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Review: Nvidia Shield 3.2 Update – HDR, Plex Media Server, & More


For the last year the Nvidia Shield has been the most powerful media player on the market. Now, just over a year after it was released, Nvidia is giving it a new major upgrade with the 3.2 update.

Here are the major improvements you can find in the 3.2 update that is now available.

YouTube

YouTube will now support 60FPS 4K videos, offering the best possible 4K experience from YouTube.

HDR Ultra HD Premium Support

The first major update is HDR Ultra HD Premium support for video and video games. HDR gives you more and sharper colors compared to standard 4K. Netflix will be the first video app to support the new HDR Ultra HD Premium and should have over 100 HDR titles by August.

Universal Search

Nvidia Shield, which supports over 60 apps, now supports universal search results (Sling, Google Play, Starz, YouTube, Hulu, HBO Go, VUDU, Showtime, and more).

Dolby ATMOS

Nvidia Shield is upgrading their Dolby support to Dolby’s new ATMOS standard offering the best sound experience possible.

Plex Media Server

For the first time a streaming media player will now also be a media server. Starting with update 3.2 you will be able to install the Plex Media Server on your Nvidia Shield and stream content from your Shield to your phone, tablet, or other Plex-enabled devices.

The Plex Media Server on Nvidia Shield will support the following:

  • 4K + HDR
  • Voice search
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Private listening
  • Dolby pass-through

You will even be able to attach an NAS server to your Nvidia Shield for additional storage and still take advantage of the power the Nvidia Shield offers.

Wondering how to get your content on to the Nvidia Shield? With update 3.2 you will be able to drag-and-drop content from your PC to your Nvidia Shield.

Put together the 3.2 update keeps the Nvidia Shield on the cutting edge of streaming players.

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  • Randy Brooks

    Don’t forget the addition of VUDU. That was a big deal for me.

  • Gerry Allen

    Unfortunately, the Shield has not drawn attention to more niche apps like Acorn TV and Met Opera On-demand. The Roku remains the best streaming device all around.