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NVIDIA Shield TV early access brings 120Hz support and screen recording

Make your gaming extra crispy with support for 120Hz refresh rates, and then record it with NVIDIA Share.

Published onAugust 30, 2018

The NVIDIA Shield TV console and controller.
  • The latest NVIDIA Shield TV early access release brings Shield Experience to version 7.1.
  • Although the update doesn’t bring Android 8.1 Oreo, it does bring 120Hz support and screen recording via NVIDIA Share.
  • The 7.1 update is in early access at the moment and will thus likely get a wide release in the next month or so.

If you’re a member of the NVIDIA Shield TV early access program, you’ll likely receive an update to Shield Experience 7.1 at some point soon. Although there’s a “.1” in there, don’t get too excited: it is not an upgrade to Android 8.1 Oreo.

Rather, Shield Experience 7.1 is still based on Android 8.0 Oreo but it brings (or brings back) a lot of features that should get all Shield TV owners excited. Keep in mind, this update is rolling out to early access users only; the stable build of 7.1 likely will roll out in a month or so.

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The biggest update with Shield Experience 7.1 is the addition of support for 120Hz monitors and televisions. If you have a TV or monitor that is capable of 120Hz refresh rates, your NVIDIA Shield TV will work with it to show exceptionally smooth gameplay.

You’ll now be able to record that smooth gameplay with NVIDIA Share, which is screen recording/screenshot software that lets you share your images and videos (like ShadowPlay, but not).

Here’s the highlights list of changes coming with Shield Experience 7.1, via XDA Developers:

If you own any of the three NVIDIA Shield TV products, you can enroll in the early access program by clicking here. For clarity, the three Shield TV products are:

  • NVIDIA Shield (2015)
  • NVIDIA Shield Pro
  • NVIDIA Shield (2017)

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