If you have an older TV and an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, you may find that some content is cut off at the edges. This is known as overscan and can be incredibly annoying in a number of situations, with one of SHIELD’s key features not being excluded: gaming. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix.
As already mentioned, overscan is a remnant of old-school CRT (old-timer cathode ray tube) televisions that cut off the outer part of the image to ensure that black televisions do not appear on old televisions. However, if you have a modern HDTV, it just means that you don’t see the full picture – and the quality you see is slightly lower.
Many modern televisions have built-in options to set or completely disable overscan. However, if your set-top box is switched on, you must also deactivate it there. Fortunately, NVIDIA made an overscan adjustment in the SHIELD Android TV box. So you can access it.
Set Overscan on SHIELD Android TV
OK, now that we’ve talked about why, let’s consider how we can fix that. The first thing you should do is jump into the SHIELD settings menu by going to the bottom of the home screen and selecting the gear icon.
Go to the fifth entry “HDMI” in the settings.
The fourth option is “Customize for overscan” in the menu. Exactly what you are looking for. Go ahead and choose that.
This is just a basic movement of the arrows until you can see everything. Just follow the on-screen instructions to get all four arrows in the right place.
If everything looks good, you can leave this menu. The new settings are retained immediately and you are done.
Overscan can be incredibly frustrating, especially if your TV doesn’t have a built-in adjustment setting. Even if this is not included in the standard Android TV, it is nice to see that NVIDIA takes such things into account.