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NVIDIA Shield TV update brings 120 Hz, voice chat, and more

Nvidia is still supporting its three-year old Android TV with even more features (Source: NVIDIA)
Nvidia is still supporting its three-year old Android TV with even more features (Source: NVIDIA)
It's common for Android TV consoles to receive just a few OTA updates before being forgotten. The Shield TV, however, is now up to its 20th update with no signs of slowing down. Nvidia has added 120 Hz output, voice chat, and more UI tweaks to its aging Android TV product to make it an even better streaming box.

The three-year old Tegra X1 can be considered ancient in the mobile world and yet it continues to chug along by being the heart of both the Nvidia Shield TV and the Nintendo Switch. The graphics maker is still squeezing the SoC for all its worth with a brand new update for the Shield TV.

Some key features as part of the Software Experience 7.1 OTA update include:

  • Voice Chat now supported in games
  • Shield Mobile TV App can now simulate mice and keyboards
  • Improved support for mice and keyboards including shortcuts
  • Google Assistant can now accept up to two languages at a time
  • New design for Netflix app
  • New voice commands for YouTube
  • Support for 120 Hz displays
  • Bugs and stability fixes

Additionally, the 7.1 update brings support for streaming Shadow of the Tomb Raider via GeForce Now. Owners can broadcast to Twitch, record, and take screenshots with the Nvidia Share feature as well.

The update begins rolling out today for all models of both Shield TV generations. See our review on the Shield TV for more information about the versatile machine.

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Homescreen has been completely redesigned with Android 8.0 (Source: NVIDIA)
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Allen Ngo, 2018-09-11 (Update: 2018-09-11)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.