NVIDIA has rolled out an update for its Shield Portable game console, bringing Android 5.1 to the handheld game console and adding support for Google Chromecast.
This lets you stream content from the Shield Portable to a TV with a Chromecast, Android TV device, or any other hardware that supports the Google Cast protocol.
But the update also removes some features.
The update removes support for Miracast wireless display streaming, removes the Android Browser (which you probably don’t need since you have Chrome anyway), and removes a few games including Sonic 4, Episode II and Expendable: Rearmed.
Why are the games disappearing? Because they aren’t supported by Android 5.1. The same goes for Miracast.
Shield Portable Upgrade version 103 also fixes Google Play Books bug and updated the Twitch app to the latest version.
NVIDIA should be rolling out the new software through an over-the-air update.
The Shield Portable is a handheld device with a 5 inch, 720 pixel display and a built-in game controller. It features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and mini HDMI output.
While the handheld isn’t as powerful as the newer Shield Tablet or Shield TV devices, it’s cheaper, with a list price of $199. Unfortunately the Shield Portable doesn’t appear to be in stock at most stores, so today’s update will most likely be useful only to folks that already have one.
via Droid Life