The popular Shield TV set-top box from Nvidia, which has some of the best UHD upscaling with AI support to get the most out of your 4K TV – even if you don’t have access to native 4K content added another string to the arc. If you own a Shield TV or Shield TV Pro, you can now pair a DualSense controller from your Sony PS5 or Xbox Series X controller to play games on the set-top box.
The ability to pair these next generation controllers is part of the latest software update called Shield TV 8.2.2. Once connected, you can use a PS5 or Xbox Series X controller to play Android games like Crossy Road, Crashlands or Unkilled on the big screen.
In addition, Nvidia has expanded its GeForce Now streaming service, which is integrated into the Shield TV series and allows access to your existing game library, to be compatible. So if you’ve bought a title from the Steam or Epic store on your Windows 10 laptop, you can stream the game to your set-top box (or smartphone).
If you have a PS5 or Xbox Series X controller lying around, you likely have a PS5 or Xbox Series X controller around the house as well. However, streaming through GeForce Now could be a great solution for playing games in another room – without having to unplug your shiny new console and plug it into another TV.
To pair a PS5 DualSense controller, you’ll need to make sure you have the latest software installed on your Nvidia Shield TV, then scroll down to the Bluetooth section of the settings menu. Press and hold the PlayStation button in the middle of the controller until the light starts pulsing blue. For Xbox Series X or Series S controllers, you’ll need to do the same thing except press the appropriate pairing button until the Xbox button starts flashing.
In addition to support for new controllers, the Shield TV 8.2.2 update also includes the December 2020 security patch for Android TV. Even if you’re not the proud owner of a next-generation console (and given current inventory levels across the country … that is probably the vast majority of you), it is still crucial to install this new version of the operating system.
In the past, Nvidia added new features to its set-top boxes with software updates. Last year the company released an update that allowed the included remote control to adjust the volume on your TV.