Nvidia Grid cloud gaming platform breaks cover


GPU maker set to demonstrate cloud gaming platform at CES 2013.

Nvidia has partnered with six companies to launch its Grid cloud gaming platform.

The company, which is best known for producing high-end graphics processing units (GPUs), will be demonstrating the technology at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The new service will provide a unified platform for cloud gaming services offered by Agawi, Cloud Union, Cyber Cloud Technologies, G-cluster Global, Playcast Media Systems and Ubitus.

The collaboration will allow users of these systems to access games “anywhere, anytime, without being tethered to a box”, Phil Eisler, general manager of cloud gaming at Nvidia claimed.

“The world’s most exciting games can now be played as easily as you stream a movie, right onto your TV or mobile device. No more discs to shuffle or files to download and install. Just click and play,” Eisler added.

According to Nvidia, Grid is designed to serve up to 36 times more HD-quality streams concurrently than first-generation cloud gaming systems, while reducing lag.

This is achieved, the company said, by integrating a high density of Nvidia GPUs and specialised graphics-application streaming software into Grid, while its VGX Hypervisor allows multiple users to share a GPU.

Rajat Gupta, co-founder of Agawi, said: “Nvidia Grid is a fantastic tool that gives cloud service providers the improved density to make true-GPU clouds a reality and allows our operator, publisher and developer partners to reimagine the gaming experience.”

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