NVIDIA TV Shield, the company’s powerful set-top box, can now pair with Xbox Series X and S gamepads, as well as the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller. The long-awaited feature arrives as part of the Shield 8.2.2 software update, which also includes support for Control 4 home automation systems, as well as Discovery + and Noggin streaming apps. Connecting the controllers works as expected: activate the Shield’s Bluetooth discovery mode, then press the pairing button on your Xbox controller or the PlayStation and Share / Clip buttons on the DualSense.
It’s surprising that NVIDIA took so long to add support for these new gamepads, given that they already support PC pairing. But that’s good news for anyone who owns one of the next-gen systems and also wants to participate in NVIDIA’s GeForce Now streaming service. You may have better luck playing Cyberpunk 2077 via cloud streaming than the broken version currently available on consoles. In addition to the usual bug fixes, NVIDIA says the Shield update also adds the December 2020 Android security patch, as well as better IR volume support for the Shield remote with Denon receivers.