NVIDIA Shield TV Gets Marshmallow Update – Here Is One Huge Change You Get In The Update

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Feb 23, 2016
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The long awaited Android Marshmallow update has finally rolled out for NVIDIA Shield TV, so let us show you guys a breakdown on what new features have been added to the company’s latest gaming console.

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With The Latest Update NVIDIA Shield TV Becomes The First Android Consumer Product To Support The New-Generation Vulkan Graphics API

According to the company, after receiving Google’s best mobile software update, NVIDIA Shield TV is officially the first ever Android consumer platform to provide support for the next-generation Vulkan graphics API. In addition to a host of improvements already provided by the product, support for the Vulkan graphics API has definitely set a new trend for gamers worldwide. For those of you who do not know about the Vulkan graphics API, allow us to debrief you on that.

Vulkan, which was initially referred to as glNext, is a very efficient cross-platform 3D graphics and compute API that surfaced at GDC 2015 thanks to the Khronos Group. Vulkan is derived from and built upon components of AMD’s Mantle API, which was donated by AMD to Khronos with the intent of giving Khronos a foundation on which to begin developing a low-level API that they could standardize across the industry, much like OpenGL.

Vulkan targets high-performance realtime 3D graphics applications such as games and interactive media across all platforms, and offers higher performance and lower CPU usage, much like Direct3D 12 and Mantle. In addition to its lower CPU usage, Vulkan is also able to better distribute work amongst multiple CPU cores.

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From today onwards, NVIDIA is equipping Android developers with fully loaded Vulkan drivers just one week after the specifications had officially launched. Furthermore, Google has also announced that Vulkan will be a core platform API in a future version of Android in order to define new echelons of user experiences. Now, coming to all the exciting new features that are going to be present inside NVIDIA Shield TV, they have been listed below:

  • Upgradable storage and home screen customization
  • Quick access to the power menu on the home screen by long pressing the ‘Back’ button
  • Seamless switching between surround sound and headset audio in Netflix app
  • Wireless support for SHIELD controller when charging via USB, including headset audio and voice search
  • Improved color support for YUV 4:2:0 video playback
  • Option to set 1080p 60Hz resolution on Ultra HD TVs
  • Option to set RGB Full Range via Settings > HDMI > Dynamic Range
  • Improved support for Denon receivers and CEC volume control for more audio receivers

What did you think of the new Vulkan API support that the gaming console is getting? Let us know your thoughts right away.

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