Category Archives: Shield Android TV

LineageOS available for Shield Android TV (2015 Edition)

Edit: We were bored tonight – so here is LineageOS installed on Shield TV (2015).

We are not true believers of custom ROMs on Android TV – we believe if you don’t want Android TV then another hardware box might be more suitable for your needs.  (Note: This custom rom IS Android TV still.)

However, we do constantly get emails asking about them.  Even more emails from people that have tried custom ROMs and either bricked their devices or needed specialized help in recovery.

LineageOS is a popular custom ROM for many devices (similar to CyanogenMod).  This has been released for Shield Android TV (2015 Version aka Foster).  It is NOT available for 2017 versions.

If you do decide to engage in this custom ROM, drop us a line and let us know how you fared.

LineageOS for Shield TV (2015)

 

Taito’s RayStorm released on Android – Play it on Shield TV Sideloaded

While not everyone’s cup of tea (and certainly not at $9.99 – $7.99 currently on sale) this is pretty cool.  I sideloaded it on Shield TV and it plays 100% with a controller – always a nice thing.

Here is some video:

The app was not found in the store. 🙁

New Videos Added

By popular demand, I’ve added videos to the following tutorials:

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

Tutorial: Restore to Stock Image (Shield TV Pro)

I’m also working on a tutorial to help get Commodore Amiga emulation running on Shield TV; specifically to play the amazing shooter Deluxe Galaga.  This will be a fully LEGAL way to play and the price will be $1.99 and about 10 minutes of your time.  Here is a preview:

Shield Summer Sale

Summer is here and the SHIELD summer game sale is HOT. From June 22 through June 25, save up to 80% on these sizzling GeForce NOW titles.

From exploring the award-winning world of The Witcher 3: Game of the Year to escaping zombie hoards on a remote beach resort in Dead Island Riptide: Definitive Edition, gamers will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy some R&R while playing these fan-favorite games.

Shield TV 5.2 Update Now Available

Watch and Record Live TV with Plex

Now with SHIELD TV and a Plex Pass, cord cutters can watch and record over-the-air broadcast TV on SHIELD in up to 1080 resolution with 5.1 surround sound.

SHIELD with Plex is a one-of-a-kind all-in-one DVR solution. With this release, SHIELD becomes:

  1. The first streaming media player to support Plex Live TV
  2. Only streaming media player able to browse and record shows from a beautiful, “10 foot” user interface

And since SHIELD is the industry’s only all-in-one Plex client and server device, you can DVR directly to SHIELD and then stream these shows to any device, anywhere in the world, all with a fraction of the power consumption and cost of other media server options.

Write to Network Storage (NAS)

SHIELD now supports write to Network Storage, allowing customers to Record TV shows and movies directly to their network attached storage (NAS) via Plex. SHIELD owners can continue to write to local storage, adopted storage and external storage drives.

Connect a USB Tuner for Plex Live TV

USB tuners are now supported on SHIELD TV – including support for the dual WinTV USB tuner from Hauppauge.

Best for 4K

Since the last software upgrade, SHIELD TV has added new 4K enhancements including:

  1. Google Play Movies in 4K
  2. Google Cast in up to 4K 60 frames-per-second with 5.1 surround sound

Other updates in this release include network storage directory and connectivity enhancements, Wi-Fi performance improvements, and experience enhancements for SHIELD remote and SHIELD controller.

Rooted Shield TV (2017) 5.1->5.2 Potential Issues

Here at the Zone, our rooted Shield TV (2017) “update looped” while trying to install the newly released 5.2 update.

Most OTAs have installed fine over our rooted install – but this time during the second part of the update (the screen with the Upgrading Experience) the unit would simply reboot – failing to update.  You would then be asked to update again.

We tried many methods to work through this.  Our solution is to do a stock recovery of the full 5.1 recovery image.  Once this was complete, 5.2 was able to install again – requiring rerooting of course.

We will update our Tutorial: Restore to Stock Image (Shield TV 2017) to 5.1 (there are some changes from 5.01).

Note:  We tested our unrooted Shield TV (2015) and Shield TV Pro – both updated fine.

 

If you don’t want Android TV, don’t buy a Shield TV

Supporting NVidia Shield owners is a real joy. I love helping new owners make the most of their devices and assisting them with configuring it in a way that makes sense for their needs.

Unfortunately, there is a constant issue I see with new buyers of NVidia Shield TV. They really don’t want an NVidia Shield TV. They want a generic, vanilla Android system to use as a Kodi box.

Instead of embracing the Android TV culture they fight it tooth and nail every step of the way. Rooting, custom roms, xposed mods, launcher replacements/hacks – you name it – there are buyers of Shield TV that want nothing to do with what’s installed – and that includes the OS.

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.