The 2015 Shield TV is getting a big update.

Update: NVIDIA ended up delaying the update. But the good news is that it's now live, a mere ten days after the original announcement. The Nougat update you're likely receiving now, a week and a half after it was intended for you, will bring the older NVIDIA Shield up to par with the current model. It'll also help prep the device for its eventual compatibility with Google Assistant.

The original NVIDIA Shield Android TV is receiving its Shield Experience 5.0 update as we speak, bringing it to par with the updated (and improved) 2017 model.

But because 2015 version of the set-top box share largely the same internals as the new one, NVIDIA has boosted its functionality through an update to Android TV based on Nougat.

These are the major improvements:

  • Amazon Video in 4K HDR
  • NVIDIA Games app replaces the SHIELD Hub (consolidation)
  • Improvements to GeForce NOW
  • In-home GameStream gets a 4K HDR upgrade
  • New games for Shield
  • Nest support
  • New apps like Twitter, NFL, Comedy Central
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with picture-in-picture, recent apps, and update settings menu

More: Your original NVIDIA Shield Android TV isn't being left behind