NVIDIA GameStream Coming to SHIELD Owners on Oct. 28th

by Jason Paul

When SHIELD launched back in July, the ability to stream PC games from your GeForce GTX PC to SHIELD was lauded by critics, even though the feature was still in BETA.

Today, at our The Way It’s Meant to be Played press event in Montreal, our CEO Jen-Hsun Huang outlined the company’s vision for a connected gaming ecosystem. At the center of this is a new streaming technology standard called NVIDIA GameStream.

NVIDIA GameStream, due to launch on Oct. 28, is NVIDIA’s advanced streaming technology, combining the high performance of GeForce GTX graphics cards with advanced Wi-Fi technologies to deliver super-smooth, low-latency gaming on the go. It effectively puts the ultimate GeForce gaming experience in the palm of your hands.

With support for more than 50 top PC games, including upcoming 2013 blockbuster releases “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” there is plenty of gaming to be had. Initially, NVIDIA GameStream will be available for local PC streaming, however, longer-term, it will also support NVIDIA GRID cloud gaming services.

Along with the release of GameStream comes expanded streaming support, including:

  • Super smooth and fast performance at 60 frames per second.
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi quality of service in combination with GameStream Ready routers from leading network partners ASUS, Buffalo, D-Link, and NETGEAR.
  • Improved onscreen navigation and controls.

Jen-Hsun also revealed a brand new capability called “SHIELD Console Mode,” which transforms your portable SHIELD into a full gaming and entertainment console on your big-screen TV.

Simply attach SHIELD to your HDTV via HDMI, pair it with a Nyko PlayPad Pro Bluetooth controller, and sit back on your couch and play your PC games with GameStream. In addition to streaming PC games, the mode allows gamers to play Android games, browse the web, and watch their favorite movies at native 1080p on the big screen.


Starting on Oct. 28, to celebrate the release of GameStream, NVIDIA will offer up to $100 off SHIELD plus free copies of “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Splinter Cell Blacklist” and “Batman: Arkham Origins” with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards. Stay tuned for more details on resellers and system builders that will be offering the bundle.

For more information on SHIELD, visit shield.nvidia.com.

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  • Mattia Daniele

    So no GameStream on tegra devices yet. I’d like to see this feature on the wikipad for instance.

  • strauzo

    We want android 4.3 on Shield….

  • Elronza Williams Jr.

    Sweet! I’m one happy Nvidia Shield owner.

  • Elronza Williams Jr.

    I think these are features only Tegra 4 devices will have.

  • Mattia Daniele

    No, they used the same technology on the OUYA, and it runs on tegra 3.

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Very glad to hear it!

  • Brian_Caulfield

    I’ll be sure to pass along your suggestion!

  • Mattia Daniele

    Here the proof of what I was sayng. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYyaYeih1LY . They are using NVIDIA GRID but it’s not more different from the GameStream: it is even more complicated, and it works pefectly,

  • Elronza Williams Jr.

    Nvidia Grid is a totally different thing from Game Stream. Yes the Ouya and the Shield and the Wikipad and the MadCatz Mojo and other devices with Tegra can all use the Nvidia Grid technology. But only the Shield and maybe a selected few other devices can use Game Stream.

  • Mattia Daniele

    Well, let’s see what NVIDIA’s engineers will pull out. I’m pretty sure they are working on something really similar already.

  • Vulpis

    Um…you plug the controller into a TV, and then have to use *another* controller to play the games? That’s kinda silly, as compared to all those $20 or less ‘Older console packed into a controller’ devices out there.

  • Carlo Lopes

    any external usb joypad compatibility available on Nvidia shield such as xbox360 wired controller?? Thanks!

  • George Arlington Subroto

    Where do I get $100 off to buy this Shield with 780 bundle, Do they give a $100 Rebate or Instant Discount? Since on Newegg, TigerDirect, and Amazon I cannot find the $100 off to buy this thing with 780.. Please help.