While the big, flashy news from yesterday’s Nvidia press conference was the Android-powered Shield gaming device, the company also unveiled the Grid, a game-sreaming service…thing, that will supposedly allow gamers to play games from any compatible device over the cloud. If this sounds familiar, it should: it’s basically the premise of game-streaming services OnLive and Gaikai, but with the beefed-up power of Nvidia behind it.
According to a post on Polygon about the new service, up to 24 concurrent users will be able to game from each Grid server, while each rack will hold 20 servers, and each rack will boast 240 Nvidia GPUs, capable of 200 teraflops of power. Nvidia’s slide from the press event claims that’s the power of roughly 700 Xbox 360 consoles, or, using math, one Xbox 252,000.
There are still a number of questions that need to be answered. Will Nvidia be running a cloud-gaming service, which will allow gamers to play what they want? Will the technology be licensed to other companies for their own cloud-gaming service? Or will the game developers and publishers simply stream the games themselves using the Grid, cutting out streaming companies entirely? We’ve reached out to Nvidia for comment, so this post will be updated if we learn anything.
As to when the Grid will become available in one way or another, it’ll probably around the same time as the Shield, which is slated with a tentative Q2 2013 release, so keep your eyes peeled. Gird yourself…for the GRID. Man, they should hire me to do advertising copy…