NVIDIA Shield gets an update, allows gamers to store files on SD card

August 30, 2013
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    Owners of the NVIDIA Shield have a very nice update waiting for them.

    Yesterday, the NVIDIA team began rolling out Update 59 to Shield, which brought a host of performance updates. Perhaps most importantly, storage fiends can now move games to the SD Card, allowing for nearly unlimited storage. The full changelog is available on the NVIDIA website, but here’s the rundown:

    • Ability to move select app and game program (APK) files from SHIELD internal storage to the microSD card.
    • Improved Miracast streaming with Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro
    • Improved PC streaming stability, gamepad detection, and Wi–Fi performance
    • Support for Tegra developer tools: CPU sampling profiler (Tegra Profiler) and GPU analysis (PerfHUD ES).

    Top to bottom, that’s an improvement on just about every level: storage, game play, streaming, and development. The streaming improvements are definitely a boon for those of us who wish to use the TV, and added developer tools is always a bonus for users in the long run. Of course, gamepad improvements are never something we’ll turn down, either.

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    • Gabriel Deya

      omg! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      when i hear that i can’t install games in the MicroSD card i was like What? now this days the good games are like 2 or more GB so for what i want the Shield with just only 16 GB for install games?? now i think i will buy this Bad Boy :D

      • distill oratorio

        Pretty sure you can only install the apk, the game data (which takes up more storage) has to be on internal storage. This is an android issue not a shield one.

        • Thoru_dk

          Unfortunately this is true, according to the Shield FAQ. I know that Google did this for security reasons but the impossibility to move apps to the MicroSD just sucks.

        • deppman

          I own a shield and can confirm the ‘move to SD card’ has very limited value. Yesterday I used it to move all my shops to a 32gb SD card and saw … 0.5gb of increased internal space. Bummer.

          I hope this gets improved, because I have nearly maxed out my internal storage by installing nova 3, asphalt 8, shadow gun, and NFS most wanted. All of these have massive data files that do not get moved. :(

          The shield is a fantastic device, but this move does not resolve the limited storage available. If it wasn’t so awesome, we wouldn’t have this problem.

          The implication
          from nvidia is that they are working on moving data files too. That can’t come too soon.

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