CES 2014: Nvidia Unveils Tegra K1, Pushes GameStream Tech
Nvidia got CES 2014 started with a bang at its press conference last night, unveiling its new Tegra K1 mobile chip capable of running Unreal Engine 4 games in DX11.1.
I’m not much for core games on mobile, but to think the newest gaming tech for PCs and consoles will also be available on handhelds this year is pretty amazing.
2014 should also be the year you consider buying a new monitor. Nvidia announced that its G-Sync integrated monitors — which remove lag, tearing, and stuttering — will begin shipping sometime in Q2 (April – June).
Nvidia also pushed its GameStream technology, which enables low latency streaming of games from your PC to your TV or Nvidia Shield handheld. The company wants you to play your PC games wherever you want in 2014, and to help make it happen, it has partnered with a number of third-party hardware companies. CypberPowerPC, Digital Storm, Falcon Nothrwest, iBuyPower, MainGear, and Origin PC will all be releasing GameStream-ready gaming PC’s featuring GTX GPUs and the GeForce Experience software this year.
That’s not all. If you really want the full low-latency GameStream streaming experience, Nvidia recommended you pick up one of its new GameStream-ready routers, including these models that are out now:
- Asus RT-AC66U
- Asus RT-AC68U
- Asus RT-N56U
- Asus RT-N66U
- Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC 1750
- Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC 1200
- D-Link DIR-860L AC1200
- D-Link DGL-5500 AC1300
- Netgear Nighthawk R700
- Netgear R6300
- Netgear R6250
- Netgear WNDR4500
The question now is whether Nvidia will enable streaming from PC to TV without Shield. Personally, I’d love to see a small set top box designed specifically for low latency game streaming, complete with Bluetooth for peripherals like Valve’s upcoming Steam controller. The Shield is an impressive piece of tech, but I’m not that interested in handheld PC gaming or using Shield to control the games I stream to my TV. Perhaps we’ll see some alternatives at Valve’s CES 2014 press conference tonight.