When Nvidia first unveiled its Tegra 4-powered Nvidia Shield, one of the biggest selling points was the device’s ability to easily stream PC games via WiFi. When the Shield finally shipped, the PC streaming feature arrived as promised – though only in limited beta form. The good news is that the beta phase is finally nearing an end.
Arriving under the new “Gamestream” name, the Shield’s PC streaming functionality will officially rollout on October 28th. From day one, Gamestream technology will support nearly all GeForce GTX PC graphics cards and will work with over 50 PC games. Nvidia is also actively working to expand that list, and promises an even smoother game experience than what we’ve seen so far.
Even more intriguing, Nvidia has revealed that there may come a time when you can even take your Gamestream experience away from home using Nvidia’s GRID cloud gaming services. Keep in mind this feature is still a long ways off.
Arriving under the new Gamestream name, the Shield's PC streaming functionality will officially rollout in full glory on October 28th.
The Nvidia Shield is currently the only device to officially support the new Gamestream streaming technology, but we wouldn’t be too surprised if the feature eventually rolls out to other Tegra 4-powered devices as well.
In addition to the Gamestream announcement, Nvidia is also bringing a new “Shield console mode” to its Android gaming system. This function allows you to connect your Shield to your HDTV via HDMI and then pair the console with a Nyko PlayPad Pro for playing PC games and Android apps right on the big screen.
Still don’t have an Nvidia Shield? In celebration of its Gamestream launch, Nvidia will offer $100 off the Shield and will even provide free copies of “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Splinter Cell Blacklist” and “Batman: Arkham Origins” with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards – starting October 28th. This could be the perfect deal for someone looking to bring their PC graphics experience to the next level.
With Gamestream rolling out, it’s clear that Nvidia has its eye on the living room. The big question is whether their new streaming service will be enough to win over the hearts of gamers.
What do you think of the Shield and its streaming service, interested or not?