NVIDIA shared its vision for reinventing gaming, TV and transportation at the CES opening keynote on 4 January.
As well as unveiling their vision for the AI car — with support from a slew of major automotive industry players — NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced that their highly anticipated GeForce NOW service will expand to millions more PCs and Macs.
Alongside this, Huang also announced the launch of a new version of SHIELD, the world’s most advanced streamer.
At the keynote, in front of a football pitch sized curved display lit with images, videos and animations, Huang announced the expansion of GeForce NOW.
For years, GeForce Experience has enabled gamers to capture and share game play with fans and friends. Previously exclusive to its own Android-based Shield devices, the new GeForce will be expanded to PCs and Macs this coming March.
Designed for people who didn’t have access to a gaming PC or didn’t have the inclination to build one, Huang described the service as “basically a GeForce gaming PC on demand”. It’s a simple way for new players who may not have access to a high-performance GeForce GTX gaming rig to experience great PC gaming. It connects gamers to GeForce GTX 1080 PCs in the cloud, renders games with the latest NVIDIA GameWorks visual technology and streams them in high definition to PCs and Macs.
Furthermore, the company announced gamers can connect with Facebook to broadcast live, upload screenshots and recordings directly to their timeline.
Bringing AI Home
Alongside the GeForce expansion, Huang introduced an updated version of SHIELD. The new system now supports 4K HDR and offers 3x the performance of any other streamer on the market.
With the addition of Amazon Video in 4K HDR, SHIELD offers the largest, most open catalogue of media in stunning 4K – also supporting Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies and VUDU.
Furthermore, a collection of upcoming features will transform SHIELD into an AI-powered hub for smart homes. SHIELD will support the Google Assistant hands-free and with a soon to be released update it will also support SmartThings – turning it into a smart home hub that can connect to hundreds of smart home devices.
And to extend SHIELD’s reach throughout your home, Huang introduced SPOT, a SHIELD accessory and AI mic that extends intelligent control throughout the house.
Of the updates, Huang said:
We want to be able to turn your home into an AI. We believe your home will engage you and you will engage your home in natural simple ways.
2017 is set to be an exciting year for NVIDIA and gamers alike.
Featured image: NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveils GeForce Now service. Photo: NVIDIA