NVIDIA is rolling out a new update to its Android-based SHIELD TV lineup. The latest SHIELD Experience 8.2.3, which is based on Android 9 Pie with Android TV, introduces a new security patch along with some minor bug fixes and a couple of other improvements, including support for new accessories.
According to the official changelog, NVIDIA’s SHIELD TV products are making a jump to the April 2021 Android security patch with the latest update. The company is also promising improved reconnection for Control4 IP-based controllers.
SHIELD Experience 8.2.3 further adds support for new SCUF controllers, including SCUF Infinity4PS, SCUF Impact, and SCUF Prestige. Moreover, if you’re into Corsair gaming, you’ll be glad that SHIELD TV products now support select Corsair SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS peripherals. These include K57 RGB Keyboard, Dark Core RGB Pro Mouse, and Virtuoso RGB Wireless Headset. These accessories support a single USB receiver connection but require iCUE software on a PC or MAC.
NVIDIA SHIELD TV gets a new update
The latest software update for NVIDIA’s SHIELD TV lineup started rolling out over the weekend. However, some users were facing problems installing the new SHIELD Experience version. Clearing cached data on the device allowed the install to go through for some users.
NVIDIA, however, has now confirmed that the issue has been fixed. The issue reportedly only affected some SHIELD Pro (2019) models. A server-side update has been pushed to the affected units. SHIELD Experience 8.2.3 should now install cleanly on those devices as well.
NVIDIA provides excellent software support to its SHIELD TV products. They get regular software updates, adding new features, bug fixes, and support for newer peripherals. In August last year, the devices received a major SHIELD Experience 8.2.0 update introducing a massive amount of new functionality. SHIELD Experience 8.2.1 followed in November. It didn’t bring many new features but fixed some minor bugs from the previous release.
The SHIELD Experience 8.2.2 update in January this year then added support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S controllers. Now, with the latest update, SHIELD TV users are getting a few more minor improvements.
As said before, SHIELD Experience 8.2.3 is still based on Android 9 Pie. It’s unclear if NVIDIA plans to ship Android 10 to its devices or will directly jump to Android 11. Anyways, the company has time and again put other OEMs to shame with its excellent software support. It now remains to be seen whether the next SHIELD Experience update also introduces a newer version of the Android OS.