Nvidia Reveals GTX 780 Ti, Gamestream Adds Console Mode
Aside from the initial announcement, not much is known about the card. We do know that it will fit in snugly between the $650 GTX 780 and the $1,000 GTX Titan. I’m hoping that the new card pushes the price of the GTX 780 down below $600, and hopefully this is a card with additional compute cores instead of a simple clock increase.
The real meat of today’s Nvidia news is in the Gamestream build-out. Currently, if you own an Nvidia Shield handheld and a GeForce GTX GPU, you can stream PC games from your gaming PC to your Shield. That process is getting blown out a bit, as the game streaming goes from beta to the official release version. A Console Mode is being thrown in the mix, which lets Shield owners connect the handheld to their TV. The Shield acts as the middle man between the TV and your PC — a mini, less-powerful Steam Box, if you will. Console Mode will require a separate Bluetooth controller, but aside from that, it’s all coming in the pipeline as a software update.
Along with playing games on your TV via the new Console Mode, you can use the entire Android operating system as well. The output to your TV is currently limited to 720p, but Nvidia says 1080p is in the works.