The April update for Nvidia’s handheld game console brings an upgraded operating system, better controller-mapping software, and other substantial features.
Nvidia is pushing out a major update to its Shield console in tandem with a $50 price cut that will bring down the cost of the device to $199 for the rest of April.
The biggest feature included in the update is the ability for users to stream games from a PC to the Shield when on the go through the Remote GameStream feature. Earlier, it was only possible to stream games over a common Wi-Fi network – the update also adds the option to stream games to notebooks powered by the GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M, and select GTX 600M GPUs, though it would require users to install the latest GeForce beta driver until the feature gets added to an official driver release.
Meanwhile, the Console Mode has been updated with support for Bluetooth-enabled mice and keyboards when Shield is connected to a big-screen HDTV, allowing for 1080p, 60 frames per second HDTV gaming in titles like League of Legends, Diablo III, and Civilization V. TegraZone has also been redesigned, with an aim to improve “accessibility, discoverability, and usability” for managing installed games, firing up GameStream, or checking out the latest Tegra-related news.
The update is currently rolling out over the air, and can be downloaded manually by hitting the “Check Now” button in the Settings » About Shield » System Updates menu on the console.