Category Archives: 1080p

No OTA for awhile; but get Amazon Video NOW!

Everyone expected the Nougat OTA to drop by now, but I’m pretty sure we have at least a week or two before we see it.  Meanwhile – one of the most anticipated features is the new HD Amazon Video app.

As we all hoped, one of the lucky early adopters nicely ripped the app from the New Shield TV.  This allows for ALL features (HDR, UHD, HD, etc) of Amazon Video.

Couple of points:

  • Get the app from the Reddit thread, or direct Amazon Video (HD) (2033 downloads) from us
  • Install it then REBOOT – otherwise you may not see the HD
  • Sign in and watch some HD content you own or that is included with Prime (Rome Season 1, Episode 1 does the trick)
  • Apparently this does NOT work with IR remotes (Harmony, etc) but DOES work with controller and OG Shield Remote
  • As with any foreign APK from the internet, use with caution

We tried it out to verify it works – and it sure does.  Enjoy this taste of the future 🙂

Shield Holiday Game Sale is in full swing

Ready for some great gaming deals?  Whether you’re into streaming games or native Android titles, NVidia has you covered.

Which sale games do we play over here at NVidia Shield Zone?  Our recommendations:

Native Android: Pix the Cat, GoNNER, Chariot, Family Guy and Walking Dead Pinball

GeForce NOW: The Witcher 3 (we called it the best game in 20 years; we even made a music video), Sacred 3 and Dead Light.

Read scroll down to see what else is on offer.

Native Android Titles

GoNNER released for Shield Android TV

Following a successful launch on Steam, GoNNER comes to Android – exclusively on Shield Android TV.  Available now at at the sale price of $6.69 (33% off the regular price of $9.99).  Watch our 10 minute video then click the link below to get your copy now!

GoNNER is a tough as hell score-based procedurally-generated platformer with roguelike elements. GoNNER is also a story about friendship between Ikk, Death, and a space whale named Sally.

You will die. A lot. This is by design, but it’s not made to feel unfair. You’ll eventually get the hang of GoNNER, so don’t lose your head. But even if you do it’s okay cause we have a lot of replacement heads you can use.

  • DAILY CHALLENGES! Only playable once a day. Levels are randomly generated but in this mode everybody plays the same world and use an identical loadout. Everything resets at midnight (Swedish time, UTC+1). Can you crush your leaderboard foes?
  • PROCEDURALLY GENERATED! Every time you play the game the levels will be different and present unique challenges and opportunities.
  • UNLOCKS! You’ll be able to choose from a variety of passive and active abilities at the beginning of each run so be sure to experiment with all of them and find the play style that best suits you.
  • SECRETS! Secret areas exist in the world of GoNNER, and these areas will get you different items that you can then always use from the beginning of each run. We’re not going to tell you how you get to these areas or what the criteria is for even finding them because secrets, duh.
  • LEADERBOARDS! Kill creatures, get combos, score points, and brag to your friends how much better you are than them.
  • MUSIC! It’s really freaking good.

Good luck.

Google Play | NVidia | Steam

NVidia Shield Indie Spotlight: New Games on GeForce NOW

A little late on this news, but figured “better late than never”…


NVidia is pleased to announce the release of several unique indie games today on SHIELD. Lumo, Lumini, Poncho, Cloudbuilt, and Syndrome are all available in the GeForce NOW store, and you can grab them at significant discounts for a limited time. And they will be adding Aragami very soon.

A new Shield TV is coming? Discussion within ….

Rumor all over the internet is that a new Shield TV is coming.  After all, it’s been quite awhile (like 100 years in “tech years”).  CES 2017 would be a perfect place to unveil it – so let’s see what we have.

Android Police and other sources have scored pictures of what appears to be the new controller and a strikingly similar main unit and Remote controller.  Let’s speculate after the photo (courtesy of Android Police):

Let’s start with the controller – since it shows the biggest change in the photo.

What we have here is a sensible physical update.  The controller has been leaned down around the handles.  Gone is the touchpad that worked-for-one-build-then-never-again.  The “microwave” touch buttons for BACK, PLAY and HOME.  With luck, the over-sensitive power on Nvidia logo will be gone and a different button (any button) would wake the controller up.

Xbox One: Am I wrong?

