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The votes have all been cast and we can now, finally, bring you the results of our First Annual Summer Photo Contest. Dozen's of excellent images were submitted and it was a challenge to whittle all the entries down and select the prize winners. Without further ado we get to the results - drumroll please!   First Prize: "Soap Bubble" Zoran Zelic (ZZ3D)'s "Soap Bubble 1" takes the top prize. We like the spontaneity the image implies along with the overall composition...
Sometimes it’s just great “when a plan comes together.” An avid warbird photographer, I’d been familiar with Christian Kieffer’s outstanding pinup photography for years – his company produces some truly amazing nostalgic calendars featuring vintage WWII aircraft and models done up to mimic the pinups from the same era that helped to keep many an airman’s spirits high. Thinking the subject matter would lend itself well to 3D, I approached Christian a few months ago about...
The 2004 release of id Software’s Doom 3 spurred many PC gamers to upgrade their rigs – with many building completely new machines with the sole intent of driving this game at its ultimate eye-candy settings. And many gamers still came up a bit short, which is just one reason why they are looking forward to jumping into the corridor-crawling fray again with the release of Doom 3 BFG Edition.Silverlight.createObject("http://d2q1944p6r21t1.cloudfront.net/files/...
We’ve rolled out a new look for the Photo page that updates the page to have a similar look and feel to the home and video pages. We’ve added a pane of larger thumbnails across the top that is user-navigable. Just click the right or left arrows to cycle. (We will be adding an auto-scroll mechanism to this soon.) And these are viewable in 3D - just click the 2D/3D toggle button at the top right of the page. Make sure to upgrade to the most recent drivers for best performance...
If you know the Trine series, you’re already salivating: the first downloadable content (DLC) for Trine 2 is now available! If you’ve not heard of Trine at all, then prepare yourself for a visual feast. Trine is a physics-based action game in which you can switch amongst three characters – each with distinct attributes – to come up with clever solutions to an array of challenges created by hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies. The platform-style gameplay is based on...

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Thousands of movies are on Netflix and Amazon. Millions of songs are on Pandora and Spotify. Tens of millions are addicted to streaming content.

The math is clear. Instant gratification + A huge selection = An irresistible combination.

It’s time to bring these benefits to gaming.

If anything, streaming can be an even better experience for gamers. Imagine avoiding lengthy digital downloads. And not worrying about obsolete hardware.

We saw this opportunity more than a decade ago. Broadband speeds were slow, and cloud data centers were still being built. But we could see where things were going. So, we began building support for game streaming into our GPUs and our software.

The result is our GRID game-streaming service. It’s a gaming supercomputer in the cloud. And it’s available now.

Why deliver games this way? Because games are changing. Developers are building more lifelike scenes and characters. Some games now exceed 50GB in size. That can take several hours to download.

We also want to give gamers access to a platform that gets better with time. Console gamers only get new gear every 8-10 years, and their consoles become obsolete after 2-3 years. With the GRID game-streaming service, we’ll introduce new graphics technology into the cloud much more often, always giving gamers access to the latest technology.

To be sure, building a great experience meant solving the problem of click-to-photon latency. That’s the time that passes between the moment a gamer presses a button and the result seen on the screen.

This is where the benefits of building an end-to-end system come into play. We built everything from the controller to the server hardware to the GPU inside SHIELD. So we can shave milliseconds in many places.

Another advantage: services like Netflix have created demand for quicker broadband services. We’ve placed our servers worldwide. So, we’re ready to take advantage of these faster networks.

The result: We’ve cut latency to about 150 milliseconds – half the time it takes to blink. So when you game on the GRID game-streaming service, it feels like you’re playing the game on a supercomputer just a few feet away.

Every decade or so, new technologies redefine the way we game.

Starting in May, the GRID game-streaming service will come in two flavors. With GRID you can stream games at a 720p definition at 30 frames per second. And GRID Plus offers games at up to 1080p and 60 frames per second.

The GRID game-streaming service includes 50 popular PC games, with more added each week. Or you can buy the freshest AAA games from the GRID store and stream them instantly. GRID store purchases also come with a digital download key to download the game to a PC later.

The result is more than the sum of its parts. Gamers won’t have to deal with downloads, patches, reboots and other computer maintenance. And developers can take advantage of the latest GPU hardware to deliver amazing gaming experiences.

The post At Last! GRID Is a Supercomputer That’s Made to Game appeared first on The Official NVIDIA Blog.

Bigger screens, sharper resolutions, cheaper prices. TV sets get better every year. And there’s no better showcase for your favorite games.

We built SHIELD to connect that beautiful screen to PC and Android — the two most vibrant entertainment ecosystems on the planet.

The result: a new kind of flexibility and freedom.

SHIELD’s 256-core Tegra X1 processor redefines what’s possible with Android games. And there’s more power where that came from. SHIELD can stream AAA games from GRID using our powerful GRID game-streaming service.

Get Rich, Immersive Android Games.
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel  This offbeat sci-fi shooter, the latest chapter in the Borderlands saga, arrived for PCs last October. Now it’s coming to Android as a SHIELD exclusive.
  • War Thunder — Mix it up with opponents playing on console or the PC with this World War II multiplayer combat games, which makes its debut on Android with this SHIELD exclusive.
  • Doom 3: BFG Edition  Doom kicked off the PC gaming revolution. Doom 3 updated this sci-fi shooter for a new generation of gamers. And Doom 3: BFG Edition polishes this action-packed package to a high shine. Don’t miss it.
  • Resident Evil 5  An action-packed classic, Resident Evil brings a shot of caffeine to the survival horror genre this franchise pioneered.
  • Crysis 3  This sprawling open-world shooter is set in a richly detailed New York, circa 2047 – and you won’t believe what’s happened to the place.
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance  The action in this hack-and-slash game moves fast, and SHIELD keeps up. If you like intense boss fights, you’ll love this game.
Access a Deep Library of Amazing Games Streamed from GRID.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins — This is no mere rock ‘em, sock ‘em action game. The intense, atmospheric game lets gamers explore Batman’s early career as a crime fighter. A must for any Batman fan.
  • GRID 2 —  The model of a modern major racing game, GRID 2 delivers gobs of racing action in a wide variety of settings. Get ready to have your reflexes tested.
  • Metro: Last Light Redux — This is a shooter with a unique sense of place. This post-apocalyptic shooter is set in the moody, mysterious world of the Moscow subway, making it one of the definitive action games of our era.
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes — If you have kids or ever were a kid — you need on-demand access to this game, which brings LEGO and the Marvel comic book universe together. It’s a killer combo.
Enjoy the Latest AAA titles.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — The untamed world of this action-adventure game is a graphics showcase, with stunning vistas and detailed characters. With GRID’s servers powering this experience, you can be among the first to experience this world when The Witcher 3 debuts this year.
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes — The latest edition of this stealth classic is a game you’ll replay again and again. So kick back on your couch and dig in.
  • Dying Light — This sprawling open-world game pits a nimble hero against a world full of monsters. It’s a case study for how to bring fast-paced action and atmospheric adventure together.
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 — This latest chapter in the definitive horror shooter franchise delivers an intriguing tale (no spoilers here), and a terrific co-op mode.
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor — This is more than just a game for fans of all things Middle Earth. This game reinvents the action adventure genre. Enemies remember their encounters with you. And adapt to your playing style.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight — The finale to this blockbuster series promises to be explosive. Get ready to don your virtual batsuit and return to Gotham City when it debuts later this year.

 

The post Yes, It Can Play Crysis: Amazing Games You Can Play on SHIELD appeared first on The Official NVIDIA Blog.