The above video shows off just a smattering of some of the new features that just made their way to the NVIDIA Shield. The device was just updated to Android 4.3, but that isn't nearly the whole picture. A ton of new features and functions have been added to the device which unlock the massive potential of the device even further. Here's a breakdown of the biggest highlights:
  • Android 4.3: Shield is now one of the first few devices to get the most current version of Android - Also some apps can now be moved to the SD card.
  • Custom control mapping: Because not every game and app has been optimized for the device NVIDIA's created a way to setup custom mappings. You can even download others' mappings and share with friends.
  • Console mode: You can now plug the Shield into your TV and control it wirelessly using a Bluetooth gaming controller - this basically converts it into a much more advanced version of an OUYA.
  • GameStream exits beta: This feature is no longer in beta as they have fine-tuned it to their liking.

Here's a cool new NVIDIA video ad for the device.

Also, there's something of particular note regarding the upgrade of GameStream from beta. NVIDIA is offering a pretty cool deal as a celebration for the "event." Here's a quote from them with the details,

Drop the BETA

NVIDIA GameStream improves the streaming experience, putting PC games in the palm of your hand. It’s optimized for game-speed Wi-Fi with ultra-low latency and now up to 60 frames per second. GameStream coupled with Console Mode means you can now play PC games on your big screen TV in 720p without having to drag your PC into the living room.

PC streaming officially supports more than 50 of the best PC games, including 2013 blockbuster holiday releases such as “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.”

To celebrate the official release of GameStream, for a limited time NVIDIA will offer up to $100 off SHIELD plus free copies of “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Splinter Cell: Blacklist” and “Batman: Arkham Origins” with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards. We recommend all users upgrade to a GameStready-Ready Wi-Fi router.

Starting today, select resellers and system builders will be offering the bundle – be sure to check for a list of participating partners.
Finally, just to give you guys a bit more info, here's a list below of the games which have compatibility with the Gamepad Mapper immediately on release.


Source: NVIDIA & Retailers for the Shield