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Nvidia hints at game streaming technology

Nvidia hints at game streaming technology

Nvidia has hinted to Bit-Gamer that it is experimenting with game streaming technology.

Nvidia has hinted that it is experimenting with technologies that would allow users to stream their games from PCs to other devices around their homes in a conversation with Bit-Gamer at GamesCom 2011 yesterday.

The Nvidia representative we spoke to wouldn't offer any confirmation or idea of how serious the company was about the idea, but did lay down heavy hints.

'Imagine you're playing Crysis 2 on your PC and you're able to stream it around your home to a tablet device, which you could then plug into your TV if you wanted,' said the Nvidia representative.

When it comes to new technologies like OnLive, people will have the choice to 'pay to stream it over the internet, or do it themselves.'

Is Nvidia ready to announce a new product soon, we asked?

'I didn't say announce,' we were told. 'We're experimenting and that's all I can say.'

The comments came in response to questions about the imminent launch of OnLive in the UK, a new cloud-powered game streaming service due to launch in the UK this September.

Let us know your thoughts in the forum.

Check our GamesCom 2011 news hub for all the information from Cologne this year.

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meandmymouth 20th August 2011, 00:08 Quote
Very intriguing!
javaman 20th August 2011, 00:11 Quote
Effectively my own personal cloud, just the way I like it!!
dicobalt 20th August 2011, 00:35 Quote
OMG this is proper application of the "cloud"!
RichCreedy 20th August 2011, 01:04 Quote
remotefx might have the answer to that
Gigglebyte 20th August 2011, 09:07 Quote
Until the UK and other large consuming countries such as the US bring unlimited data caps in as standard I don't think that these services will take off just yet.
Bede 20th August 2011, 10:29 Quote
Streaming around your home is not dependent on broadband data caps, just the terrible packet loss of wireless. Wireless n just makes it worse, even though you get higher throughput.
Penfolduk01 20th August 2011, 14:03 Quote
"Experimenting"? Does this mean they've got their hands on a prototype Wii U? :-)
rogerrabbits 20th August 2011, 20:15 Quote
Sounds great.
Toploaded 21st August 2011, 07:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bede
Streaming around your home is not dependent on broadband data caps, just the terrible packet loss of wireless. Wireless n just makes it worse, even though you get higher throughput.

Oh? Would you say it's better to use G rather then N then providing you have good range on both?
Marvin-HHGTTG 21st August 2011, 10:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
Imagine you're playing Crysis 2 on your PC and you're able to stream it around your home to a tablet device, which you could then plug into your TV if you wanted

Yay?

I'd love to sacrifice my wonderful screen and peripherals to play on a tablet that's lacking proper control interfaces connected to a TV of lower resolution, quality and worse pitch than my monitor.

Especially as most PC games don't allow splitscreen or similar.

The only way I see this as useful is if you're able to run two or more of one game on the main PC and stream one of those to a less powerful device.
Bede 21st August 2011, 13:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Toploaded
Oh? Would you say it's better to use G rather then N then providing you have good range on both?

The 5GHz range can carry more information, but drops off quite rapidly over distance through objects (because it is a higher frequency) while the 2.4GHz carries less but goes a little further. Either way they are both pretty terrible inside anything larger than a flat.
Toploaded 21st August 2011, 19:27 Quote
Hm, I'm going through a desk, 2 walls and a floor at a distance of around 8 meters. I really wish it was an option for me to LAN.
ssj12 21st August 2011, 20:14 Quote
hopefully its better than OnLive
llamafur 22nd August 2011, 02:36 Quote
Finally
djab 22nd August 2011, 10:55 Quote
It would be like "StreamMyGame" but for "free".
Interesting :)
Woodspoon 22nd August 2011, 13:16 Quote
I think I must be missing the point here somewhere.
Stream a game from your PC to another device, but you have to have your PC on anyway, so why not just use that?
you could wireless kb, mouse but that's just moving clutter from one room to another, use wireless joypad or tablet controls? no thank you.
I can't think of any real advantage to this
you lose all advantages of playing on a PC and gain?
It's not like it could even add to the social aspect like playing on a TV with a console does because PC's just don't really do split screen multiplayer stuff.
seems pointless, but maybe that's just me.
Culinia 22nd August 2011, 16:56 Quote
Pointless.

How is it going to stream? Wireless - no too choppy and too much lag. So therefore you will need some sort of wire.

Why not just get a long conventional DVI cable and connect it from the PC to the TV. As for keyboard and mouse. Now THAT would be more interesting.
OCJunkie 23rd August 2011, 17:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article

'Imagine you're playing Crysis 2 on your PC and you're able to stream it around your home to a tablet device...' said the Nvidia representative.
Right. And why would you ever want to play Crysis on a 7in touchscreen anwyays? I don't see the point.
ssj12 24th August 2011, 03:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Culinia
Pointless.

How is it going to stream? Wireless - no too choppy and too much lag. So therefore you will need some sort of wire.

Why not just get a long conventional DVI cable and connect it from the PC to the TV. As for keyboard and mouse. Now THAT would be more interesting.

disagree, wireless-N or better should be able to offer little to no lag.
rogerrabbits 24th August 2011, 07:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Woodspoon
I think I must be missing the point here somewhere.
Stream a game from your PC to another device, but you have to have your PC on anyway, so why not just use that?

It's extremely useful in lots of situations but here is one example which might be quite common for people. You have a powerful gaming PC in your bedroom, and in your lounge you have a low power HTPC plugged in to your TV. It's a fully functioning PC, so you can browse the web on your TV, but the graphics card is a low energy fanless card, so no good for gaming.

With this gadget you would be able to play even Crysis on your HTPC, without ruining it's silence/energy efficiency etc.

As for the wireless issue, I don't think it's as bad as some people make out. I get a very good solid signal in my house, so I think it would work fine. And wireless is improving all the time too so it's daft for people to call this useless, especially seeing as it's probably a number of years from being available anyway.
fullsilence 31st August 2011, 15:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by djab
It would be like "StreamMyGame" but for "free".
Interesting :)

There is free counterpart of StreamMyGame already called Single Player Game Transmitter.
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