NVIDIA Shield TV update rolls out with new Google Assistant features and more

Just in time for binge-watching TV shows over the long Thanksgiving weekend, NVIDIA is rolling out a new update for its Android TV-based Shield TV set-top devices. The 6.2 Experience Update includes new Google Assistant support for several of Shield TV’s services.

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Specifically, you can now use voice commands to launch videos on VUDU and Plex, along with controlling Ecobee thermostats, Logitech Circle cameras, and LG’s SmartThinQ appliance. The update also adds HDR video support for VUDU TV shows and movies, and adds two new apps, Disney’s Movies Anywhere and the Hotstar app for watching popular movies and shows from India. You can cast music from Amazon Music from your Android phone to the Shield TV with this update. As we previously reported, you can now also download and play the Shield TV exclusive Android port of the classic third-person action game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Also, you can stream and play the PC versions of Bungie’s sci-fi shooter Destiny 2 via the NVIDIA GameStream service, along with FIFA 18 and Star Wars Battlefront II.

Finally, the 2.6 software download includes the latest Android security patches, along with a SHIELD TV 2017 firmware update for its remote, which offers improved responsiveness. Keep in mind that NVIDIA is currently running a Shield TV Black Friday game sale, with prices as low as 75 percent on some titles, from now until Nov. 27. You can also get the set top box itself for the reduced price of $169.99 at Amazon and Best Buy.

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