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Gamestream, GTX 780 Ti, G-SYNC, and more from NVIDIA

Posted by: John at 10/19/2013 6:07 AM

NVIDIA certainly had a full news day yesterday. At an event in Montreal, they unveiled some new products and services that will be heading our way.

First up, there's a new high end video card in the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Having reviewed the GTX 780, this card should be a screamer. It's a step below the Titan in terms of power, but should give those craving more speed without spending $1000 the performance they want. No word on pricing yet.

GameStream is the name that NVIDIA is now calling the technology that lets your PC stream games to the NVIDIA Shield. Over 50 games are supported, with some of the new hot titles coming out being playable on Shield such as Batman: Arkham Origins. Right now, you can only do it over a LAN connection, but in the future, NVIDIA's looking to let you do it via their GRiD cloud computing. This tech can also let you attach a Shield to a TV via HDMI and enjoy big screen gaming or video watching.

One of the things that I don't like about gaming is the stutter or tearing that can happen when a monitor can't keep up with a high end card. NVIDIA is introducing G-SYNC, a module that will help eliminate these annoyances. You'll need a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti or above to be able to use it and it will be released in both an add-on module as well as being built into monitors. G-SYNC also has the potential to eliminate input lag. There will be a way to mod some monitors yourself or you can purchase one that's already built with it. If you want to go all out, you'll want a 4K monitor with one of these installed.

ShadowPlay is launching October 28th with the ability to record your gameplay footage utilizing the Kepler hardware to help give you great quality video without taxing your CPU. You'll need a GeForce GTX 600 series or higher video card to use this and at E3, I was giving a demonstration of the tech. It's pretty cool as one who does a lot of streaming and recording. ShadowPlay will automatically record the last 20 minutes of your gaming session so you'll never miss those great moments you want to share with friends. Of course, there's a way to manually start and stop the recording as well. By the end of the year, Twitch streaming will be available, which is great news for those that don't want to spend money on another piece of software or hardware to stream their gameplay.

Overall, some great announcements coming out of the Montreal event and some I can't wait to get my hands on to use.