New NVIDIA SHIELD Software Update Released: GAMESTREAM At 1080p, 60 FPS
The October Software Update introduced NVIDIA SHIELD users to Console Mode, enabling native 1080p output of Android games and 720p, 60 frames per second streaming of PC games on an HDTV using a wireless Bluetooth controller. This critically-lauded addition was powered by GAMESTREAM, the officially released version of the wireless PC game streaming technology that burst onto the gaming scene alongside SHIELD earlier in the year.
Today, we’re launching the December Software Update. 720p, 60 FPS Console Mode has been improved, and new games have been officially supported. Plus, we’ve launched 1080p, 60 FPS PC Gaming Console Mode, giving you the ultimate level of image quality in the latest-and-greatest PC games. Officially supported 1080p, 60 FPS games include Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Crysis 3, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. 1080p will be enabled for more games on a weekly basis, so check the SHIELD website for the most up-to-date list.
To learn how to configure Console Mode for 1080p, 60 FPS PC gaming check out our in-depth NVIDIA SHIELD User Guide, which gives you the lowdown on every single one of SHIELD’s many functions.
The December SHIELD Software Update also introduces new features and functionality for Gamepad Mapper, another one of October’s game-changing innovations. With Gamepad Mapper, SHIELD users can map any touchscreen game function to a physical button on the console-grade SHIELD controller. For example, if a platform game requires repeated upwards swiping to jump, jumping can instead be mapped to ‘A’. With the December update, that functionality is extended to mapping gyroscope, motion-based movements to physical controls. In Temple Run and Bike Race, for instance, you are required to angle your device to the side to dodge enemies and obstacles, or rotate your bike for the perfect landing. Now, these unwieldy movements can be mapped to analog thumbstick movements, enabling you to map a leftwards lean to a leftwards push of the analog thumbstick.
For first-person perspective games such as Mass Effect™ Infiltrator, we’ve enabled a new analog stick function, which allows the left thumbstick to be bound to movement, and the right thumbstick to look around, making such titles far more enjoyable to play. And in cursor-controlled games, like Angry Birds, we’ve introduced a new function called accelerated cursor that keeps the cursor at the point where it was left, rather than having it return to the center of the screen.
Configuring these and other games to use Gamepad Mappers controls can be time consuming, which is why NVIDIA automatically downloads pre-created profiles for the most popular titles direct to your device. To help facilitate community-generated profiles, we are introducing a new community profile beta feature that gives users the ability to share, browse, and rate gamepad mapping profiles. You will be able to browse and download user-created profiles, create and share profiles to your favorite Android games, and rate and comment on user-generated mapping profiles that have been shared.
As with Console Mode, complete details can be found in the NVIDIA SHIELD User Guide.
We’ve also added the option to automatically hide the Android task bar – to bring it back, simply swipe down from the top of the screen. This reduces screen clutter and gives you a full screen experience at all times.
Plus, SHIELD owners in Northern California now have exclusive access to our NVIDIA GRID cloud gaming beta. GRID lets you instantly stream high-quality PC games to your SHIELD. To participate in the GRID beta you’ll need an NVIDIA SHIELD gaming portable, an internet connection with at least a 10 Mbps download speed, a home network with 40 ms or less ping time to the GRID cloud gaming servers in San Jose, CA, and a NVIDIA GameStream™-Ready 5 GHz Wi-Fi router. We want to learn about your experiences, so be sure to tell us what you think about GRID by visiting the GRID beta forum. You can find more information about GRID on the SHIELD website.
If you’re looking for something to play on your NVIDIA SHIELD, there have been plenty of new releases in the past month. On the Google Play and TegraZone stores there is GT Racing 2 and Zombie Tycoon 2, each with native SHIELD controls or Tegra-enhanced effects, and on PC, there’s Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Batman: Arkham Origins, which are both supported by GeForce Experience 1.8, GAMESTREAM at 1080p, 60 FPS, and Console Mode, and feature NVIDIA-exclusive special effects that leverage the power of modern GeForce GTX graphics cards.
Finally, if you didn’t catch our Black Friday weekend promotion, today is the last day to cash in on the special SHIELD bundle: Get SHIELD + official SHIELD Carrying Case + 2 Android games + Free Shipping, all for just $249. Offer good while supplies last, so order now from the SHIELD website.
To download the NVIDIA SHIELD December Software Update, to get your hands on all that goodness, navigate to Settings --> About SHIELD --> System Updates, and click “Check Now”. For more on SHIELD, make sure to check out the NVIDIA SHIELD website.