You can now stream Amazon Video content and your PC game library in 4K.
Nvidia’s latest Shield software update brings 4K streaming content from Amazon Video to the Android TV box, as well as the ability to stream your PC games to your living room TV in 4K.
The Shield, which got a hardware refresh at CES this month, is intended as a showpiece for Nvidia’s latest and greatest gaming technology. It works by harnessing the power of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX graphics cards via the cloud—assuming you have a fast-enough Internet connection, you don’t actually need to purchase a top-of-the-line video card.
Version 5.0 of the Shield software, which Nvidia released on Thursday, adds GTX 1080 graphics processors to the mix of cloud-connected cards that power the Shield. It also lets you play your library of PC games in 4K HDR thanks to what Nvidia says is “smoother, lower-latency streaming.” Local processing tasks, including video streaming, are handled by an Nvidia Tegra X1 processor.
Other updates in version 5.0 include new streaming apps from the NFL, Twitter, Comedy Central, Vimeo, and Viki, as well as support for a handful of additional games, the most notable of which is probably No Man’s Sky. There’s also new support for feeds from Nest webcams, part of Nvidia’s effort to position the Shield TV as a connected home hub.
While Amazon 4K streaming and the rest of the 5.0 update gives first-generation Shield owners a reason to celebrate (and perhaps not to buy the newer version of the console), this not the first time they’ve been able to stream in 4K and HDR. HDR support for Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube actually rolled last summer with version 3.2.