NVIDIA Shield getting Android 4.3 update with console mode

NVIDIA has started rolling a new software update for its Shield portable gaming console. Available over-the-air now, it is a pretty major update, which brings Android 4.3, new console mode and several other features to the device. 427.3MB in size, the update will automatically reach your NVIDIA Shield consoles.

“There’s no way to match the visceral thrill of taking command of a game with a console-quality controller. That’s why we’ve unleashed a massive update to our SHIELD gaming portable that allows gamers to use SHIELD to take control of thousands more Android games originally designed for touch screens. And that’s just one of the big new features crammed into our latest software update, available now,” NVIDIA wrote in a blog post.

Here is a look at what’s new in Shield software update 60:

  • Platform update to Android 4.3
  • Ability to move large games/ apps and their assets to microSD card
  • Holding home button now launches Google Now, double tapping launches the multitasking interface
  • PC Streaming feature is out of beta and has been included in the update with a new name – GameStream
  • Console mode, with which Shield can be connected to a TV over HDMI and used in conjunction with a Bluetooth controller to stream PC games into the living room
  • Gamepad mapper, which maps and emulates on screen touches from the controller

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