Nvidia Shield update rolling out brings improved Gamepad Mapper and full GRID Cloud gaming beta goes live

Nvidia has pushed out another pretty important update for Shield owners today that brings with it more improvements to the Gamepad Mapper software as well as the next big step in the GameStream feature as the GRID Cloud Gaming service goes live in beta form in Northern California.

The Gamepad Mapper has recieved some improvements with this new update opening up the ability to share, browse, and rate community-sourced Gamepad Mapper profiles. This feature is in beta status so there could be some bugs popping up. Other improvements include the ability to map gyro simulation to your thumbsticks, right thumbstick feature for first-person perspective games that use touch swipes to look around, and new “accelerated cursor” option for joystick mouse mode.

However the big news with this update is another step forward with Nvidia’s GameStream feature which, up until now, was only available for local game streaming from your PC to your Nvidia Shield. However the main goal was always to bring Nvidia’s cloud gaming service called GRID into the picture and now a beta of this full cloud gaming service is live but only for residents in Northern California for right now.

If you live in the supported area and own a Shield, you’ll be able to stream full PC games through the cloud to play on your Shield as long as you’re connected to the internet. Streamed games will arrive in 1080p at 60 FPS as well so nice high quality. Some officially supported games announced so far include Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Crysis 3, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Also if you plan on purchasing a Shield, you’ll want to do so by the end of today as you’ll be able to get $50 off the regular price as well as a free carrying case and two free games.

Official Website: Nvidia

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