A new experience
Nvidia this week improved its Grid cloud-gaming service by adding support for streams at Full HD 1080 at 60 frames per second (1080p60). While movie services are already streaming content at 1080p (and beyond), Grid becomes the first Internet-based streaming game service to offer 1080p60, which comes by way of yesterday’s Shield Hub beta release. The 720p60 option streaming is still available as well.
To take advantage of 1080p60 streams, you’ll need a fast Internet connection — at least 30Mbps, and Nvidia recommends 50Mbps if there are multiple devices competing for bandwidth on your home network. By comparison, 720p streaming requires around 5-10Mbps of bandwidth.
The reason Nvidia recommends so much more bandwidth at 1080p60 is because it’s processing over twice as many pixels in real-time as 720p. And unlike movie services that might buffer on occasion, the combination of real-time encoding and maintaining a low latency requires some heavy lifting, both at the front end and presumably the backend — Nvidia brought on board two new data centers bringing the total to six, and it wouldn’t surprise us if Nvidia upgraded or added faster graphics cards to Grid.
In any event, more than 35 games in the Grid game library support 1080p60, including Batman: Arkham Origins, Devil May Cry 4, and Dirt 3 Complete Edition.
You can join the new Shield hub beta here.
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