NVIDIA Announced Shield Android TV and Titan X GPU at GDC 2015
NVIDIA made some surprising announcements at its recent appearance at the annual Game Developers Conference, most notably the NVIDIA Shield home console and the flagship Titan X graphics card.
The Shield home console – which NVIDIA claimed is also the world’s first Android TV – is set to disprove the long-standing notion that states one would need a high-end gaming PC to enjoy the most demanding of games.
This is mainly possibly due to the Shield being granted access to NVIDIA Grid – a cloudbased supercomputer. This unique relationship between the two platforms allows you to effortlessly stream the most graphically-intensive games directly from the Grid, and enjoying them on the Shield home console.
To put it simply, NVIDIA Grid undergoes all the hefty processing required to run your game of choice, while the Shield merely handles the task of displaying it on screen. Furthermore, if your Internet connection is sufficiently fast – NVIDIA recommends a speed of 50Mbps – you can have your games streamed to you in 1080p and at 60 frames per second.
This brings us to their next behemoth – the Titan X GPU.
While we don’t have many specifics to work with, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang did mention during its unveiling that the Titan X is built on NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture, features eight billion transistors, a 12GB framebuffer and took thousands of engineer-years to build. What we do know for sure is that the Titan X is set to be one of the most, if not the most powerful GPU on the market when it officially goes on sale.