NVIDIA used their game streaming technology as a major selling point for the NVIDIA Shield, and now they’re taking that one step further by consolidating all of their streaming technology under a single brand: GameStream. It doesn’t fundamentally change how anything works, so you’ll still be able to stream PC games to the Shield (if you have a proper NVIDIA graphics card). Now, any streaming done from PC to Shield or from NVIDIA GRID (their own cloud based game streaming solution) to PC/Shield will be titled GameStream.
The Shield will be getting a few extra tricks thanks to this rebranding, though. NVIDIA is introducing a new microconsole mode that will allow the Shield to be connected to an HDTV while having PC games streamed to it, complete with BlueTooth controller support and 1080p support. 108op streaming requires extra bandwidth, though, so if you’re planning on doing this over the Shield’s native 720p streaming, it’s going to require some type of hard-wired USB connection.
This is a bold move for NVIDIA that will certainly help their brand recognition as they try to make things like their Tegra tablets and NVIDIA Shield more popular. It’s definitely got me considering an NVIDIA card for my PC the next time I upgrade, too.