One of the features NVIDIA is emphasizing is the addition of Vulkan drivers. These multiplatform drivers, also available for Windows and Linux, allow for “highly efficient, low-level access to modern graphics hardware.” Vulkan will be a core API in future versions of Android, so the SHIELD Android TV is getting a headstart.
Other improvements include:
Upgradable storage and home screen customization
Quick access to the power menu on the homescreen by long pressing the “Back” button
Seamless switching between surround sound and headset audio in Netflix app
Wireless support for SHIELD controller when charging via USB, including headset audio and voice search
Improved color support for YUV 4:2:0 video playback
Option to set 1080p 60Hz resolution on Ultra HD TVs
Option to set RGB Full Range via Settings > HDMI > Dynamic Range
Improved support for Denon receivers and CEC volume control for more audio receivers
The update seems to be a big one, so go ahead and update your device (and pray there are no bugs this time around). NVIDIA is also touting some new games available for the device, so check out the store.