NVIDIA Shield latest update brings Android 4.3, GamePad Mapper, and other features

NVIDIA SHIELD running Grand Theft Auto Vice City

So I just happen to crack up the box for the NVIDIA Shield the other day and out the box was impressed with the feel of the controller layout and how it worked with games such as Dead Trigger 2, Sonic 4: Episode 2, and other old school games such as Grand Theft Auto Vice City. One thing I wasn’t aware of was that trying to play other Android games it wouldn’t work right off the bat. This at first glance bothered me and I saw it as a downside to the device.

The very next day (luckily) I was surprised by a update to Android 4.3 and along with that brought a GamePad Mapper feature, Console Mode, and GameStream. Adding this feature brought gamepad support to close to 100 Android games already in the Play Store. If that wasn’t the case you now have the ability to set up your own controls. This is something severely needed and should make consumers happy adding increased value to the NVIDIA Shield. It is fairly easy if you take a look at the video below.

As mentioned earlier Console Mode allows you to connect your SHIELD to your HDTV and you’re able to sync a bluetooth controller. With this being done, you can play all your Android games and even browse the web with ease.

GameStream has finally had the BETA tag taken off and can sync your NVIDIA equipped PC(running the matched hardware) and you can play games such as Batman Arkham Origins, and upcoming game Assassin Creed IV: Black Flag. And this isn’t even mentioning the other hundreds of games available.

Android 4.3 brings the latest software available to the SHIELD and features such as expanded notifications, restricted profiles, and being able to move your games from the internal memory to a microSD to free up that space you love so much.

Right now its looking like a great time to own a NVIDIA Shield especially with the dedicated support provided to it.