NVidia’s astoundingly radical NVidia Grid development has introduced a paradigm shift in the world of gaming. Based on Kepler architecture GRID boards, it features an innovative multiprocessor streaming design. Programmers can accelerate all loops, letting the GPU generate new threads without depending on the CPU and at the same time it allows multiple CPU cores to access a single Kepler GPU, aiding efficiency.
There are two variants of the high-performance Kepler based Nvidia Grid boards. One is the Grid K340 allowing high-density gaming while the other is Grid K520 allowing high-performance gaming among concurrent users.
The NVidia Grid is at the heart of Gaming as a Service, allowing a rich multimedia experience regardless of the device, even 3D intensive gaming accessible from anywhere through the internet.
- Gamers are no longer restricted to their own collection. With the Grid they can access cloud-based libraries that can be streamed anywhere and accessed on any device, doing away with the need for exclusive gaming consoles.
- Games are streamed the same way video is streamed. Even 3D games in the cloud are encoded and streamed over the internet to PCs, Macs, tablets, smartphones and TVs.
- You can access a huge online library, save your games and play from any device.
- With the Grid and streaming services, hardware restrictions vanish as do complicated setups. Just log in, select your game and start playing. In effect, the Grid forms the backbone of a gaming supercomputer in the cloud delivering gaming as a service effortlessly over the net.
- A single server can stream 48 HD quality games concurrently with reduced latency which means it feels as if you are playing a local console game. You can play one game, save your progress and then continue on another device since all rendering is done on the Grid-based server.
- Since the Grid server handles rendering this means the lower load on the battery when you play games on portable devices, conserving battery power and allowing you extended gameplay. Since the games are maintained on the Grid-based server, storage space is also saved on your portable devices. You only need a small streaming client to access games in the cloud.
What gamers will appreciate is the fact that Nvidia is promoting Grid-based cloud gaming by roping in hardware partners to develop suitable infrastructure. At the same time, it is also focusing on game developers worldwide, encouraging them to develop and deploy cloud-based games that make use of Nvidia’s Grid technologies. About 10 cloud gaming services are operating, based on NVidia’s grid and more will go on stream in the future, a positive incentive for gamers to go for cloud-based gameplay.
Even broadband service providers see value addition and are tying up with Nvidia as are satellite dish operators to help you play games on your TV through gaming devices such as Ouya, powered by Android. About 200 people on NVidia’s staff coordinate with game developers to have them modify existing games and develop new ones incorporating NVidia’s grid cloud gaming technologies.
With NVidia’s full support to developers and hardware manufacturers, gamers can expect more titles that work seamlessly in the cloud with Grid technologies, offering a realistic 3D gaming experience and enhanced, device-independent performance.