NVIDIA releases new drivers, GeForce Experience and SHIELD software upgrade

NVIDIANVIDIA has released new drivers built on DirectX11 to offer enhanced performance, a version of GeForce Experience packed with new features, and an over-the-air (OTA) software upgrade for SHIELD.

The new 337.50 Beta driver delivers up to 71 percent faster gaming performance, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II (up 20 percent), Sleeping Dogs (31 percent), and Alien vs. PredatorTotal War: Rome 2, and Sniper Elite v2 (more than 40 percent).

Along with the new 337.50 Beta driver, GeForce Experience 2.0 now includes the ability to optimise more than 150 games. It brings two signature features to notebooks for the first time. Shadowplay, which allows gamers to capture their gaming exploits with little hit to frame rates, and share them on platforms such as live-streaming video service Twitch, and GameStream, which allows gamers to stream games and enjoy them on the go.

Desktop gamers will also get the ability to capture the action on their full desktop, gamers can customise how their GameStreams are encoded, and gamers will get the ability to stream their games to SHIELD at home or on the go.

SHIELD’s latest over-the-air upgrade includes major updates to GameStream that helps SHIELD adapt to the way enthusiasts like to game. Since the launch of SHIELD, gamers have wanted to play their PC games outside the home. With today’s software release, remote GameStream support is becoming a reality.

For complete remote access to your PC, wake-on-LAN support has been built in to allow gamers to remotely wake their PC from sleep mode and remote login support to let them log into a locked PC from SHIELD.

Giving gamers even more ways to play PC games on SHIELD, new Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support lets them pair their SHIELD with an HDTV in console mode and play their favorite keyboard and mouse PC games such as World of WarCraftCivilization V, and League of Legends on their big screens.

Notebook support – also in beta – lets gamers stream to SHIELD from a GeForce GTX-powered notebook PC, including all GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M and select GTX 600M series GPUs.

Beyond GameStream, a new user interface on TegraZone app lets gamers find games with just a touch of the NVIDIA button built into every SHIELD. A new user interface to SHIELD’s Gamepad Mapper lets gamers play thousands of games built for touch on SHIELD’s console-grade controls.

SHIELD will also be getting the latest version of Google’s Android operating system – Android 4.4.2, also known as KitKat. The result is a quick, fluid experience that continues to give SHIELD users access to the rich ecosystem of Android games, apps and utilities.

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