Cloud has taken over the technology world.
With the movie and music industries having pounced on the chance to provide unlimited and instant content to customers, it’s a massive industry and hugely beneficial to people who want instant streaming. With millions of users using services such as Spotify, Hulu, Netflix, and NowTv.com, amongst many others, the ability to content straight away is a welcome addition to music and film lovers technology repertoire. And now it’s possible for game lovers too.
It was only a matter of time before gamers could use their devices to hook up directly to their games. With cloud offering services to PC’s, smartphones, tablets as well as connected televisions, it’s obvious that the gaming industry – worth a whopping $68 billion, is to jump on the cloud wagon.
Here’s where NVIDIA Grid steps in. Creating a new way to experience gaming, from performance through to graphics no stone will be left unturned, and it’s unlikely the thirst gamers will develop for cloud based gaming will ever be satiated again.
So what exactly is so special about NVIDIA Grid, besides game performance and cloud computing? Firstly, a key point that will be music to many gamers’ ears is the simplicity of “clicking to play”. Users will be able to choose from a library of their own games and continue with their quests, battles or candy land creation instantly from wherever they want.
Along with this instantaneous gratification, the ability to connect up to a plethora of devices is the bonus of NVIDIA Grid. Offering premium quality, NVIDIA Grid means gamers can game away from their smart phones, TV’s, tablets, PC’s/Macs. It’s a fantastic step forward for gamers everywhere.
With Cloud, there’s no hardware. This means no fiddling with wires and connecting up to devices, there’s no downloading of huge files, no waiting for pre ordered discs, no unpacking cardboard boxes. It’s simple, it’s just there, and it’s going to be brilliant if it delivers on all the promises it offers – which we have no doubt it will.
NVIDIA is already known for its constant improvement to gaming performance and delivering stunning graphics to offer gamers the most realistic game play experience possible. Having worked with companies that provide the world’s biggest super computers, there is no denying their power to provide.
Using some of the same tech goodness that these supercomputers use, this is harnessed to successfully stream games directly from the Cloud and has been constructed by a hoard of skilled engineers to provide the best possible service. NVIDIA quote it as “Think of it as a supercomputer in the Cloud, built by NVIDIA”.
So let’s get stuck into the nitty gritty, the real techy stuff! What is this system actually made up of, and what’s it offering? One of NVIDIA’s main focuses was on latency (in other words, the dreaded ‘lag’). By reducing this by 30ms, there is no chance of any faltering which guarantees flawless streaming, making you feel like you’re on your console whatever device you choose to connect up with.
The NVIDIA Grid enables users to have up to 24 different streams of HD games, all on one server thanks to the new GPU virtualisation tech. Not to mention, with the ability to connect up to 24 simultaneous users, the amount of power used for each stream is dramatically reduced, a bonus for everyone.
All in all we’re super excited for the prospect of this becoming a standard part of gaming everywhere. With the features and functionality NVIDIA packs, it’s a new concept that is going to dominate.
Shelly Flaherty is a tech mad mom of two. She loves gaming, and exploring new developments on offer in the gaming world.