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GameStream coming to tablets this year

by on09 January 2014

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As expected, Nvidia is planning to bring GameStream technology to tablets later this year, Time reports. Gamestream debuted on the Shiled console last summer, but it was not included on the Tegra Note 7, or any other Tegra 4 tablet for that matter.

The Tegra Note 7 was designed as an affordable tablet built around a powerful chip, so GameStream functionality was out of the question. The make GameStream work, devices need speedy 2x2 MIMO WiFi. It’s not just the tablet, either – your PC, router and your tablet would have to support 5GHz 802.11ac/n wireless.

There aren’t that many compatible products out there at the moment. Nvidia currently lists just a dozen GameStream-ready products from Asus, Buffalo, D-Link and Netgear. In addition you will need a compatible GTX card to make it all work.

However, if you are planning to do a bit of remote gaming, GRID support may be an issue. GRID went live in December, but it is only available in a few regions in the US. There’s just one GRID data centre in San Jose, California, and GRID is still in beta.

Still, even without GRID, GameStream on tablets could be interesting in some situations. It wouldn’t be very useful for most genres, but then again there are plenty of popular genres that should work well on tablets, namely RPG, RTS and turn-based strategies.


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