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Nvidia Shield adds Console Mode

"Massive" update for portable introduces new mode where players can connect a Bluetooth controller to play games on TV.

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Nvidia today released a "massive" update for Nvidia Shield that introduces, among other things, "Console Mode" for the $300 Android-powered system. To enable Console Mode, users can connect their Shield to an HDTV via HDMI and pair it with any Bluetooth controller.

Today, October 28, also marks the official arrival of GameStream, Nvidia's streaming service that was previously in beta. GameStream--compatible with Console Mode--allows users to stream games through the Nvidia Shield to their television set at 720p, 60fps. Nvidia plans to support 1080p sometime later.

Nvidia Shield's GameStream service supports more than 50 games in all, including Batman: Arkham Origins and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Players who wish to stream PC gameplay to their Nvidia Shield need to have a rig setup with a GeForce GTX 650 card or better.

Lastly, the Nvidia Shield update today introduces Android 4.3, which brings restricted profiles, expandable notifications, and other various tweaks. What's more, a new Shield Gamepad Mapper is featured, which allows users to create custom controls for Android games.

More information about today's Nvidia Shield update is available at the company's website and in the video below.

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