When Nvidia's Shield handheld game console came out on July 31, the device's killer feature—its ability to stream games from a PC in real time—was marked as beta. That hasn't changed. However, Nvidia is still hard at work fine-tuning the feature. For the second time this month, the company has rolled out a software update with refinements specific to PC game streaming.
Here are the full release notes for today's update. The streaming improvements are third on the list; other enhancements include a new option to move games and apps to the Shield's microSD storage:
- Ability to move select app and game program (APK) files from SHIELD internal storage to the microSD card. Learn more at http://shield.nvidia.com/faq
- Improved Miracast streaming with Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro (requires ScreenBeam firmware release 188.8.131.52 or higher).
- Improved PC streaming stability, gamepad detection, and Wi–Fi performance
- Support for Tegra developer tools: CPU sampling profiler (Tegra Profiler) and GPU analysis (PerfHUD ES). Learn more at https://developer.nvidia.com/tegra-android-development-pack
Another, smaller Shield update dated August 12 also addressed audio latency in PC streaming mode. Sound lag was one of the sticking points mentioned in the first round of reviews for the device.
Shield owners should be able to grab the latest software straight from the device. Nvidia says the process involves opening up "Settings," then "About SHIELD," and then "System updates." The PC streaming feature also requires Nvidia's GeForce Experience software—and it doesn't work with all PCs.