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Nvidia Shield update adds 1080p 60 FPS streaming from PC

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A new software update for Nvidia's Shield platform brings 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second streaming from PC games through Nvidia's GameStream technology, according to an update on the company's official blog.

In October, Nvidia introduced Shield's console mode, enabling native 1080p output of Android-based games and 720p, 60 frames per second streaming of PC games to an HDTV. Nvidia's latest update brings the latter to 1080p resolution in a handful of officially supported games, including Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Crysis 3 and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

Nvidia promises support for more games streaming in 1080p will be added on a weekly basis. The feature requires a Kepler-class GTX graphics card in the PC that Shield owners are streaming games from and an ethernet connection.

The latest software update adds something for Android game enthusiasts, as well. The Shield's control mapping feature, which lets players map touchscreen controls to button and control stick inputs, has been updated to support sharing and rating of community-generated gamepad profiles.

Using the Shield's Gamepad Mapper, users can now map control functions like gyroscope and motion control to physical inputs.

More details about the Nvidia Shield December software update are available at Nvidia's websites.