Nvidia’s Project Shield: developers react

Project Shield

What do developers think of Project Shield, the new gaming handheld which Nvidia claims will ‘do for games what the iPod and Kindle have done for music and books’? While the device runs on Android, this is quite different to most portable devices that run on Google’s mobile OS. It’s a high-end system, powered by Nvidia’s new Tegra 4 processor, able to stream Steam games from a PC, and push 4k video to HDTVs over HDMI. Yet it also runs the hundreds of thousands of apps and games available on the Google Play store. We spoke to several developers with experience of mobile app development and big-budget console and PC games, and their responses might be politely described as mixed.

Gaikai and Nvidia deal to stream Hawken using “GPU-less” tech

Gaikai has signed a deal with Hawken developer Adhesive to stream its multiplayer mech shooter when it enters open beta this December.The game was demonstrated during the keynote at this year's GPU Technology Conference', running on an Nvidia twin-Kepler set up capable of sending high-end games to any device able to receive encoded video – even if it doesn't have an in-built GPU.

Nvidia planning Kepler-powered smartphones

Nvidia plans to bring its powerful new Kepler technology to smartphones in the future, according to an internal email."Today is just the beginning of Kepler," writes Nvidia boss Jensen H Huang in a congratulatory email to staff. "Because of its super energy-efficient architecture, we will extend GPUs into datacenters, to super thin notebooks, to superphones."

Nvidia launches new GPU range

Nvidia launches new GPU range

Nvidia has today launched its latest graphics card, the GeForce GTX 680, retailing at £429. The step-change in capability that it offers is something of a statement of intent for the PC market as a whole: a GPU which effectively throws down the gauntlet to manufacturers of next-gen consoles. Not only does it make huge gains in performance, but it does so while slashing the required power intake, and running cooler and quieter, too.