NVIDIA Shield will be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update next week. As that’s usually the case with major firmware bumps, in addition to the new features that come as part of the new version of Google’s mobile platform, NVIDIA also included some of its own features and tweaks.
Notably, GameStream — which allows users to stream games from a remote server or computer to the Shield — is getting a number of improvements and now enables game streaming from a properly-equipped gaming PC at home (select laptops included) rather than just an NVIDIA server. You can now use Bluetooth keyboards and mice when streaming games with your Shield in Console Mode connected to a TV. Video streaming quality got a bump as well, going from 720p to 1080p at 60 fps. You also get a better control over the settings for adjusting FPS, bitrate and other stuff for the best experience in your own situation.
A new TegraZone comes included, all with a new interface that helps game discovery and a “news feed” to keep up on TegraZone titles.
Finally, NVIDIA decided to slash the price of the Shield to $199, making the portable console appealing to the wider audience… which doesn’t necessarily includes hard-core gamers, only. Anyone in?