NVIDIA on Wednesday made several big SHIELD-related announcements. Among them is a new GeForce Now service, which takes everything NVIDIA learned from the GRID PC streaming service and bundles that into a premium streaming gaming service. The company hopes that it will fill a gaming gap in a culture more and more reliant on streaming everything from music to movies to, now, hopefully games.
The service will debut on October 1 and will include more than 50 titles at launch. NVIDIA will also sell new releases that users can then load up instantly (technically they should load in under 30 seconds.) With each new title, users will also receive a PC code to download and play that game on their own PCs at home. All games will run at up to a 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. Supported devices include the SHIELD, the SHIELD Tablet and the original SHIELD portable.
NVIDIA also announced that the SHIELD and SHIELD Pro will launch in the U.K., France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden beginning on October 1, and all of those markets, in addition to broader Europe and Southeast Asia, should also have access to the GeForce Now service.
The SHIELD will finally be available in more places. Google will soon sell the SHIELD to its Google Fiber customers as an accessory in Provo, Utah, Kansas City, Missouri and Austin, Texas. Additionally, it will launch in retail shops such as Best Buy and Fry’s in the near future.