Shield Experience 9.1, a new update for Nvidia Shield TV users, adds support for an automatic low-latency mode, nighttime audio, and other features.
Shield Experience 9.1, which is still based on the previous Android TV 11 version, is starting to roll out to users of Nvidia Shield TV today.
What’s fresh? The addition of a low-latency option for the Shield TV is the largest development.
The absence of an automatic low-latency gaming option on the Shield TV has always been a little odd, but it has become a little more of a sore place with the rise of cloud gaming services like Nvidia’s own GeForce Now, which promotes better latency as a part of its RTX 3080 tier.
When playing games or using a video-conferencing app, the Shield may now automatically activate low-latency modes on connected TVs; strangely, this setting instantly resets whenever you go back to standard streaming apps.
When watching movies or streaming TV shows or playing games, SHIELD now automatically changes TVs with automatic low-latency mode to gaming mode and then returns to the original setting. The time-consuming process of locating the TV remote, changing the mode setting, then changing it back when gaming sessions are over is replaced by this latency-saving option.
This most recent update for the Shield TV also includes support for a night listening mode when using HDMI audio, in addition to low-latency support. This function, which is also used by Roku , reduces the intensity of several sounds to create a more harmonious soundscape for listening at night. When the volume is reduced overall, the function may reduce loud explosions while enhancing soft speech so that you can hear everything more clearly.
A new notification that appears when the microphone is turned on is another significant benefit of this upgrade.
Shield Experience 9.1’s complete changelog of new features is as follows:
Support for automatically turning on game mode on supported TVs is added (ALLM) a night listening mode is added (HDMI audio only) when connecting to SHIELD via a local network, adds the option to define a network workgroup. When connecting to SHIELD over a local network, “SHIELD Pro 2019” now offers the opportunity to set your own password. SHIELD Remote 2019 adds AI upscaling functionality for 60Hz HDR10 video. provides the choice to only wake SHIELD with the power or NETFLIX button for “Game Controllers.” gives the choice to only wake the shield with the logo button. provides a choice to match uncompressed audio volume levels to Dolby reference values. Added notification when an app uses the microphone and an option to turn off displaying HDR/Dolby Vision content Nvidia is also providing a number of bug fixes with this version in addition to those new features.
Dolby Vision auto-re-enablement on boot was broken due to a problem, and the Restart Wi-Fi fast setting was broken due to another bug. Along with certain file transfer and NAS difficulties, Nvidia claims that some audio pops have also been fixed. Users of GeForce Now won’t any longer have connectivity issues when utilizing Nvidia Share thanks to improved HDMI-CEC compatibility.