Android Marshmallow, Metal Gear Rising Coming to Shield TV

Metal Gear Rising

NVIDIA is talking about a lot of things at CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Show. There’s a lot of talk about virtual reality and self-driving cars, but NVIDIA is also dedicated to producing consumer hardware with the Shield TV. They have announced that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, originally a game for the Playstation 3, is coming to the Shield on Thursday, the 7th of January.

In this game, you play as a katana-wielding cyborg named Raiden in the Metal Gear Solid universe, four years after Metal Gear Solid 4. It’s an action game with a combat system focused around swordplay combos and counterattacks. It’s a high-quality game that was critically praised when it was first published in 2013, and NVIDIA likely worked close with the developers to make sure the game runs smoothly on the Shield TV.

While that is exciting for gamers, NVIDIA also said that the newest version of the operating system, Android Marshmallow, should be coming to the Shield very soon. The video above covers a handful of updates that are already present and discusses some of the benefits that Marshmallow will bring to the Shield.

Adoptive storage is one of the biggest new features of Marshmallow, allowing users to add an SD card or external hard drive and have that seen as part of the device’s internal storage. A less popular feature is saying “OK Google, setup my device” on your phone to automatically send over your Google account and Wi-Fi data to the Shield TV to simplify setup.

One new feature the Shield is adding is the ability to toggle which apps are allowed to add items to the recommendations row. Although this has already been possible by going to each app and disabling notifications, having a central location to enable or disable recommendations should be helpful to users who may be spammed by an infrequently used app.

NVIDIA’s continued support of Android TV is important, as companies like Sony and Philips have not been as keen to continue supporting users. NVIDIA is expected to continue updating their game catalog and promoting the platform as a whole.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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