Nvidia announced a new, upgraded version of its Shield TV streaming box at CES 2017 that due to come out soon, but the company isn't leaving the original 2015 model out in the cold. As promised, the "Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0" update was released today for the older box, adding several of the new features that Nvidia announced for the upcoming 2017 version of the Shield TV, which the company announced is available today.
The update brings the 2015 Shield TV up to Android 7.0 Nougat, adds apps for Amazon Video, Twitter, NFL, and Comedy Central, and offers a new Nvidia Games hub as a centralized place to access games. Additionally, the GeForce Now cloud streaming has been upgraded to offer up to GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, while the local GameStream feature can now stream games from your gaming PC at up to 4K HDR.
Meanwhile, for users who want to upgrade, the new 2017 model, which offers improved performance and Google Assistant smart home control, along with the other aforementioned features, is available now for $199.99. The $299.99 version of the Shield TV, the Shield Pro — which adds a 500GB hard drive and comes with a free controller — is also now available for preorder, but no concrete release date has been announced.