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Nvidia Shield gets discount, new features, Android 4.4 KitKat update

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Nvidia-ShieldBasically acknowledging there were a couple of things wrong with the Shield handheld game console and its age made it an impractical buy at $250, Nvidia rolled out a series of extra features to the gizmo, also shaving a cool $50 off its list price.

Starting today and through the end of April, the Nvidia Shield costs $199, carrying among others a substantially improved streaming function. Though support is still somewhat limited, to certain GeForce GTX-powered PCs, at least you can now play your desktop games on the go as long as you’re compatible, seamlessly hooking up the two devices over Wi-Fi.

Next, Nvidia added Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support for pairing the Shield with a console mode HDTV, plus welcomed a host of new titles to the list of compatible games, including Titanfall. Last but certainly not least, an OTA (over-the-air) software update will reportedly be deployed beginning April 2, bringing Shields to the newest, proudest Android build – 4.4.2 KitKat.

The forthcoming enhancements might be subtle, but make no mistake, you’ll notice them, as the user interface shall alter its look. Also, KitKat usually gives a nudge to overall speed, so expect a slight performance boost on your mobile consoles in a week or two.

Via [Nvidia Blog]

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