Nvidia begins certifying PCs and routers that meet Shield streaming standards

By on January 6, 2014, 4:45 PM
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Streaming from a PC to a handheld device can be a less-than rewarding experience if done using incompatible or substandard hardware. It already takes some impressive bandwidth to ensure that things run smoothly, so you can imagine how much firepower it requires if you want to play a streamed game at 60 frames per second, something that is promised on Nvidia's new Shield handheld device. Nvidia recently upgraded its GameStream service in an attempt to help sharpen and consolidate the way that games are played on the Shield.

It isn't just the service that makes a difference when it comes to 60 FPS streamed perfection, though. When streaming directly from a PC, it is important that the right types of compatible hardware are used, and if you're planning on playing via the cloud, you're going to want the right router. Because of this, Nvidia has announced that it will be working hard to "certify" certain products and systems that mesh well with its handheld.

You can expect to start seeing the green logo on a variety of pre-built Maingear and Digital Storm PC's, provided they have the necessary Nvidia-branded graphics to warrant a certification. The company will also work on certifying a variety of dual-band and wireless-AC routers from brands like, Buffalo, Netgear, D-Link, and Asus. Remember that if you do plan on streaming via Nvidia's GRID cloud service, you'll want a solid 10Mbps internet connection.




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misor misor said:

"Streaming from a PC to a handheld device"

so some gamers are now preferring smaller screens? I'm asking this question since I don't believe in the potential of NVidia shield gaming platform.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Does nVidia actually sell many of these overpriced things? Also adding the nVidia label to certain products is just an excuse to charge more for those products.

Forg0t2 said:

Does nVidia actually sell many of these overpriced things? Also adding the nVidia label to certain products is just an excuse to charge more for those products.

It's an American product and not available in Europe. So the Hype flew over and I don't think anyone in my surrounding would be interested in this anymore...

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Meh, they need to make a cheap set-top Box of this, I would love to get my hands in a Apple TV type device than can stream and connect Controllers to via Bluetooth, THAT I would be very interested in as I can then wirelessly stream my games to the front room TV and play games as at the moment I would need to make a very long HDMI cable and would just be a pain and trail through several rooms.

1 person liked this | Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Meh, they need to make a cheap set-top Box of this, I would love to get my hands in a Apple TV type device than can stream and connect Controllers to via Bluetooth, THAT I would be very interested in as I can then wirelessly stream my games to the front room TV and play games as at the moment I would need to make a very long HDMI cable and would just be a pain and trail through several rooms.

So you want something like a Shield, but more like a steam box, but not as expensive and not by nVidia... Or get a really long HDMI cable, I really don't recommend trying to make your own, and use pre existing wireless controllers. The ladder should be what your going for, HDMI cables can be had as long as 100 feet, wireless Bluetooth dongle and a ps3 controller, done. Oh plus a couple holes in your walls, it's what I did, except I passed my cables through the ceiling. It can be done for less than $100 and you can then use your Computer in the other room and not just play games, so in my opinion way more useful than this Shield gimmick.

ikesmasher said:

If it could stream over wifi anywhere in the world, I would be interested. Im not even asking for 60FPS or HD, 30FPS with like 768p would still be cool. But this seems so utterly pointless over WAN.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

It's an American product and not available in Europe. So the Hype flew over and I don't think anyone in my surrounding would be interested in this anymore...

Your'e right. Come to think about I don't think it's available anywhere but USA. Not that I care, I never took any interest in it apart from the ripoff price.

Forg0t2 said:

Your'e right. Come to think about I don't think it's available anywhere but USA. Not that I care, I never took any interest in it apart from the ripoff price.

Well in the Netherlands it was a hype for a while but because it was never available to buy it flew over.

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