As part of their Montreal game showcase announcements, NVIDIA has announced that come October 28th the company will be consolidating their various PC game streaming technologies under a single banner. The new brand, to be called NVIDIA GameStream, will see NVIDIA’s various game streaming initiatives such as GeForce PC Streaming (PC-to-shield) and NVIDIA GRID cloud game streaming (GRID-to-PC/Shield) become a single brand under the NVIDIA umbrella.

With GameStream the underlying technology itself won't be changing – it’s still fundamentally about pairing up NVIIDA NVENC equipped GPUs with Tegra and other endpoint devices with a matching H.264 decoder – but with this change NVIDIA is also going to be adding additional functionality to better utilize the tech.

Chief among these is that NVIDIA’s Shield handheld game console will be getting a microconsole-like mode, dubbed “Shield Console Mode”, that will allow the handheld to be converted into a more traditional TV-connected console. In console mode Shield can be controlled with a Bluetooth controller, and in accordance with the higher resolution of TVs will accept 1080p game streaming from a suitably equipped PC, versus 720p in handheld mode. With that said 1080p streaming will require additional bandwidth, and while 720p can be done over WiFi NVIDIA will be requiring a hardline GigE connection for 1080p streaming (note that Shield doesn’t have Ethernet, so this is presumably being done over USB). Streaming aside, in console mode Shield will also support its traditional local gaming/application functionality.

Ultimately Shield Console Mode and other GameStream functionality will be part of a larger effort by the company to try to get game streaming off of the ground sooner, as the company has a significant interest in both the value add side of things (to sell more GeForces) and an interest in securing a large chunk of the projected cloud game streaming market through NVIDIA GRID (to sell more GRID boards). Furthermore, although the company hasn’t announced any details at this time, we’re told that they will be forming a GameStream Ready branding initiative with various WiFi router manufacturers to qualify routers with sufficient Quality of Service capabilities.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • Jumangi - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    So the future of PC gaming from AMD or Nvidia is proprietary tech to lock users into their hardware. Against the very core nature of what PC gaming has been about from the beginning. We have console for people who want that. I'm sick of Valve, AMD and now Nvidia wanting to do the same to the PC. Screw all their junk.
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - link

    Well.. they're trying to differentiate more. Apart from proprietary technologies there's little reason to choose either for pure gaming. Not saying this is a good idea, but if any of this would make it into widely adopted open standards everybody wins. So let them try to figure out first what works well and what doesn't. Or let us figure out what's worth our money and what's not.
  • polaco - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - link

    as I understood this looks like a more open and standard solution since just depends that you have a device that has wireless display capabilities:
    however the article is quite sparse and you will have to investigate further. I wonder why AMD does not presents things in an easier way to end user. Their technology is way better than their marketing department.
  • chizow - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    If they can ever get to the point I can stream from:

    PC > Remote Cloud > Shield

    I'd be sold. I will probably wait for 1 hardware iteration before I jump in on Shield though. Bigger screen, refined form factor, faster Tegra SoC, 802.11 AC and I think I'd be ready to dive in.
  • polaco - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - link

    Hasn't this + a wireless controller much more sense than using the NVidia solution?
    Just in case your pc does not support it, a miracast dongle costs 30bucks...

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