We have already seen NVIDIA announce one new product with their Project Shield handheld system at CES 2013, but much talk from the ongoing event is taking place regarding NVIDIA’s other unveiling, the ground-breaking and impressing looking Grid Cloud Gaming system. The company has been showing off Grid to excited attendees all week and we have some fantastic demos for you to take a look at now, showing you just how capable the service is when streaming gaming content to mobile devices such as the HTC One X and the popular Nexus 7 tablet.
Cloud gaming is definitely one of the big talking points at the moment in the gaming industry, especially since Sony has their partnership with Gaikai ready to go as soon as the Sony PS4 is ready to launch. Away from that though, the cloud competition is slowly mounting and NVIDIA has appeared out of nowhere with their Grid service, and the early impressions based on live-hands on previews at CES 2013 is that it is very good indeed.
NVIDIA is claiming that Grid will be able to offer high resolution gaming with low-latency on a range of electronic devices, without the need of any cables, expensive setups or hardware boxes. Everything will be pumped out of NVIDIA’s Grid services, which apparently can handle an unprecedented amount of data with 240 GPUs whilst processing 200 teraflops as well. That is some serious power we’re talking about and to give you an initial idea of how it works, we have some useful videos for you to take a look at below.
Watch how a user is able to play Need for Speed straight through an HTC One X which is connected to NVIDIA’s Grid service at the event. There is no extra hardware needed, just an connection which is hooked up to Grid with an additional wireless controller for the gameplay. Even better, we also show you what Grid can do when directly hooked up to a television – Street Fighter IV looks very impressive, with no signs of lag or reduced graphics.
Grid will even be able to handle the most demanding first person shooters straight through the cloud as well, with a brief glimpse of Battlefield 3 in action. We’ve seen the likes of OnLive emerge as one of the first companies to offer cloud gaming, but there’s no doubt that NVIDIA’s Grid service has the potential to be the best cloud product for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately, there’s no sign of when Grid will be available, as information on NVIDIA’s website suggests that availability as well as pricing, will be announced ‘later on this year’. As far as debut unveilings go though, we say NVIDIA has done a pretty good job in impressing a lot of excited gamers.
Take a look at the clips below and let us know if you are interested in trying out Grid when it becomes available. Skyrim is already one of the supported games – imagine playing that while away from home on your tablet with a wireless controller, with minimal setup required. The future is looking good folks.