Confused about the NEW accessories and Google Assistant compatibility with original Shield TV? We have answers.

I thought this would be worthy of its own post.  There is some confusion about compatibility and features regarding Google Assistant and the new accessories.  I reached out to NVidia for answers.

Is There More Than One Shield Remote?

Yes.  There are two Shield Remotes.

The existing Shield Remote (Remote OG) remains in circulation.  When you purchase a Shield Remote from NVidia, Amazon, et al – you will be purchasing the Remote OG.  The NEW Shield TV Pro will come with the Remote OG.

The New Remote is ONLY available with the purchase of a NEW Shield TV 16GB unit.  This New Remote has the following changes:

  • It is not rechargable (uses CR type coin batteries – reputed to last one year)
  • There is no headset jack for private listening (use the Shield Controller for that)
  • IR Blaster for controlling TV Power
  • Passive Mic (you need to push the button before speaking to it; it cannot be used as an Active listening device)

Neither Remote (OG or New) are required to use Google Assistant (a feature which won’t be around for a few months anyway).

What Do I Need For Active Listening (Google Assistant)?

You will need the New Shield Controller to perform active listening.  Active listening means you do NOT need to push a button or otherwise touch anything; Google Assistant will hear you.  The Shield Controller OG (original) cannot be used for active listening.  Neither Shield Remote OG nor New Shield Remote can be used for active listening.

Bottom line: If you want active listening – you will need the NEW Shield Controller.  Or one of the new NVidia Spot listening devices coming soon.

Will Google Assistant Work Entirely With Original Shield TV hardware (16GB or Pro)?

Yes – passively.  That means you’ll have to press a button before you speak.  If you want active listening, you’ll need the NEW Shield Controller (or the NVidia Spot listening devices announced at CES 2017).