Nvidia Shield's April update includes remote streaming

Nvidia Shield will receive a major update on April 2, updating its OS to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and introducing the ability to stream games from outside a user's home.

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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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    March 25, 2014 4:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Nvidia Shield's April update includes remote streaming.

    Nvidia Shield will receive a major update on April 2, updating its OS to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and introducing the ability to stream games from outside a user's home.

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      March 25, 2014 5:20 PM

      This is cool shit. Honestly though I'd rather Nvidia just made a really nice controller that they pushed for PC use. Then made apps to push it for tablet/phone use as well and leveraged this tech as part of that.