The D-Pad has removed the futile “other 4” diagonals.  This puts it on par with other modern controllers like the Xbox One.  The volume buttons are gone (maybe the center slider area works like the Shield Remote?) … hopefully volume control remains possible from the controller as it is one of my favorite features.  Speaking of Xbox One controllers, my goodness if those analog sticks looks EXACTLY like them – right down to the textures around the outside edge.

With the slendering of the controller, my guess is that we still won’t see rumble or force feedback make it into the controller.  The microphone above the logo is still there – so that’s good.  I fear the headphone jack is going away too which is too bad.  I liked it.

Rumor mill (and recent FCC related documentation) says the controller will drop the “Wi-Fi Direct” connectivity and go to Bluetooth.  I’m good with that.  Also let’s your Shield Controllers work with other Android devices.  Of course, it will also work with your original Shield TV that way too.

Moving on to the Shield Remote.  Doesn’t look any different – but if “Wi-Fi Direct” goes on the Shield Controller?  It is gone from here, too.  We need low power consumption Bluetooth here – and it only makes sense to move that way.  I worry the headset jack may be gone here too – but the input needs of a controller like this doesn’t seem as heavy as a gaming controller.  Maybe Bluetooth will be enough.

That leaves us with the main unit.  What might the refresh be all about?  The unit pictured IS smaller than the original Shield TV – but while everyone says “it’s smaller”?  I don’t believe the photo is accurate.  The main unit looks scaled to fit.  I’m going to go with the idea that the box is the same size.

One possibility?  Same specs – just cheaper.  After all, prices go down on everything as the fabrication costs go down.  This could simply be a literal refresh.  This is my bet.

I’m guessing the Pro version is history.  There will only be ONE Shield Android TV – this sans hard drive version is it.  The fact that Shield Android TV is almost impossible to buy right now says to me; phase out the old – make room for the new.  This isn’t a “cousin” or companion SKU.  This is the NEW SKU … and the ONLY SKU.  If the size stays the same, it also lets the existing (albeit overpriced) stand continue to work.

Naturally, we could see a boost in the internal storage; unlikely – but a nice 32GB or 64GB unit would remove the need for most people to hook up an external drive.  Still not usable for a good strong Plex machine – but for the “Android Gamer”?  Sure.  Mass media folks?  Network storage or USB drives plugged in will be your only choice.

Unfortunately, Plex and other software chokes on external/NAS storage; lacking full read/write access – limiting the device’s ability.  Sadly, this is more likely a Google thing and not an NVidia thing.,  Not having a Pro version will be missed.  But, if this guy has been retooled to allow a trapdoor SSD expansion?  That would be incredible.

What about an upgrade to the processor?  Will we see an X2/Pascal upgrade?  It should – but my Magic 8 Ball says “Outlook not so good”.  If the unit really IS smaller then that says to me that we’re seeing a cheaper-not-better model here.  I also believe that NVidia is feeling the pressure of lower priced units like the Mi Box and Amazon’s offerings.  Generic Android TV boxes are a dime a dozen (well, $60 and less – fully loaded with piracy playback of TV and movies) on eBay and other markets.

Getting a sub $150 premium box on the shelves with the power of X1 (which is what is apparently powering the new Nintendo console, Switch) would put NVidia in a very good position.

The Devil’s Advocate whispers in my ear.  Why put something NEW on the market that saddles up the same as Nintendo’s forthcoming console?  Wouldn’t you want your own product to be more attractive?  After all, the Shield TV isn’t hobbled by “battery life” – it can run full power all the time.  Why not take something the auto division paid R&D for and slap it in your new box?  Why would NVidia release something that will undoubtedly be compared to the Nintendo Switch?  Maybe what we are seeing is length of tooth in engineering driving the price down while popping that hot new processor under the hood.  Forget the sub-$150 though, in that case.  Maybe we’re talking about more power, same price?

The fantasy?  A Shield TV – X2 equipped – featuring 64GB onboard storage along with 3 or 4GB of RAM.  No more Wi-Fi Direct; all Bluetooth all the time.  Put that out for $199-$249 along with some serious ass launch titles.  God bless us, every one.

Truth looks more like this.  Cheaper, better-designed main unit (with a couple of minor build issues fixed, please).  Probably 32GB out of the box (16GB makes no sense at this point).  Same ports.  Fresh controllers. All for the low, low price of $99 to $149.

