Category Archives: Shield Android TV

Watch March Madness AND Get Great Deals on NOW/Android Games

Some news from NVidia.  That Super Mega Baseball is friggin’ awesome and that is a fantastic price….

Productivity levels are set to dip to their lowest points since – well, this time last year – as the Big Dance is set to tip-off tomorrow. Amateur bracketologists and college basketball fans alike are gearing up to catch every Dispy-doo Dunk-a-roo and Cinderella moment in hopes of watching their favorite team cut down the net come April 3.

Of course, many SHIELD users are passionate about cord-cutting, or may be looking for alternative watching options,

Tomb Raider now available native on Shield Android TV!

On Tuesday, March 7, gamers can experience Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider rebirth in all its glory thanks to NVIDIA’s own LIGHTSPEED Studios and the power of NVIDIA SHIELD TV.

Load up Tomb Raider (2013) and the first thing you’ll notice are the beautiful visuals and spectacular level design. You’ll crawl through dank caverns, scale majestic structures, and chart a course through wild terrain that’s teeming with life. The game engine pumps out some amazing graphics, and the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV ensures that you’ll get the best visual experience possible.

Available via Google Play for $14.99, gamers can see how this fantastic action game has improved on the already stellar franchise formula. Better still, the SHIELD TV version bundles in the Tomb of the Lost Adventurer DLC, which includes extra outfits, skills, and weapon upgrades!

Get It: Google Play

Rumble in the house, yo!

With the release of the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV, the new SHIELD controller was already making waves with the new rumble support while streaming games with NVIDIA GameStream. Today, we’re excited to announce support for vibration and haptic feedback while playing select GeForce NOW titles*. A whole host of games in the GeForce NOW library already support the rumble feedback feature. We encourage SHIELD fans to jump in and try it out on games such as Tomb Raider, ABZÛ, and LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens.

What Exactly is Haptic Technology?

The term “haptic” is derived from the Greek word “haptesthai,” which simply put means, “to touch.” In video games it has long been a staple in a variety of genres from racing games and shooters to fighting games. Often referred to as “Force Feedback,” haptics simply provide gamers with tactile sensations that serve to better immerse players in their games. In racing games it serves to help gamers have a better feel for the road. In fighting games and shooters, it’s yet another way to let the gamer know that they’re being struck by an enemy or to provide environmental cues.

GeForce NOW Games that Support Haptic Feedback

Below is a list of all of the GeForce NOW games that have been tested and are verified to support the new feature. That said, many other games in the GeForce NOW library may also support rumble. So try something new or revisit a past favorite to see which ones really move you! If you find a game that’s not listed here that supports the feature, by all means let us know.

If you don’t already own one, pick up an NVIDIA SHIELD TV today. And for all our early adopters of SHIELD (2015) should you want give haptics gaming a try, the new SHIELD controller is available as a separate add-on accessory, compatible with the original device. *The new SHIELD controller is required to experience vibration feedback. SHIELD controller (2015) does not support vibration feedback on SHIELD TV.

Weekend sale on great GeForce Now and Android Games!

Tired of the long, cold winter? Why not heat things up with some amazing titles for the world’s hottest gaming device–all at up to 70% off? Whether you play Android™ or GeForce NOW™ streaming games, we’ve got you covered. Remember each GeForce NOW purchase comes with a downloadable PC code.

GEFORCE NOW GAMES

ANDROID GAMES

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 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.

More tutorials, updated tutorials and new FAQ questions answered …

Nothing puts us to work here more than an OTA release.

All three Shield TV devices (2015, Pro and 2017) all have root tutorials.  Restoring to stock 5.0.1 tutorial added.

We’ve found an issue where some people can’t boot to TWRP using our initial tutorial – so we created work arounds for USB hubs and non-Adoptive Storage users.

Finally, we’ve been filling out the FAQ with regards to the new Shield TV 2017.

Whew!

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.

Root has been achieved on Android 7.0 Nougat (Shield TV)

Thanks to the brilliant folks at XDA, a root solution has been executed on the Shield TV (2015) running v5.01 (Android 7.0 Nougat).

If you are of adequate skill and don’t mind dealing with technical matters, you can jump over to XDA and check out the progress there.

Otherwise, we’ll have our tutorial out later tonight.

Remember, you’re going to need a Male to Male USB 3.0 cable to access ADB/Fastboot on Shield TV 2017.  You probably don’t have one; I sure didn’t.  Check our FAQ for more info, links to purchase, etc.

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.