Nvidia Shield's April update includes remote streaming

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 25, 2014 4:30pm PDT

The Nvidia Shield is slated to receive a major update on April 2. In addition to upgrading its operating system to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the update will also seek to expand the system's GameStream feature beyond the home and allow users to stream their PC games from anywhere using a Wi-Fi connection.

The out-of-home GameStream feature (which will go into beta with April's update) will allow users to remotely stream games from their PC onto their Shield using a remote Wi-Fi hotspot or, according to Polygon, their smartphone's 4G LTE connection by using the phone as a hotspot. Remote streaming will require a minimum Wi-Fi bandwidtch of 5Mbps.

The April 2 update will also introduce other new beta features, like the ability to stream games from laptops, Gamestream support for non-gaming software, and support for Bluetooth keyboards and mice.

In an effort to attract new buyers, the Shield will also receive a temporary price cut, bringing the cost down to $199 through the end of April.

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