NVIDIA Shield Android 4.3 update now rolling out

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For those that have imported an NVIDIA Shield, we have good news. An Android 4.3 update is rolling out now, and it brings support for “thousands more Android games” according to the NVIDIA Blog.

NVIDIA says:

Fans of big-screen gaming and entertainment can check out the new Console Mode, which turns SHIELD into a portable living room game console. PC enthusiasts will be thrilled to know PC streaming, now called NVIDIA GameStream, has officially launched. Our over-the-air update also brings Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to SHIELD.

And then there’s SHIELD Gamepad Mapper – which turns touch-based Android games into ones that can be enjoyed with SHIELD’s console-quality controls.

Gamepad Mapper is described as:

You can now play your favorite touch games with SHIELD’s physical controls using the new SHIELD Gamepad Mapper. Create your own custom controls for thousands of games on Google Play, or use NVIDIA’s default profiles now available for hundreds of top Android games, making everything from “NBA Jam” to “Temple Run” playable on SHIELD’s console-grade controller.  The default profiles are automatically downloaded from the cloud so you can just launch your game and play.

This update sounds like a massive improvement to an already very good gaming experience. For more information have a look at the NVIDIA Blog.

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  • lobie81

    My Shield just arrived this afternoon from the US. I’ll pick it up from the courier tomorrow. The new update sounds pretty impressive.

    Just wondering, is there much of a market for Shields in Australia? I’m not convinced I’m going to keep mine, but it might not be particularly easy to off load…