Nvidia's Shield handheld console is scheduled to ship tomorrow. In preparation for the big launch, Nvidia has posted a fresh set of GeForce beta drivers—the first ones to include support for Shield's PC game streaming technology.
For those who missed the memo: Shield can play Android titles, but it's also designed to stream games from GeForce GTX-powered PCs over Wi-Fi. Nvidia demoed that capability at CES earlier this year, and it looked pretty impressive, with minimal lag and smooth performance. That said, the official Shield website states that streaming will be available as a "BETA feature" at first. (The word "beta" is bolded and capitalized.)
Shield streaming support is about the only thing of note in these GeForce 326.41 beta drivers. They're also billed as a "recommended driver update for the Windows 8.1 Preview," and they include the same performance improvements as the 326.19 betas, which Nvidia rolled out earlier this month. But none of that is terribly exciting.
In any case, you can grab the 326.41 betas in both 64-bit and 32-bit flavors at Nvidia.com. Folks running Windows XP and gaming on notebooks will want to use Nvidia's Advanced Driver Search to find the appropriate download for their PC.
(Thanks to TR reader SH SOTN for the heads up.)