This software update — SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 8.2 — is the 25th for owners of the original SHIELD TV. It’s a remarkable run, spanning more than 5 years since the first SHIELD TVs launched in May 2015.
The latest upgrade brings a host of new features and improvements for daily streamers and media enthusiasts.
One of the fan-favourite features for the newest SHIELD TVs is the AI upscaler. It works by training a neural network model on countless images. Deployed on 2019 SHIELD TVs, the AI model can then take low-resolution video and produce incredible sharpness and enhanced details no traditional scaler can recreate. Edges look sharper. Hair looks scruffier. Landscapes pop with striking clarity.
Today’s upgrade adds more UHD 4K upscaling support from 360p to 1440p content. And on 2019 SHIELD TV Pros, we added support for 60fps content. Now SHIELD can upscale live sports on HD TV and HD video from YouTube to 4K with AI. In the weeks ahead, following an update to the NVIDIA Games app in September, we’ll add 4K 60fps upscaling to GeForce NOW.
The customizable menu button on the new SHIELD remote is another popular addition to the family. It’s getting two more actions to customize.
In addition to an action assigned to a single press, users can now configure a custom action for double press and long press. With over 25 actions available, the SHIELD remote is now the most customizable remote for streamers. This powerful feature works with all SHIELD TVs and the SHIELD TV app, available on the Google Play Store and iOS App Store.
More to Be Enthusiastic About
We take pride in SHIELD being a streaming media player enthusiasts can be, well, enthusiastic about. With our latest software upgrade, we’re improving our IR and CEC volume control support.
These upgrades include support for digital projectors, and allowing functionality when SHIELD isn’t active. It also adds IR volume control when using the SHIELD TV app, and when you’ve paired your Google Home with SHIELD. The 2019 SHIELD remote adds IR control to change the input source on TVs, AVRs and soundbars.
Additionally, earlier SHIELD generations — both 2015 and 2017 models — now have an option to match the frame rate of displayed content.
We’ve added native SMBv3 support as well, providing faster and more secure connections between PC and SHIELD. SMBv3 now works without requiring a PLEX media server.
With SHIELD, there’s always more to love. Download the latest software upgrade today, and check out the release notes for a complete list of all the new features and improvements.
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