Nvidia announce Shield TV upgrades

Nvidia have confirmed that they will be announcing a wide range of upgrades for the Shield TV box at the CES conference which will be held in Las Vegas this week.

These upgrades will include a long awaited upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, although an exact date for when the upgrade will be available has yet to be confirmed. On top of that, Shield users can look forward to getting their hands on Konami’s Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and a hole host of apps to “further establish Shield as one of the leaders in the media streaming industry.”

The latest version of Android is something that has long been hoped for within the Nvidia community, so this latest confirmation is sure to be greeted with strong enthusiasm. The main reason for the excitement around the software upgrade is down to the fact that Marshmallow brings in Adoptable Storage – the ability to recognise external storage (such as USB sticks, SD cards or external hard drives) and treat them as internal memory. As a result, Shield users can expect a massive increase the storage capabilities currently available on the Shield without any latency around accessing the data that they need for media streaming or gaming.

On the gaming front, Nvidia have also promised that the launch of Metal Gear Rising  will “push the boundaries of graphics, style and lightning-speed gameplay on a media streaming device.” If that’s the case, then they’re right to be excited – the game is clearly a well recognised title and if it performs as well as Nvidia hopes that it will do, then it serve as a poster-child for the potential of the Nvidia gaming store.

This store is something that Nvidia have been pushing hard since the launch of the TV box and shows real potential given the quality of the games available for streaming (we’re not talking about App store games here!) and the gaming control pad that the Shield ships with. In short, it will be truly interesting to see how the Metal Gear franchises pans out as it could pave the way for a number of other big game titles to get involved with the Nvidia process.

On a slightly smaller note, Nvidia have also promised that software updates will mean that the startup process for the Shield TV box will be optimised. Fewer steps will be needed and a shorter time period will be required to launch your favourite apps and games, although Nvidia haven’t gone into any more detail as to how they’re planning on doing this.

For more information, you can check out Nvidia’s official statement on their own blog.