Tuesday March 03, 2015

Highlights From NVIDIA's Made to Game Event

For those of you that missed NVIDIA's Made to Game Event, we've compiled a few of the highlights of the event for you along with some screenshots and video.

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The big announcement of today's event was the company's new SHIELD set-top-box which the NVIDIA described as the "world's first 4K Android TV console." The Tegra X1 powered device supports 4K video playback at 60 Hz. There is also 7.1 surround sound support, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and an IR receiver. You can also use the microSD card slot to expand the 16GB of internal storage. The SHIELD will retail for $199 and comes with a controller that is capable of running up to forty hours on a single charge.

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For gamers, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says there will be more than fifty titles at launch on its GRID game streaming service and over one hundred titles by the end of the year. Jen-Hsun went on to say that the device is capable of playing games over NVIDIA's GRID game streaming platform at 1080p resolution and 60fps...but there is a catch. Much like Microsoft's Xbox Live service, the GRID game streaming service will come in two flavors. The basic GRID service allows you to stream games at a 720p definition at 30 frames per second while GRID Plus offers games at up to 1080p and 60 frames per second.

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The SHIELD set-top-box and GRID game streaming service will be available in May. You can watch the complete presentation below:

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