Nvidia Shield Portable Gets Lollipop Update

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NVIDIA Shield Portable Android 5.1 Update Arrives.

This update fixes a problem with not being able to read books in the Google Play Books app, and it also removes apps and features not supported by this version of the OS.

NVIDIA has rolled out an update for its Shield Portable game console, bringing Android 5.1 to the handheld game console and adding support for Google Chromecast. However, it’s only been since February and that update, aka Software Upgrade 101, merely improved stability and implemented fixes that makes emulators run better than before. Obviously, you’ll find the standard, chaotic fun of boxing in your friends behind a soon-to-explode object, but there’s a little more to the experience than that.

Naturally Shield Portable owners have had to wait for a considerable amount of time to get a taste of Lollipop but now that the update is finally here they can get down to the business of downloading and installing it on their device. This lets you stream content from the Shield Portable to a TV with a Chromecast, Android TV device, or any other hardware that supports the Google Cast protocol. The update removes support for Miracast wireless display streaming, removes the Android Browser (which you probably don’t need since you have Chrome anyway), and removes a few games including Sonic 4, Episode II and Expendable: Rearmed. We’re not quite sure how many users actually use Miracast to stream their games from this device, but the company must have a good reason for removing support.

However, this does force those who still want Miracast’s functionality and do not have Google’s digital media player to either stay with Android 5.0 or update to 5.1 and buy a Chromecast. It’s important to be smart about which of the eight playable characters you choose, because each has their own special ability that can make a big difference in battle.

Miracast support has also been replaced with Chromecast. “Please note that we also included the latest Twitch app (white Twitch icon) in this system update,” Nvidia said on Thursday. “If you previously updated the Twitch app on KitKat (purple Twitch icon), you will note after installing the new system update that you will have two Twitch apps (white and purple Twitch icons). NVIDIA has started rolling out the update today, it weighs in at over 430MB so expect to wait a while as it downloads particularly if you have a slow internet connection.

The goal is to hit your opponents with them and knock them off of the stage, a clever change of pace that ends up being just as impactful as the standard mode. Instead of killing off enemies, you’re out to lay down bombs all over the stage to cover it in your personal paint, and your friends are doing the same. Your character has a collection of friendly characters trailing behind them, and you need to protect the lot of them from the oncoming hordes of minions.

It’s also a serious little piece of gaming hardware, though, ready to stream HD games from NVIDIA’s GRID service or straight from your PC, and there’s a range of new and classic titles available that have been remastered especially to take advantage of the SHIELD’s top-end Tegra X1 mobile processor. Half-Life 2: Episode 2 picks up exactly where Episode 1 left off, with silent bad-ass scientist trapped on a train that’s just been derailed on a bridge, but it’s not long until he’s freed by the ever helpful Alyx Vance and ready for action once more in his ongoing battle against the mysterious Combine that’s taken over the Earth.

While the previous games in the series have mostly taken place in either underground bunkers or grim urban environments – with forays into parched scrubland and desolate coastline – Episode 2 takes things in a fresh direction, and while you’ll naturally spend some of the game in abandoned building or underground tunnels, a lot of it takes place out in the countryside, with big, open environments to be explored and to make for some excellent running battles. Along with acid-spitting worker antlions that’ll deal an enormous blow to your health if you give them half a chance, there’s the huge antlion guardian that can take a huge amount of punishment and that you’ll simply have to run away from on your first encounter as you’re not allowed to kill it. You’re unlikely to forget your first meeting with another new enemy type, the Hunter: it’s a fast and brutal eight-foot tripod that’ll blast you with exploding flechettes, and which you’ll have a hard time killing with conventional weapons. Rather than waste ammunition on a Hunter, your best bet is to get out your gravity gun and hunt for something explosive to fire at it; thankfully whenever you encounter Hunters you’re also likely to find plenty of gas canisters and exploding barrel.

Your only chance is to fire Magnusson Devices – powerful sticky bombs – at the Striders’ bodies and then detonate them with a gunshot, but their Hunter escorts are there to make things even harder for you. Pro tip: deal with the Hunters by ramming them with your car before you take on a Strider, and run away for extra health before taking on the next Strider. There was supposed to be an Episode 3 and the game hints at what’s next, including a glimpse of a lost Aperture Science research ship that Gordon needs to track down in order to find some useful technology that might help the resistance; portal gun, anyone?

If you’ve played all the other games then you owe it to yourself to see Episode 2 through on SHIELD; let’s hope that Valve really is quietly working on Half-Life 3 to pick up where it leaves off.

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