NVIDIA SHIELD TV updated to Marshmallow, brings the new Vulkan graphics API

If the NVIDIA SHIELD TV hasn’t already prompted you to do so, then you’ll probably want to be spamming that update button, since there’s a sweet package waiting for you. NVIDIA just pushed out an update to bring the device to Marshmallow.

In addition to Marshmallow, this latest update introduces the new Vulkan graphics API, which enhances the gaming experience on the NVIDIA SHIELD TV.

The Vulkan API provides highly efficient, low-level access to modern graphics hardware, such as the Maxwell GPU in SHIELD Android TV. Vulkan has been created by experts from across the industry working together at the Khronos Group — an open standards consortium.

The Android Marshmallow update brings:

  • Upgradable storage and home screen customization
  • Quick access to the power menu on the homescreen by long pressing the “Back” button
  • Seamless switching between surround sound and headset audio in Netflix app
  • Wireless support for SHIELD controller when charging via USB, including headset audio and voice search
  • Improved color support for YUV 4:2:0 video playback
  • Option to set 1080p 60Hz resolution on Ultra HD TVs
  • Option to set RGB Full Range via Settings > HDMI > Dynamic Range
  • Improved support for Denon receivers and CEC volume control for more audio receivers

The OTA is rolling out as we speak, so be sure to check for updates in the settings area.

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