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Review: Nvidia Shield 5.0 Update


Nvidia is rolling out the 5.0 update to all Nvidia Shields new and old. We went hands on to take a look at the new 5.0 update running on a second gen Nvidia Shield.

Amazon Video

The main reason the first generation Nvidia Shield was not one of my most recommended streaming players was the lack of Amazon Video support. Amazon Video is the number 2 subscription service in the United States and rents more movies than Redbox, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.

Starting later this month Nvidia Shield will have its own Amazon Video app. The app looks similar to the new Roku Amazon Video app. This marks the first time an Android TV player will have an official Amazon Video app helping it stand out from other Android TV players.

My Final Thoughts

The new updates to the Nvidia Shield make it a streaming player I recommend for cord cutters. The best part is if you already have a Nvidia Shield you can just buy the new game controller for all the features the second generation Nvidia Shield has to offer.

If you passed over the Nvidia Shield in the past it is time to give the Nvidia Shield a second look.

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  • Robert Simandl

    Some of us Shield owners have sideloaded an Amazon app already. Will we need to uninstall that before the system update that has a preloaded Amazon app?

    • NashGuy

      It might be a good idea. Don’t know if the new app will overwrite the old one, exist alongside it, or fail to install. The new officially-supported Amazon app will be better, as it provides UHD and HDR content.

  • Gary Milbrand

    How did you get the Apps row above the Games row? Is this with the 5.0 update? On the MiBox it has the Apps row first, but on the Shield the Games row has always been on top. I primarily use my Shield as a TV streamer and less as a gaming device. Thanks! (the review was great, too!)

  • Rossi Taylor

    I purchase the new NVidia Shield TV and was wondering how do you use the Google Assistant without using the remote control. They advertise being able to use it hand free with your TV

  • Joseph Oliveira

    You guys recommend Shield or Shield Pro? Seems like $100… is a lot for an 500GB SSHD.

  • Devonian Wrighton

    Nvidia Shield Server upgraded 5.2 Plex, & Kodi, HDHomeRun