Nvidia Built A Great ‘Netflix For Gaming’ Service, And Sadly Almost No One …

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NVIDIA Shield gains cloud gaming service.

The Shield is Nvidia’s Android TV gaming powerhouse, and Grid isi ts software soul—a streaming service that lets you play a selection of titles over the internet.Nvidia launched its Shield Android TV set-top box back in May, but one of the prime benefits is coming on Thursday with the launch of Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service. The NVIDIA Shield console ($199.99 or $299.99 for the 500GB model; remote sold separately, $49.99) hit stores back in late May to coincide with the Grid game system going operational.

Among the titles: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham Origins, Dead Rising 2, Alan Wake, Brutal Legend, The Walking Dead: Season 1, Borderlands and several LEGO games including LEGO Lord of the Rings. Register now for our GamesBeat 2015 event, Oct. 12-Oct.13, where we’ll explore strategies in the new world of gaming. “Apple TV has come out, but if you are an Android user, Shield is the best device for you,” said Ali Kani, general manager for Shield at Nvidia, in an interview with GamesBeat. “We like Apple TV because it confirms our theory that the smart TV category is exciting.” We all expected Nvidia to launch GeForce Now with the Shield itself, but the company did more testing than expected.

Within 30 seconds you are playing the game.” Members can also buy and immediately stream and play new and recent releases such as Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Saints Row IV and LEGO Jurassic World. Streaming games has always been one of those great ideas that doesn’t quite work the way you want it to, but it’s increasingly looking like something real.

The Shield outdoes the processing power of the new Apple TV since it has the new Tegra X1 mobile processor — with a 256-core Nvidia graphics processing unit (GPU) and a 64-bit central processing unit (CPU). Other Shield console entertainment options include streaming Ultra HD content from Netflix, built-in Google Chromecast functionality, voice control and viewing live over-the-air local TV broadcasts.

GeForce Now (formerly known as GeForce Grid) has more than 50 popular PC games available, including titles from the Batman, Lego, Witcher, and Resident Evil series. Kani said the rebranded GeForce Now is the culmination of five years of work, which included adding video encoding to GPUs and developing cloud infrastructure. That work, as well as better bandwidth, means you could play a game like Batman: Arkham Knight, which takes 213 minutes to download, in a matter of seconds or minutes via the cloud. Shield is now available in Google Fiber Spaces (which provides bandwidth at 1 gigabit per second) such as Provo, Utah; Kansas City, Missouri; and Austin, Texas.

Meanwhile, Shield (the 16-gigabyte version) and Shield Pro (with a 500 gigabyte hard drive) are available on Oct. 1 in the U.K., France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. It provides movie-watching at 23.976 fps playback, and hardware acceleration support for video codec formats such as VC-1 (including M2TS and ASF/WMV container support), MPEG-2, and WMV9. Eisler said that average broadband speeds are rapidly improving, particularly now that Nvidia has access to a lot of cloud-gaming data center locations around the world, said Eisler. “The question is not if, but when cloud gaming will take off,” Eisler said. “I feel like we have the GPU requirements and the bandwidth to put cloud gaming onto an exponential growth curve.”

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