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Nvidia's Surround Gaming hit by delays

Nvidia's Surround Gaming hit by delays

Nvidia's answer to AMD's Eyefinity, Surround Gaming, has been pushed back to the end of June.

AMD's Eyefinity multi-monitor technology is generating a lot of interest these days and looks to have the market to itself for a little while longer, following reports that Nvidia's rival technology is experiencing delays.

The Nvidia Surround Gaming technology - which promises a combination of multi-monitor support and Nvidia's 3D Vision - is set to offer competition to AMD's Eyefinity, but according to Nvidia's Tom Petersen the company is now not going to hit its original deadline for release.

In a blog posting - via Tech Report - Petersen states that "the surround driver needs some final improvements" and won't be released as part of the initial 256 driver rollout.

The good news is that while Nvidia gets the last parts of the technology working just so, the slip won't delay things for too long: originally scheduled for an April rollout, the company is now hoping to release a follow-on to the 256 driver branch by the end of June that will bring the Nvidia Surround Gaming technology with it.

While it's not a long delay, the move gives rival AMD more time to push people toward its own Eyefinity technology - even if the displays for such setups are still a little on the expensive side.

Are you pleased to hear that Nvidia's Surround Gaming technology is due for imminent release, or has the delay simply reaffirmed your love for AMD's Eyefinity? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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general22 20th May 2010, 11:35 Quote
Not a big deal really, Eyefinity isn't really perfect yet either so NV can hopefully catch up with the AMD solution and learn from some of the short comings. Also all of the Eyefinity optimised games should also play well with any NV solution.

What they should be focusing on is actually getting some competing graphics cards into the market.
Unknownsock 20th May 2010, 11:36 Quote
Its pretty much inferior to ATI's alternative anyway, although this will give the gtx295 longer life span.
And any gtx200 sli setups.
Bayaz 20th May 2010, 11:55 Quote
Does anyone really care about multiple monitors? I'd say its a very small percentage of users
barndoor101 20th May 2010, 12:08 Quote
kylew 20th May 2010, 12:29 Quote
I wonder how much truth there is in the "It's delayed until june only".

They said countless times "Fermi's due *month*" and it was an outright lie.
AshT 20th May 2010, 12:45 Quote
Might this have something to do with Nvidia's cards burning up while trying to power one monitor let alone > 1 ?
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Originally Posted by barndoor101
once you try eyefinity, its really hard to go back:

http://sites.amd.com/us/underground/products/eyefinity/Pages/eyefinity-experience.aspx

That looks glorious! Would love to see same with 6 monitors and as soon as they get rid of the bezels ... mmm
barndoor101 20th May 2010, 12:54 Quote
speaking from experience, i could go back to playing on a single screen.

i showed that demo site to some of my colleagues (who know i have an eyefinity array), and got called nasty names ;)
Lance 20th May 2010, 12:58 Quote
The longer they spend working on it hopefully the better it will be.

I'm sick of recieving half finished products being called final. If they can improve on the eyefinity system then i'm willing to wait.
Unknownsock 20th May 2010, 13:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bayaz
Does anyone really care about multiple monitors? I'd say its a very small percentage of users

I do! i run an Eyefinity setup myself.
All games easily become more fun, expecially Driving and Sim Games.
memeroot 20th May 2010, 13:20 Quote
can you get 3 monitors off sli? but not for gaming?
Unknownsock 20th May 2010, 13:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by memeroot
can you get 3 monitors off sli? but not for gaming?

Yes.
somewhereoveryonda 20th May 2010, 15:56 Quote
Isn't one big screen just cheaper and nicer with no bezzels etc? I'm aware the resolution isn't as high as having 6 all at high res but I'd be more distracted by the bezzels... which they cant completely get rid of!
barndoor101 20th May 2010, 16:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by somewhereoveryonda
Isn't one big screen just cheaper and nicer with no bezzels etc? I'm aware the resolution isn't as high as having 6 all at high res but I'd be more distracted by the bezzels... which they cant completely get rid of!

its not as bad as you think, with 3 screens your focus is on the middle screen, with the other 2 providing peripheral vision - so you dont notice the bezels.
CharlO 20th May 2010, 16:52 Quote
The thing is that eyefinity is not that hard software and logically. When you aim to several screens whoms angles you don't control, give a person estereoscopic vision is a nightmare.
memeroot 20th May 2010, 17:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by
Unknownsock
So with 2 9800 gx2s I could get 4 monitors?
Farfalho 20th May 2010, 18:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by barndoor101
once you try eyefinity, its really hard to go back:

http://sites.amd.com/us/underground/products/eyefinity/Pages/eyefinity-experience.aspx

BT staff said the same about going back it was just painful because they wanted to keep on the 3 monitor setup xD
Teh C 20th May 2010, 19:52 Quote
nVidia hit with delays?

never
mac007 20th May 2010, 21:53 Quote
Sure I've got a 24" which is big enough! Ride a bike so do use my peripheral vision, but hooking up 3+ monitors is getting carried away here for a gaming experience. Rather fork out the cash towards a new bike.
2bdetermine 21st May 2010, 08:59 Quote
I rather have 3 high quality LCD setup than a half baked stereo 3D with a ridiculous glasses.
AshT 21st May 2010, 09:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2bdetermine
I rather have 3 high quality LCD setup than a half baked stereo 3D with a ridiculous glasses.

Better still, I'd love to have a 6 screen setup WITH the controversial 3D glasses. Heaven.
Star*Dagger 21st May 2010, 23:26 Quote
I doubt many people on this site have bought nvidia since (their last real offering) 8800 GTX.
Ive been running a 4870x2 and 5970. There is not a need for nvidias poor offerings, they are running a pretty distant second and have no multi-monitor mojo to combat Eyefinity.
Catflavor 24th May 2011, 15:30 Quote
I swapped to eyefinity on a 2GB 6950 about three months ago and the experience is amazing. My friends see it and immediately start strategising about how to do the same - so its clearly convincingly good. BUT, this is the first ATi (AMD if you will) card I've owned in around 10 years and the driver snags and annoyances that drove me away and made me appreciate nVidia are still there in one form or another. For example, if I switch between eyefinity (1 big desktop spanning 3 screens) and 3 desktops, the catalyst drivers 'forget' which order the screens are arranged in from left to right, so you spend 5 minutes setting them up all over again. Its been a known problem for at least the 3 driver revisions I've used. I make that change several times a day... It was unbearably annoying until I figured out a workaround; now I am just reminded how slapdash it all is every time I change screen layout. Sometimes the cursor goes a bit squiffy on the side screens too. So, my mates see my setup and they all say "Wow... but how are you finding the ATi card". I can only reply to them, "As soon as nVidia do the same on one card, I'm going straight back".
Three screens is very immersive and truly adds to a gaming experience (when the game developer knows how to put the HUD on the middle screen, not on the far left and right! New games are generally better than old ones (except for Atari, of course) for obvious reasons). I don't notice the bezels at all. As someone else mentioned, you focus on the middle screen mostly, using the others for information and quick glances.
I'm a real advocate. If you play driving games, its the best upgrade after a wheel and pedals. Its also great for flying, FPS and MMOs. Sometimes, but not universally good for RTSs. But I was truly surprised that ATi/AMD don't have niggle free drivers yet. I expected a pleasant return to 'the competition', a 'modern experience', thinking "surely it can't still be botched software". But alas, it does feel a little bit like it is. Eyefinity rocks, the drivers...not so much.
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