Aug 29th, 2013


NVIDIA has announced the availability of a new OTA update for the SHIELD, the gaming handheld that they hope will take the handheld gaming and mobile world by storm in the months to come (read our NVIDIA SHIELD review to see if it has what it takes to do just that). This is software update “59,” bringing with it a few enhancements that should make a lot of people happy. For starters, you now have the ability to move app and app data to the device’s SD card, giving you a lot more storage to work with for downloading games and apps than what the SHIELD provides out of the box.

NVIDIA also improved Miracast support with streaming through Actiontec’s ScreenBeam Pro. Be sure you’re on the latest firmware — as of the time of this writing — to be sure everything works properly. Beyond all of that, NVIDIA is touting improved PC streaming stability, gamepad detection, and WiFi Performance, as well as support for more Tegra developer tools such as the Tegra CPU sampling profiler and the PerfHUD ES GPU analysis tool.

You’ll want to head to Settings > About SHIELD > System updates to pull it down, and be sure to visit NVIDIA’s website for more details from the release notes (particularly if you want to learn how to take advantage of the apps to SD feature or the included developer tools).

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