Last week we discussed the expansion of hardware for Android TV following the availability of the Xiaomi Mi box, the announcing of four new Android TV-powered TV sets by LeEco and the sudden reappearance of stock of the Nexus Player. A week later and it seems the last seven days has been mainly about software in the Android TV world.
SHIELD Software Upgrade 3.3
Firstly, if you happen to be the owner of the NVIDIA SHIELD then it looks like you have a new update on the way. This is the Software Upgrade 3.3 and brings with it a number of improvements. This update certainly does not seem to be quite in the same league as the 3.2 update which added a ton of features include HDR and Plex Media Server support. But nonetheless, it is a new update and one which adds pass-through audio support for a number of media apps, as well as the latest Android security patches. So this will still be an update that you want to apply as soon as possible really. The update process was only announced yesterday so the update could still take some time before it reaches your SHIELD.
For the cord cutters out there, it seems this week has brought with it Android TV access to PlayStation Vue. As a result, if you own any Android TV box or an Android TV-powered TV, then you can now download PlayStation Vue from the Google Play Store. The app is free to download but does require you to have a subscription. In terms of prices, these vary quite considerably depending on the level of content you want. However, the basic package comes with more than 55 channels and costs $29.99 per month. While the most expensive plan is $64.99 per month and includes access to more than 100 channels, as well as access to HBO and SHOWTIME.
The good news though is that PlayStation Vue does currently offer a free-seven day trial period. So you can at least check out the service for free and see if it is right for you, before deciding on subscribing to one of the monthly plans.
Last but not least, NVIDIA happens to be running a sale on a number of games for Halloween. Needless to say, as this is a Halloween sale you will have to act quick to save on the included titles as the sale will only last until Monday October 31. All the games that are included do seem to be GeForce NOW games, so you will have to purchase the games through your actual SHIELD Android TV device.
Games included in the sale are The Guest which is down to $2.99 from $9.99, Virginia which is down to $8.99 from $9.99, Grim Fandango Remastered which can currently be picked up for only $5.09 (compared to $14.99). In addition, Dead Island: Definitive Edition is on sale and is down in price from $19.99 to only $11.99. Likewise, Dead Island Riptide: Definitive Edition is also down from $19.99 to $11.99, while Day of the Tentacle Remastered is now on sale for $8.99 and Resident Evil: Revelations 2 can be picked up for $11.69 – instead of its usual $29.99 price. As mentioned, these prices are only good through October 31 and you will need to access the titles through GeForce NOW on your SHIELD to buy. You can get a better idea of what is on offer with some of some of the games that are on sale by watching the video below.