In my updated Nvidia Shield review we called it a absolute though niche product that appeals essentially to tech geeks. A module refurbish aims to enlarge a appeal, while also augmenting a already estimable geek cred.
Coming shortly with a giveaway refurbish to chronicle 3.2 of Shield’s module is a ability to tide Netflix’s HDR (high energetic range) material. Shield will be a initial streaming device to broach Netflix HDR, violence opposition Roku 4 to a punch.
Shield will also be removing a Vudu app, permitting entrance to a service’s vast collection of 4K cinema (although it won’t get any of Vudu’s HDR). The Shield can also entrance 4K60 streams from YouTube.
Of course, Roku 4 launched with Vudu, and still offers one large 4K app that substantially won’t be accessible on Shield anytime soon: Amazon Video.
Most of a above are “TV everywhere” authentication apps that need a wire subscription. The large exception, Spotify, is a good addition, nonetheless as a Spotify Premium subscriber I’ve found that a third-party Emma for Spotify app works good in a meantime.
Beyond a chops as a streamer, Shield is also a means gaming device, as prolonged as we don’t design a same preference of first-run titles accessible on PlayStation and Xbox. Nvidia announced a few new Shield titles, namely Resident Evil 5 (native Android) and dual games entrance to a GeForce Now diversion streaming service: Shadwen and Homefront: The Revolution.
Shield is also a initial device I’ve listened of to support HDR gaming. To take advantage you’ll need a PC with a HDR-capable, Pascal-based Nvidia video label (such as a $600 GTX 1080 or a $380 GTX 1070) and one of a handful of games that will support HDR, including Lawbreakers, Obduction, Paragon, Rise of a Tomb Raider, Shadow Warrior 2, The Talos Principle and The Witness. Using Shield’s GameStream underline we can afterwards play a diversion on an HDR TV. Like HDR video, HDR games guarantee softened color, liughtness and contrast.
Android N refurbish adds DVR, picture-in-picture
Separately from Nvidia, Google will deliver new capabilities for Android TV as partial of a Android N refurbish entrance this summer to Shield and other devices. One is a intensity ability to record streaming video to a device itself or a cloud, most like a DVR, and but carrying to use an outmost device like an HDHomeRun TV tuner.
According to Google’s developer site “Users can report recordings in advance, or start a recording as they watch a program. Once a complement has saved a recording, a user can browse, manage, and play behind a recording regulating a complement TV app.”
The catch? Enabling DVR functionality is adult to a app developer, so either you’ll indeed be means to record a live streams from WatchESPN or CBS All Access, for example, is adult to them. I’m not holding my breath.
Other intensity facilities embody picture-in-picture, where an app could continue video playback while users are interacting with another app, a new apps switcher and support for mixed accounts.
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