All we can do is speculate another couple of weeks and hope for more leaks.

What do you think NVidia is up to?  Post your thoughts in the comments.

Let there be more videos!

I’m backed up on videos, so I figure I better just dump them all – screw the branding!  There are over 10 new videos including native Android apps and GeForce Now streaming.

Visit NVidia Shield Zone’s YouTube channel (don’t forget to subscribe and share!) – videos will be coming online over the next several hours

Feel The Force around you with LEGO Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on GeForce NOW

30% off until October 2nd AND includes a Steam key for your PC!  That’s right, for $27.99 you get the $40 PC game AND streaming play on your Shield devices.

Available on September 27th, 2016 on GeForce NOW’s “Buy and Play Instantly” – relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in way that only LEGO can offer, featuring brand new story content from the Star Wars Universe that explores the time between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces new gameplay mechanics, including the enhanced Multi-Builds system, where players can choose from multiple building options to advance the game, or engage in intense new Blaster Battles for the first time, utilizing surrounding environments to drive back the First Order.

Learn More: Steam | NVidia | YouTube

ABZÛ and The Assembly now available to “Buy and Play Instantly” on GeForce NOW

Two new games (both include Steam keys) are now available on GeForce NOW to “Buy and Play Instantly”.

Immerse yourself in a vibrant ocean world full of mystery and bursting with color and life. Perform fluid acrobatics as the Diver using graceful swimming controls. Discover hundreds of unique species based on real creatures and form a powerful connection with the abundant sea life. Interact with schools of thousands of fish that procedurally respond to you, each other, and predators. Linger in epic seascapes and explore aquatic ecosystems modeled with unprecedented detail. Descend into the heart of the ocean where ancient secrets lie forgotten. But beware, dangers lurk in the depths. “ABZÛ” is from the oldest mythologies; AB, meaning water, and ZÛ, meaning to know. ABZÛ is the ocean of wisdom.

NVidia | Steam

A first-person interactive story inspired by real-world anxieties, The Assembly is a long-form game designed for VR. Explore a morally ambiguous organization as two individuals and face tough decisions from contrasting perspectives, that culminate in one of multiple thrilling conclusions.

NVidia | Steam

New Shield Zone Videos!

Sorry, life has been extremely busy – but I do have some new GeForce NOW streaming videos for you.

Borderlands 2 blasts its way onto Shield Android TV, Shield Tablet

On Thursday, June 30, SHIELD gamers can rejoice as another favorite from the Borderlands series comes to SHIELD devices. Joining Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Android TV) and Borderlands (GeForce NOW), Gearbox Software’s Borderlands 2 will be available for both SHIELD Android TV and SHIELD tablet  (controller required) for $14.99 on Google Play.

All-New Characters and All-New Classes: Four all new playable classes including the Siren, the Commando, the Gunzerker and the Assassin. Dual machine guns? Cool. Dual rocket launchers? Of course! Dual Sniper Rifles? Sure, if that’s your thing! Want to try other styles? More tactical perhaps? There are multiple classes to choose from!

Dynamic Co-op online: Share your adventures with friends online. Borderlands 2 features a seamless system enabling you to drop in and drop out of a campaign without ever having to restart the game. On top of that you can even take your new gear from any game to any other!

World Connected Story: Find yourself left for dead in the frozen tundra of Pandora as you begin your quest of revenge and redemption. Expose the evil surrounding the Hyperion Corporation and take on the perpetrator of a universe-wide grand deception — the nefarious Hyperion CEO, Handsome Jack.

87 Bazillion…Everything: In addition to the new gun system, you will lust after procedurally generated shields, grenades, Relics, class mods and much, much more. And you thought the original Borderlands had a ton of loot!

Brand new environments on Pandora: Hunt through entirely brand new areas of Pandora that are more alive than ever! From the arctic tundra, through the dangerous grasslands, past the mysterious corrosive caverns to beyond, you’ll be surprised by the unpredictable world of Pandora at every turn!

Brand new enemies: A whole slew of new enemies are out there to kill you in Borderlands 2. Hulking, gorilla-like Bullymongs, vicious predatory Stalkers and the Hyperion mechanical army, run by Handsome Jack, are just some of the new enemies in Borderlands 2.

Get it on Google Play