NVIDIA has begun rolling out a new upgrade for its popular streaming media devices, the SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV PRO.
Dubbed SHIELD Experience 9.0, the new update delivers the latest version of Google’s ubiquitous OS, Android 11, to both devices. Users will also find a range of added features that include an updated Google Keyboard (Gboard), support for aptX-compatible Bluetooth headsets, new apps such as IMDb TV, and new benefits for GeForce NOW members.
“Gamers around the globe are upgrading their SHIELD TVs into a powerful GeForce RTX 3080-class gaming rig, unlocking extraordinary 4K HDR graphics exclusively on SHIELD, as well as immersive 7.1 surround sound, with the new GeForce NOW RTX 3080 membership,” NVIDIA wrote regarding its game streaming service.
“The SHIELD update provides all GeForce NOW members with new benefits. Twitch has been updated to enable simultaneous gaming and streaming in high quality. Support for additional Bluetooth keyboards and mice has been added as well.”
SHIELD Experience 9.0 enhancements:
- Includes Android security patch level September 2021
- Adds support for aptX compatible Bluetooth headsets
- Adds option to automatically disconnect Bluetooth devices on sleep
- Adds option to match content audio resolution (high resolution audio)
- Adds new Gboard keyboard option
- Adds new Energy saver setting for additional power customization
- Adds Stadia button support to XBOX, Playstation, and SHIELD controllers
- Additional bug fixes
NVIDIA’s SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV PRO cost $149.99 and $199.99, respectively. The premium model includes 1 GB of additional RAM, 8 GB of additional storage, and dual USB 3.0 ports instead of a MicroSD slot.