NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) has added a whole new set of video options to the Nvidia Shield including 4K Vudu, HDR Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Plex server.
The new additions expand on the entertainment options offered by the Nvidia Shield. Owners can now access 4K content on 4K VUDU app, the Plex server and the Netflix app which supports HDR. The device has only been in the market for a few months, and it is already capturing the attention of many people who prefer to stream their content. This is because the Nvidia Shield was designed to handle graphics demanding applications. The device was introduced as a gaming console to rival the Xbox One from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and the PlayStation 4 from Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE).
The Nvidia shield outperforms streaming boxes such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Apple TV box or the Amazon Fire TV box from Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). The new features are courtesy of a software update. The company claims that the Shield is now the first streaming box to start offering HDR-supported content on Netflix. Unfortunately, the library of HDR-supported movies and TV shows is limited though the company claims that there is more than 100 hours of HDR content.
The Plex app for the Shield is different from the regular Android TV app. It runs as a server and the Shield has the capacity to render content in HD. The device also supports 4K content on the VUDU app. Audio support on the Nvidia Shield supports Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound. The Shield also supports 4K streaming from YouTube at 60 FPS.
The software update brought an array of other apps on board the Shield’s interface. Spotify and WatchESPN are now supported, and other additions are expected in the future including Comedy Central, MTV, DisneyXD, Disney Jr., and Disney Channel among others.
The Nvidia shield is still sticking with its core focus which is online gaming. Some additions for gamers have also been included such as those for Borderlands 2.