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Nvidia Shield has split screen and no one knows it

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Nvidia Shield TV is one of the best streaming boxes out there – and it looks to have even more tricks up its sleeve than we thought. 

A commenter on Nvidia's Geoforce forums (opens in new tab) posted about an apparent split screen feature for the Nvidia Shield, which they activated by hitting CMD + Windows on their plugged-in keyboard.

This would allow users to play two apps side by side on their TV or gaming monitor – invaluable for multi-tasking, or playing games with a video tutorial open.

What's curious is that the split screen hasn't been advertised as an official feature, suggesting it may be a bug, or something released in an update that hasn't been entirely configured.

In the video below from user Thobal you can see the split screen in action, though it only seems to work for apps that can display in portrait mode as well as landscape (in order to fit side by side on the screen).

We've reached out to Nvidia for comment.

Don't cross the streams

As a dedicated, high-power streaming box for TV, films and games, the Nvidia Shield is one of our top choices – despite the high price point.

Streaming boxes are occupying an increasingly curious position though, in a market where the majority of smart TVs come with streaming apps – and often 4K capability – built in. What need then for a separate streaming box?

Nvidia Shield offers a unique mid-way point between a dedicated games console and TV streaming device. If you want the former, a PS4 or Xbox One will cost you a fair amount more; if you want the latter, you're not getting the on-board power or dedicated gaming controller. And as the feature here has shown, there's even more going on beneath the surface.

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Henry is a freelance technology journalist. Before going freelance, he spent more than three years at TechRadar reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines also include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.