NVIDIA Shield Update 3.2 Announced

Last week, among the craziness of Google I/O and new game ports like Resident Evil 5, NVIDIA published an update to their Shield TV devices.

Some of the news includes HDR support, which stands for High Dynamic Range, making content have better contrast. This is manifesting itself in HDR Netflix and YouTube as well as HDR GameStream. Now your games and your movies will look better than before (assuming your TV supports HDR content). Vudu is also making its 4K library available to Android TV through an app.

The blog post pushes its graphic capabilities, mentioning it is the first to offer 4K 60FPS. This is to compete with Xiaomi’s Mi Box, which supports the same graphical output but wasn’t the first to do so.

Android N was mentioned, its features including PiP and DVR support. This mention may relieve some users and point to NVIDIA’s continued software support. This new update is coming soon, but there isn’t an announced date.

Better graphic output, along with benefitting from a growing ecosystem, is positioning the Shield as a great device for the home. It’ll be interesting to see if Xiaomi can compete with a comparable product at a lower price.

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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  • Aladan57 .

    I’m still waiting for an official release of the Youtube Gaming App on Shield TV.

    • Richard Branches

      You mean on the whole Android TV platform…

  • SkOrPn

    @Nick, On the last paragraph you mention “better graphic output”. What do you mean by this and where exactly did you see it mentioned that 3.2 would have better graphic output? My shield TV has the worst 1080p picture quality I have ever seen and would love it if it’s finally going to fix the awful picture quality. My Roku 1, Roku 3, wdtv, Samsung Bluray player, Panasonic Bluray player, Wetek Core, MXQ Pro, Beelink M18 and my $50 Nexus player all blow it away in the picture quality tests. I hope 3.2 fixes it and at least matches the Nexus player’s picture quality. That would be fantastic and the hundreds of people that complained in the shield TV forums about it would be quite happy I’m sure. I hope it’s true…