Dec 04 AT 4:58 PM Dima Aryeh 6 Comments

NVIDIA GRID beta goes live, but only for San Jose residents


If you’re the lucky owner of an NVIDIA SHIELD, you know that the device can do quite a bit. It can play games locally, output games to a TV and even stream games from your computer (if you have an NVIDIA GTX 650 that is). But what if you don’t have a powerful desktop PC? That’s where NVIDIA GRID comes in.

NVIDIA GRID is a cloud gaming service that uses NVIDIA’s own servers to run games and stream them to your SHIELD. It works very much like OnLive, where it streams full PC games to a device that wouldn’t be able to run it. And this service is finally available to the public, to a small extent.

The GRID beta is available to those who live near the city of NVIDIA headquarters. It is located in Santa Clara, California, and the beta is available to those who live in San Jose. You’ll need an internet connection with a 10 Mbps download speed, a sub-40ms ping to the servers, and an NVIDIA GameStream-ready 5GHz router. If you live near San Jose, feel free to give it a shot; it just might work. It’s a really limited beta, but it’s just the beginning.

NVIDIA says that the free beta will last for at least three months, so those who have access to it have quite a while to stream games. Hopefully locations will expand soon. Do you have a chance to give it a shot? Download the GRID Beta app and tell us how it goes, and if you don’t, watch this video of someone trying it out!

Source: NVIDIA, Google Play: GRID Beta
Via: Android Community

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • pekosROB

    It’s GTX 650 or higher, I have one and a SHIELD and it works… but yeah definitely GTX 650 or higher, not 660.

    • Dima Aryeh

      Oh, I see where I made the mistake. A GTX 660 is required for 1080p streaming to the SHIELD in console mode, while the GTX 650 is required for streaming in 720p. Thanks for that reminder.

      • Sea King

        Nope. 650 for both, Ethernet cable plugged into the shield for 1080p.

        And I’m in Colorado, so the grid works pretty far away :D. I made the video.

  • joe

    Your article is incorrect. I live in Canada and the grid beta is working great on my Shield, it is not just for California residents. It is working for people all over North America.

  • Queef

    The title couldn’t be any more incorrect. Grid is working pretty much across the globe.

  • donger

    Pretty cool.