NVIDIA SHIELD Update Brings Improved 4K & SD Card Support

The NVIDIA SHIELD is one of the latest Android TV running devices to hit the market and one which many users were waiting on. The increase in performance matched with an emphasis on gaming, makes the SHIELD a great option for those looking for an Android TV device with more function than the standard Nexus Player. That said, the arrival of the SHIELD brought with it an even more attractive system for gamers in the form of the Pro version. The NVIDIA SHIELD Pro, which became available towards the end of last week, sports a massive 500GB internal storage, making it a great option who want to store a number of games or other media, locally. Especially, compared to the standard 16GB SHIELD or the 8GB Nexus Player.

Well, towards the end of last week also saw the news that in spite of just being released, the SHIELD was also set to be receiving an update soon. One of the features that was reported to be coming with the update, was the ability to make use of MPEG-2 support. On the update point, it now seems that an update to the SHIELD is in the process of (or about to begin) rolling out. However, on the MPEG-2 point, that does not seem to be part of this update. Or at least, there is no mention of this being part of the update.

That said, the update does seem to bring with it a number of improvements which will be of use to SHIELD owners. The update, which is coming as an over-the-air update, brings the system up to version 1.2. With the update, comes improvements to video playback with the likes of Netflix and also the enabling of 4K with Google Photos. It is also being reported that the compatible NVIDIA GameStream service is also seeing an update to its performance, while there is also some enhancements being made to the ability to use apps installed on an external hard drive or SD card. If you are a SHIELD owner, then you may have already seen the update being prompted on your system. If not, then chances are that it will occur later on today.

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