Nvidia Shield drops today and aims to build on the foundation laid by last month's substantial update.
Arguably the biggest feature in the December update is 1080p streaming of supported PC games to your television. With a bluetooth controller, Nvidia Shield owners can play Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Skyrim and any of the 63 as-of-now supported PC games in all their intended 1080p, 60 frames per second glory.
In addition to the streaming, there is now a greater range of Gamepad Mapper options for customizing controls. With these new options, Nvidia Shield users can transfer any motion controls – such as tilting the device – to the thumbsticks or any other physical button on the Shield. First-perspective games can now have movement mapped to the thumbsticks, much like how other first-person games are presented on consoles.
The introduction of these new control options has necessitated the need for community curation, as Nvidia is introducing a rating and sharing system for custom control schemes alongside this update. Users can browse, rate and share custom controller-mapping profiles, which should help cut down on the time required to create and employ these setups.