Stream a Little Stream: GeForce NOW Brings New Interactive Experience to Life

GeForce NOW hosting interactive short Baymax Dreams as part of the New Frontier Alliance Showcase at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
by Phil Eisler

As the Sundance Film Festival kicks off today, “Baymax Dreams of Fred’s Glitch,” an interactive short from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution and Disney Television Animation, is streaming from the cloud to virtual festivalgoers, using GeForce NOW.

The interactive short is part of the New Frontier Alliance Showcase at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, a partner-driven presentation of envelope-pushing cinematic visions. New Frontier’s immersive program and platform showcase stories created through new convergences of film, art and cutting-edge technology.

“Disney has the greatest storytellers in the world,” said Kaki Navarre, director of content technology at Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. “By embracing new technologies and methods, like NVIDIA RTX GPUs and interactive streaming with GeForce NOW, we can free those content creators from the processing limitations of client devices, advancing what is possible from a computational perspective, which grants significant creative freedom in how stories can be brought to life for an audience.”

Disney has selected NVIDIA RTX GPUs to power the first-of-its-kind experience, and our cloud gaming service, GeForce NOW, will deliver it.

In the interactive short, it’s up to the audience to help Fred as he tries to contain an adorable yet destructive glitch of his own creation that causes havoc inside the head of Baymax, a compassionate, cutting-edge robot.

NVIDIA GPUs are no stranger to cutting-edge visuals. For over a decade, every Oscar-nominated film for Best Visual Effects has taken to the big screen thanks to NVIDIA GPUs.

The Baymax Dreams experience is the first premium, interactive, 3D-animated content of its kind. It features touch interaction and is fully remote-rendered on our GeForce NOW cloud gaming servers. These elements allow the audience to do more than just choose the path of the story — it gives them agency.

Characters in the episode can respond positively or negatively depending on the speed and efficiency of participation.

Delivering Real-time Interactive Entertainment with GeForce NOW

Using GeForce NOW, real-time content is streamed to a user’s device in a fraction of a second. This allows seamless interaction without losing graphics quality on mobile platforms. Participants can have a high-quality experience regardless of how powerful or modern their device might be.

GeForce NOW data centers house powerful NVIDIA RTX GPUs designed for cloud gaming. They’re optimized for fast video encoding and provide high-quality visuals with reduced latency. They’re optimal for gaming as well as other forms of interactive entertainment.

It’s also the first native touch experience streaming on GeForce NOW. That’s something NVIDIA will bring more of to the cloud in the future.

The interactive short is streaming for a limited time on GeForce NOW for iOS Safari users. GeForce NOW members can interact with the short using touch input from their iPhone or iPad.