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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV gets awesome new features

by Jacob Kleinman | June 15, 2015June 15, 2015 10:20 am PDT

NVIDIA’s SHIELD set-top box is still brand-new, but it’s already getting its first big update. The company’s 1.2 software upgrade includes support for viewing pictures in 4K, better streaming and more.

Assuming you own a 4K television, you can now view your pictures in super high-quality using the Photos and Videos app. The update also promises to optimize streaming for Netflix and Google Play Movies, while improving the way the machine handles SD cards. NVIDIA’s SHIELD Remote should work better too, and you’ll even get notifications when its battery starts to die. Finally, the company promises improvements to its GameStream service, which allows you to stream NVIDIA’s library of PC games right to your home TV.

The SHIELD packs a Tegra X1 processor and pretty sleek design. You can pick one up for as little as $200, though the specially designed stand and Advanced Remote cost extra. There’s also a $300 model, which packs 500GB of storage and comes with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

NVIDIA’s Android TV box is available straight from the company’s own website and on Amazon. It’s also slated to hit the Google Store sometime this month, though it won’t be available in retail stores until the fall.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...