NVIDIA 'The Way It's Meant to Be Played' 2013 Press EventClayMeow - October 24, 2013
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GameStream and Game Console Mode
Day Two was kicked off in style, with NVIDIA president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang taking the stage to announce GameStream. GameStream allows NVIDIA users to game on any screen through GRID (Cloud Gaming), GeForce (PC Gaming), and SHIELD (Android Gaming). If you are familiar with SHIELD, you probably already know that you can stream PC games to your SHIELD if you have a Kepler GPU. GameStream takes that a step further with the introduction of Game Console Mode.
After you connect SHIELD to a TV via HDMI, you are prompted to enter Game Console Mode. By doing so, you can play your Android games on your TV, use Steam's Big Picture Mode to stream PC games from your Kepler-powered PC, or even surf the web. You can either control everything with the SHIELD itself or a Bluetooth gamepad; a Nyko PlayPad Pro was demoed. If you connect via a wired GigE connection, it will stream 1080p. If you connect over WiFi, it will stream 720p instead.
Say your goodbyes to the Ouya. I'd say it was a good run, but that would be a lie – from the beginning, Ouya never quite lived up to the hype. I guess it's true what they say – you get what you pay for. That $100 price tag certainly enticed many people, but those people would have been better off saving up for a SHIELD.
Aside from being able to use SHIELD to stream Android games to a TV, streaming PC games has its advantages too, especially for those that keep their main gaming rig in a different room than their big screen TV. You no longer have to go through the hassle of moving your entire PC – SHIELD acts as a nice portable receiver. This means you can enjoy a game like Batman: Arkham Origins on your nice big 50" TV with ease, while still having something console gamers won't have access to – full PhysX support, not to mention all the other PC-specific improvements.
I was certainly skeptical on the performance, but I'm happy to report that my first-hand experience was flawless. I personally played Borderlands 2 using both the Nyko PlayPad Pro and the SHIELD itself. Since it was curiously connection over WiFi instead of wired, it only streamed at 720p, but I was really impressed that I experienced absolutely no latency or lag. Despite streaming over WiFi and using a Bluetooth gamepad, every button I pressed on the gamepad was perfectly executed one-to-one. Having played Borderlands 2 extensively on the PC using keyboard and mouse controls, playing with the analog sticks of a gamepad was brutal, but I could certainly see this being an awesome experience for games I do play with a gamepad, like platformers.
Game Console Mode will go live via an update on October 28, 2013.
NVIDIA announced two brand new Holiday Bundles that will be available beginning October 28, 2013, which should certainly be on the radar of anyone looking to upgrade their GPU. If you buy a GTX 770, 780 or TITAN, you get Batman: Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell Blacklist, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for free plus $100 off a SHIELD. If you buy a GTX 660 or 760, you get Splinter Cell Blacklist, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and $50 off a SHIELD.