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Nvidia’s game streaming service launches tomorrow for $7.99 a month

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Like many streaming services, NVIDIA describes Geforce Now as “the Netflix for games,” though at launch the library leaves quite a bit to be desired, with just over 50 titles available for streaming. In addition to that, however, users will also be able to buy some big, relatively recent games, like the fantasy epic The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Game streaming is available at up to 1080p and 60 frames per second. In addition to games, Nvidia is also hoping to turn the Shield into more of a general entertainment device; today it announced the launch of Spotify, Showtime, and NFL Sunday Ticket apps. – Andrew Webster, The Verge

Nvidia says Shield owners don’t need no stinkin’ Apple TV

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You can access apps on Nvidia’s own TegraZone app store for games, or get apps via Google Play. Shield has Google Chromecast built into it, and you can also play high-end games with PC-style 3D graphics on the Shield as well. And you can stream games from your PC to the Shield and to the TV as well. – Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat

This is Nvidia Shield: a closer look at the 4K Android TV game console

The $199 console itself, coming this May, embodies Nvidia’s design language — sharp edges, a mix of gloss and matte black, a green glow that “cracks” through the front of the system. (The controller, on the other hand, feels like the opposite of all that.) Nvidia has made a lot of promises with the capabilities, and we won’t know how well it’ll make good on those promises until we try it ourselves. – Ross Miller, The Verge
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Could Nvidia Win Big With A GRID Game Streaming Box?

NVIDIA’s past business may have relied heavily on both its own graphics card sales, as well as licensing of said tech, but more and more, it will see bigger benefits from providing the power behind the remote servers that will undergird a distributed computing future. With gaming, the potential for streamed services is perhaps even more immediately apparent than for other uses of said tech, so it’s only natural that Nvidia would try to lead in this area. Whereas just a few years ago it was still impractical to make this real (OnLive’s inability to build a truly successful business on a streaming games service is evidence of this), Nvidia has waited, developed its own service and paid attention to when conditions were right. – Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch
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Razer takes on living room streaming with Forge TV and Turret lapboard

Like other game streaming solutions—namely Valve’s Steam In-Home Streaming and Nvidia’s GameStream—Razer’s streaming software works by rendering a game on a host device (your existing rig), encoding that as a video stream with the help of the graphics card, sending that data over a local network to a client device (the $100 Forge TV), and decoding it with less powerful hardware. The Forge TV runs an Android OS on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (the same SoC in the Samsung Galaxy S5), which has a quad-core Krait CPU clocked at 2.5GHz and an Adreno 420 GPU to do the heavy decoding work. The Forge TV has 16GB of internal storage, though you probably won’t use much of that, since the entire point of the device is streaming from a more powerful PC. – Wes Fenlon, PC Gamer
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Nvidia’s New Game Streaming Service Is Twice As Fast As PlayStation Now

Launching in North America alongside the Shield Tablet software update next Tuesday, November 18, Grid allows owners of the Shield Tablet and Shield Portable devices to stream select PC games from Nvidia’s launch library. The service will come to Western Europe in December, and Asia next year. “When you download the new Shield Hub update there will be a new tab there called Grid Games,” said Phil Eisler, general manager of Grid Gaming. “In addition to playing your Android games, and any local GeForce games, you’ll be able to connect to our cloud servers and stream a library of games that we have there.” […] “We’re thinking probably along the Netflix line with sort of an affordable subscription fee for a bundle of games,” Eisler said. “But probably Netflix Plus, because people also want to play brand new content so you’ll be able to top up with new titles that have just been launched.” – Brandin Tyrrel,IGN
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