CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia will launch Gamestream for its portable games console Shield on 28 October, a technology that streams games to the device from a PC running an Nvidia Kepler based video card.
The firm's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked up Gamestream at an event titled "The Way It's Meant to be Played" in Montreal on Friday, announcing that Nvidia will "put the Geforce gaming experience in the palm of your hands". Essentially, Gamestream combines Geforce GTX graphics card technology with WiFi for smoother, low-latency wireless gaming from a PC.
Nvidia launched Shield in the US this summer. The games console runs Google's Android mobile operating system and combines a games controller that has a small, touch sensitive screen with a Tegra 4 system-on-chip (SoC) processor. The rollout of Gamestream to the device will support 50 video games when launched, including upcoming 2013 releases Batman: Arkham Origins and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
"Along with the release of GameStream comes expanded streaming support, including: super smooth and fast performance at 60 frames per second," Hsun said. This will include better quality WiFi support with Gamestream ready routers from network partners such as Asus, Buffalo, D-Link, and Netgear, and improved onscreen navigation and controls.
Although initially, GameStream will only be available for local PC streaming, Nvidia said that in the longer term, it will also support Nvidia's Grid cloud gaming services.
Gamestream has been in beta testing for some time, so the update is a welcome addition for Shield owners. However, it's no use for users here in the UK, as Shield is still not available to buy in Blighty. The portable gaming console launched in the US in July, but frustratingly for UK users, we're still experiencing delays in shipping across the pond.
Along with the announcement of Gamestream, Nvidia also touted a new display technology over the weekend called G-Sync, an innovation that Nvidia touted as "groundbreaking", and which "casts aside decades-old thinking to create the smoothest, most responsive computer displays ever".
The technology is supposed to minimise the effects of screen tearing, Vsync input lag, and stutter by synchronising the monitor to the output of the GPU instead of the GPU to the monitor. This is expected to make games display faster and smoother.
G-Sync requires a GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost or better GPU and an Nvidia G-Sync enabled monitor to work. The technology will be available as a monitor module that you can install yourself, or you'll be able to buy it pre-installed in monitors as well. There's no news on European availability yet. µ
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