The first-generation NVIDIA Shield TV is starting to receive software update 5.0 that adds many of the new features announced for the 2nd-gen Shield TV to the older hardware. Top on the list of additions is an Amazon Video app that, for the first time, brings all of Amazon’s streaming content to set-top box running Android TV.
The Amazon Video app on the Shield TV is a full-fledged app that gives full access to Prime Video, Amazon Channels, and more. The app’s interface looks just like the old Fire TV interface, and supports buying or renting content directly within the app using your Amazon account.
The 5.0 update also adds apps for NFL, Twitter, Comedy Central, Vimeo, and Viki, which are all also available on Fire TV devices. Not available on the Fire TV is NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming service which has received a performance increase with this latest update that now allows users to play games with up to GeForce GTX 1080 caliber gaming graphics. To make finding games a bit easier, the update has added a new NVIDIA Games App which lists GeForce NOW games, exclusive Android games, and GameStream titles. Those with a PC and compatible graphics card that can take advantage of NVIDIA GameStream can now use the Shield TV to remotely play their games in 4K HDR over their local network.
Other changes brought by the update are Android 7.0 Nougat, which brings with it a recent apps page, picture-in-picture support, and a new settings menu. Those with a Nest Cam can now also watch live video from their camera through the Shield TV.