NVIDIA is apparently on a bit of a SHIELD blitz to end the year with the release of the SHIELD-exclusive Half-Life 2: Episode One yesterday and a major update to the SHIELD Hub app today.
The most notable piece of the update is the shift to Material Design with the app, which delivers quite a bit more content on each screen and adds some light animation to make things more visually interesting.
While the updated look is going to catch the eye first, the updates under the hood are probably of more interest to SHIELD gamers. GameStream in console mode is now capable of 60 frames per second at 1080p as long as you have a fast 5GHz Wi-Fi connection.
GRID gaming service connectivity has also been generally improved, so if you had been having any problems with it previously, you should give it another shot. I was already impressed by the reliability with GRID, but I’m thrilled that NVIDIA keeps pushing to make it better. I don’t think GRID is getting the coverage that it deserves, as the quality of the game streaming is remarkable and NVIDIA keeps adding titles; they are up to 28 now, and it is all free through summer 2015.
If you own a SHIELD you are going to want to download the update right away. And if you are still holding out then remember the Green Box Bundle which includes Portal, Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One is only available through December 31st.