Nvidia Activates ShadowPlay Twitch Streaming On New GeForce GPUs

Nvidia pushed a GeForce Experience update out today, bringing the software to version 1.8.1. The major change over 1.8? You can now link your Twitch account to ShadowPlay, allowing for streaming and decoding directly on the card. Anyone using a GeForce 600 or 700 series graphics card can use the new feature. Both card lineups have built-in H.264 decoding, hence the requirement (sorry, 500 series users).

While the service is a bit hit or miss with older games, ShadowPlay is pretty effective when paired with a newer title (Battlefield 4, for example). It’s worth tinkering with for a few minutes if you have the appropriate hardware, and streaming on Twitch has already become the norm for PC gamers around the world.

From the GeForce blog:

Earlier in the month we brought you GeForce Experience 1.8, which introduced Adjustable Optimal Playable Settings, and major ShadowPlay updates that made the critically-acclaimed gameplay recording tool even better. Today, we’re updating GeForce Experience to version 1.8.1, and adding Twitch streaming to ShadowPlay, enabling you to broadcast your gameplay and commentary live to gamers worldwide, instantly, and without the need for additional capture equipment or software.

As with recordings saved to disk with ShadowPlay, Twitch ShadowPlay streaming has a minimal performance impact on framerates thanks to the H.264 hardware encoder built into GeForce GTX 600 and 700 Series desktop graphics cards. And unlike other capture solutions, your in-game framerate will not be capped, enabling you to enjoy every game at full speed even when broadcasting.

“Broadcasting to Twitch has become an integral part of the gaming experience,” said Brooke Van Dusen, Director of Business Development, Twitch. “We’re extremely excited to work with NVIDIA to make Twitch live streaming available to GeForce Experience users. ShadowPlay is revolutionary, providing high quality streams with almost no noticeable performance impact for our users.”

Check out the streaming for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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1 Comment on Nvidia Activates ShadowPlay Twitch Streaming On New GeForce GPUs


On December 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm

How do you link it to twitch? I cannot find any setting for linking account.