Nvidia just made its Shield gaming console a lot more interesting. As promised, the company has rolled out an important update today, which will allow users to not only stream games from PCs when they are on the same network but also when they are outside their house. So, anyone with a fast internet connection will be able to play their favorite games on the go, just like they do at home.
The key features of the update include the above mentioned Remote GameStream app, support for laptops, Android version update, latest version of TegraZone and support for keyboard and mouse in console mode.
As said above, the highlight of the update is the new Remote Gamestream app. The app which is still in the beta stage works in the same way as the traditional GameStream app on the home Wi-Fi network. However, unlike GameStream which works when the user’s PC and Shield are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, Remote GameStream allows the user to play the same game on any internet network that they are connected to, provided it’s fast enough to stream some heavy data. So, a person who likes to play games 24 x 7 can now do so irrespective of the place where they are staying.
To make things simpler, Nvidia has added support for Wake on Lan feature which allows the user to boot their PC remotely with the help of the Shield console. The update also adds support for laptop GPUs and now laptops running GTX 600M, GTX 700M, and GTX 800M can stream games directly to the console.
The update also upgrades the Android version on the console. So, all Nvidia Shield devices should now be running the latest version of Android Kitkat 4.4.2. TegraZone is also updated and now there are over 100 games to choose from, for these Shield users.
Nvidia has made the ‘console mode’ a bit more interesting. Now shield supports keyboard and mouse in the console mode, making it easier for gamers to play their favorite games anywhere they like and with the same amount of precision controls and agility that they usually get on desktop PCs.
The update adds a lot of interesting features to the device and the lower price tag of $199 for this month should surely attract a lot of users. The Remote GameStream feature could really become the selling point for the device, that is, if it’s as smooth as the traditional GameStream mode.
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