Nvidia Sweetens Shield Console with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Price Drop to $199 Through April

Paul Lilly

OTA update adds new and enhanced features to Nvidia's Shield handheld

Owners of Nvidia's Shield console are in for a treat. On April 2, Nvidia will begin rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update that upgrades the device's Android platform to Android 4.4.2 KitKat , though that's not the only feature upgrade. It also adds a bunch of GameStream enhancements, including some beta goodies such as notebook support, Wake on LAN, and remote login support, which will allow users to log into a locked PC remotely from Shield.

This is really just the tip of the iceberg. Following the update, you'll be able to use a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard and mouse to play games on your big screen TV in Console Mode. While still on the topic of GameStream, Shield owners will be able to add unofficially supported games to their GameStream list from GeForce Experience, use a USB Y-cable to charge the Shileld when using Ethernet in Console Mode with a micro USB Host OTG Y cable, and manually set the bitrate, FPS, and optimal settings preference in TegraZone.

There's a new user interface for TegraZone that's intended to help gamers have an easier time organizing and discovering games, as well as give them access to an integrated news feed for the latest Shield and TegraZone articles. To date, there are over 140 games in TegraZone

Still on the fence? To give potential buyers a nudge, Nvidia is temporarily dropping the price of Shield to $199 from today through the end of April.

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