CNET First Look
Nvidia adds a PC game streaming service to its Shield tablets (hands-on)The Nvidia Grid cloud gaming service serves up around 20 PC games for free, but only to a handful of devices.
I'm Dan Ackerman, and we're here taking a look at the new cloud gaming service from Nvidia. It's Nvidia Grid cloud gaming service, and kind of like OnLive did for PC and PlayStation does for consoles, it lets you stream games that can be played on a server remotely. On to your local device. In this case it's Android devices, and in particular the Shield tablet and the Shield portable. No other Android devices for right now but it's the kind of it's the kind of software and hardware combination that could certainly work on a lot of different devices. But for now once Lollypop hits Android devices you'll be able to update. Your Nvidia Shield Hub software from the Google Play store. And it'll add the grid as an option. Then you go into the grid, and you're able to launch the game from there. And the game is being played basically on a huge server farm full of PCs. So you're getting the PC version of the game on your Android tablet. And, you know, people have, have worked with games like this before. There's always, always some lag with Playstation now with on live and here. This actually feels pretty good. This is a first person shooter, which is sort of the most difficult way to do a game like this. And you can have [UNKNOWN] and 20 P. There's a tiny bit of lag sometimes, but this is certainly the best feeling version of this we've tried out so far. It launches on November 18th. And it's a free demo for now with about 20 games, and later on they'll move onto some sort of a, you know, paid model whether it's subscription or buying games outright. I'm Dane Ackman, and that is the Nvidia Grid cloud games here. [MUSIC]