Nvidia brings a number of new features to the tubular streaming devices Shield TV and Shield TV Pro released last year. Older models are also being improved. The company patted its back with a blog post celebrating the 25th software update for Shield TV. It's fair to say that Nvidia knows its audience, and this latest round of upgrades is aimed at home theater enthusiasts and streaming power users.
The impressive 4K upscaling feature with AI support of Shield TV and Shield TV Pro for 2019 now works in addition to the previously supported resolutions for 720p and 1080p with 360p and 1440p content. (The Pro model can now upscale 60fps content, which should come in handy for sports.)
Owners of the newer Shield TVs can now do more with the remote control: the customizable menu button can now be assigned actions for double and long presses. According to Nvidia, you can choose from a total of 25 actions, so that goes beyond shortcuts for your favorite apps. (If you bought the remote separately for an older Shield TV, you get these advanced customizations too.)
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The support of the IR and CEC volume control was improved in the last update. It supports digital projectors and the ability to adjust the volume even when the shield itself is not active. "Also, the IR volume control is added if you are using the Shield TV app and have paired your Google Home with Shield. The 2019 Shield remote adds an IR control to change the input source of TVs, AVRs and soundbars" said Nvidia.
And the last good news for home theater nerds: According to Nvidia, older models of the Shield (2015 and 2017) have the option to always adjust the frame rate of the displayed content.