As we all know NVIDIA Shield Android TV is one of the most powerful entertainment tools, we got in the recent times. You can enjoy both TV and games on this single device, and with certain tips and tricks, you can enhance your experience with NVIDIA Shield TV.
Recently we heard that NVIDIA Shield games are on offer of 60% sale, so if you wish to purchase those games and enjoy the benefits of this device even more then, I believe the tips and tricks we are about to provide you are must for you to know.
Best NVIDIA Shield TV Tips and Tricks
The basic Android TV would not allow you to do much but once you plug the HDMI cable and you will see the difference. Same is the case with NVIDIA Shield TV it can enable you to do plenty of things like sharing major games and you also need to check its IR controls and plenty more. So are we ready to do more with our NVIDIA Shield Android TV?
If you are not having the Pro model of NVIDIA Shield, then it doesn’t mean that you need to stay happy with its pre-lodged 16GB internal storage. On the back of the box, you will find two USB 3.0 ports and let me tell you they are quite helpful for you. Not only flash drive, but you can also try your large external hard drive to strive for more space. Yes, you can attach anything to expand your storage, but at the same time, you must keep the speed factor in mind.
I must recommend that you use 3.0 drive only because with a less equipped storage gadget you will find issues with speed and performance. Once you fix a 3.0 drive, you need to worry about nothing and can enjoy your entertainment. But, yes one more important thing needs to be noted here that once you decide which drive you want to fix with Shield, it won’t be available to reuse or rematch it with any other device until you format it.
Tip #2: Share What Your Play
Especially for the NVIDIA proud owners, there is an extra feature of sharing whatever you are playing on your console. You can now broadcast your gameplay with your friends or even a random and unknown person via Twitch. Not only live gameplay but you are now also able to record your gaming episode and then can edit it and share it on YouTube or on the social media network you want.
Sharing your NVIDIA Shield gameplay is very easy. Just load the game which you want to play and then long press the ‘Home’ button on your Shield Controller (the circle button). Once you press the Home button, you will see a popup window with many options on offer. If you already got your Twitch account linked with your Shield then just press ‘Broadcast’ and it will start broadcasting it. When the broadcast starts, you will see a green dot popping up.
Two more important things you need to note here that there are two different streams you can broadcast from your NVIDIA Shield. One is 1080p which should work fine, but to get better performance, you may try 480p stream. Yes, the quality will be inferior with 480p unlike ‘Ultra’ quality of 1080p, but then there is an option for you to record the gameplay with 1080p and later share it the way we described above.
Tip #3: Recording Audio of Your Gameplay
We must thank the inbuilt microphone in the Shield controller for allowing to record audio during our streaming. Yes, you may not like the quality of the voice plus it can’t adjust audio levels automatically according to your requirements either but that you can do it manually as well. Regarding quality of sound, you can attach a high-quality headphone in the controller’s inbuilt headphone jack.
When your headphone is attached, you will witness that the game’s audio is being played through your headset. As I said early, you can’t adjust the audio levels, but in the audio settings of the game, you will see mic level settings and here you can also do the recording of your streaming.
Tip #4: Do More With Your Headphone
We just learned how we could record audio of our gameplay on NVIDIA Shield using headphones, but there is plenty more you can do with your headphone when it is plugged in with your NVIDIA Shield. Yes, now the NVIDIA remote no longer has a headphone jack, and it is now available with all new NVIDIA Shield Controller, and it is like just plug and play.
By plugging your headphone in the controller doesn’t mean that you can’t hear anything when you are watching your favorite shows or movies on your Android TV. What benefits us the most is that controller battery lasts longer than the remote. The controller battery can last for 60 hours before you need to charge it again. So get more out of your headphone attached with the controller even when you are just doing a private listening.
Tip #5: Transfer Files Between NVIDIA Shield and Computer
In one of the tips above I told you that you could easily edit and share your gameplay recorded video to the various social media platform, but did I tell you how to do it? I suppose I have not. If you are new to NVIDIA Shield, you might get confused on how you will be able to transfer files to your computer to edit and later to share them. There is a very simple trick which I am just going to let you know, will make your editing and sharing task easier.
Just head to ‘Over Local Network’ option on your NVIDIA Shield, and it will automatically provide you a Username and Password. Now open the File Explorer on Windows PC or Finder app on Mac and lookout for ‘SHIELD’ drive if you are using the same network on both the devices. Input the same Username and Password Shield provided you and voila! You will be now able to copy or transfer files to your PC.
Tip #6: Control Your Android TV with Both Remote and Controller
The all-new NVIDIA Shield TV has some hidden features, and with the addition of IR blasters for both it’s remote and controller I feel you must know the benefits of it. Now through this new addition, you can control your TV with both remote and controller over Bluetooth. You can do power ON/OFF or control volume and also control your TV and AV receiver as well.
Just head to Settings and then to Display & Sound. Here you just need to either volume control, or power control and the Shield will do the rest even identifying which TV it is plugged in. Once this process gets over you will have steps to find the correct IR code, and then you can manage volume and power of the TV easily.
Tip #7: Quick App Switcher for Quick Jumping Between the Apps
I am sure you are not aware of Quick App Switcher feature on your NVIDIA Shield TV. Even if you are using it for months now and continue to do so for next many weeks, you probably will not know about this hidden feature for sure. So I am taking this opportunity to tell you more about this excellent and extremely helpful tool.
To activate Quick App Switcher all you need to do is to double press on your home button of your remote or controller and you will see that the interface turns into a horizontal scrolling list of recently used apps. Now click left or right according to what you want to switch to and then select the previous app. You can jump between your recently used apps and also make a long jump back to the home screen. Just in case if you wish to close an app forcibly then just highlight that app in the switcher and press down the directional pad twice, and that would be it.
Tip #8: Rearrange App Tiles for Quick Selection
The new NVIDIA Shield Android TV now has Nougat operating system so you can have a simpler screen as NVIDIA subsection is dropped. Now you can directly see Apps and Games. When you first launch your Shield TV, you will witness fewer apps on the screen, but once you start downloading apps after another, your screen will be filled and things will quickly out of the hands.
You need not worry because you can just move your controller or remote around the interface and highlight the app you wish to move up for your future ease. Select and hold the button till the rest of the interface departs. Now move the app till you find the appropriate slot to fix it with your directional pad and when you locate the place of your liking press the select or home button and the till will remain there.
Remember, pre-installed apps on your NVIDIA Shield TV will continue in custom order till you move around the way I prescribed just now, and newly downloaded apps will be added to the end of the list.
Tip #9: Connect Your PC with NVIDIA Shield
In Tip #5, I talked about transferring files between your NVIDIA Shield and TV via Bluetooth, but that doesn’t mean you no longer can do the transfer in a conventional way. There are two USB A ports at the back of your Shield, and you can plug and connect your PC to it and can easily transfer files between the two.
Hope you will appreciate the effort I put in explaining the tips and tricks to improve your overall experience on NVIDIA Shield TV. Do give your feedback here in the comments section or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.