The April software update for the NVIDIA Shield has arrived. The update bumps the Shield from Android 4.4 KitKat to 4.4.2. New in the April update are betas for Remote GameStream and laptops, a keyboard and mouse support in console mode, and an updated TegraZone.
Remote GameStream works, as far as the user is concerned, the same was as standard GameStream. Except instead of streaming games from your PC over your home Wi-Fi network, you're instead able to stream them over the internet to your Shield. Remote GameStream also supports Wake on LAN so you can remotely turn on your computer and enter your password through the Shield.
Previously only NVIDIA GeForce GTX-equipped desktop PCs were compatible with GameStream, but with the April Shield update you can add GTX 600M, GTX 700M, and GTX 800M laptops to the compatibility list and cover all of your mobile gaming bases.
The full April shield update feature list follows.
April SHIELD Software Upgrade Features
- Remote GameStream Beta
- Notebook Support Beta
- Console Mode: Now Keyboard & Mouse Compatible
- Gamepad Mapper Improvements
- New TegraZone
- Android 4.4.2 "KitKat"
- GameStream Quality Controls
- Multi-PC Pairing
- 1080p Console Mode Battery Charging