NVidia Shield Experience 9.0 update (Android 11): new GeForce Now 4K and 7.1 features

The Californian company nVidia offers yet another Firmware update for its nVidia Shield Android TV multimedia boxes, the Shield Experience 9.0. This is what we can call an exemplary follow-up since the launch of the first box of its kind, in 2015!

Remember, last August, we indicated in our columns that nVidia had decided to skip the Android 10 update for its Shield TV multimedia boxes (see our news Box nVidia Shield TV, not to Android 10 but development still in progress). It is therefore very logical that they will soon welcome, and directly, Firmware Shield Experience 9.0 based on Android 11 (but not Android 12) with many new features as a result.

Shield Experience 9.0, main new specifications

Among these, we can mention the new virtual keyboard GBoard signed by Google, the support of the APT-X protocol for the Bluetooth function, an option to disconnect the Bluetooth devices in standby, a support of the high resolution sound content, enhanced security options and integrated speech synthesis. We also note optimized power management to save energy, support for Stadia buttons for Xbox, PlayStation and Shield controllers.

Shield Experience 9.0, nVidia Shield TV exclusives

The Californian company nVidia took advantage of this update to point out that the Shield TV boxes are the only devices to support the streaming of GeForce Now games up to Ultra HD 4K HDR and 7.1 (limited to 1080p on Smart TV).

Finally, nVidia also focused on the arrival of new applications but also on the new possibilities of some on Shield TV, for example Apple TV with now support for Ultra HD 4K, HDR Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos) and Google Play Movies (with Ultra HD 4K support and HDR Dolby Vision).

New Features Shield Experience 9.0

• Watch thousands of free movies, TV shows and IMDb TV Originals like Leverage: Redemption and Alex Rider

for free

• Watch tons of free movies and shows with IMDb TV

• Cloud GeForce Now available in UHD 4K HDR and 7.1 sound

• September 2021 Android security patch

• Support for APT-X Bluetooth headsets

• Auto disconnect devices option Bluetooth standby

• High resolution audio content support option

• Gboard virtual keyboard option

• New power saving setting (power customization)

• Stadia button support for Xbox, Playstation and Shield TV controllers

• Bug fixes

New apps available or app upgrades available

• Apple TVWatch Apple Originals productions in Ultra HD 4K, HDR Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos from Apple TV +, like Ted Lasso and Foundation. Buy or rent over 100,000 movies and shows from the largest selection of 4K HDR titles

• Google Play Movies & TV

Adds support for Dolby Vision HDR. Watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters in HDR Dolby Vision and UHD 4K on your Shields TV


Watch the most popular Asian movies, TV shows and variety shows for free, including thousands of originals . Multilingual menu, search and subtitle support for easy navigation

New games

• Apex Legends EmergenceWith the ending of the new season, Emergence introduces a new competitive mode as well as the new Seer Legend, the new Rampage LMG weapon and an updated map

• Far Cry 6Play Dani Rojas, male or female, and discover a gripping storyline that transforms you from a reluctant citizen to a leader fighting against Anton's regime

• Life is Strange: True Colors

Deep in the Colorado mountains you will find Haven Springs. Play as Alex Chen and uncover incredible secrets as you use your psychic powers to unravel the mysteries of this small mining town

• Tom Clancy Rainbow Six Siege Year 6 season 3 Crystal GuardPlay Osa and secure your team's position with his transparent Talon-8 shield, it is transparent, bulletproof and can be carried or deployed to offer a line of protective view when formulating an attack

While nVidia has not given details regarding the deployment of the Shield Experience Upgrade 9.0 update, it should be available in the coming weeks, region by region, for nVidia Shield TV boxes (2015, 2017 and 2019).