NVIDIA nTeresting Newsletter – 5 May 2014
In this Issue:
· Buy GeForce, Get Watch Dogs— it plays best on GeForce.
· Portal cakes foreshadow the release of Portal on NVIDIA SHIELD. Maybe.
· $192 gets you started making something great with the world’s tiniest supercomputer.
· Reviews are showing GeForce 800M GPUs for notebooks are about more than just a performance jump. They have cool features you can get only with GeForce GPUs.
GeForce Let the Dogs Out, for Free
Watch Dogs was a big hit at E3 for its unique gameplay. And Watch Dogs plays best on NVIDIA.
“Watch Dogs looks rather easy on the eyes, doesn’t it? In the latest trailer for the open world action hacking game, lead PC engineer Paul Glassi goes over the special graphical features the game’s partnership with NVIDIA has provided.”
See the NVIDIA tech in action here, or read more on GeForce.com. And you can get Watch Dogs free with a new GPU.
Let Them Eat Portal Cake
NVIDIA made news at GTC when we announced that Portal was coming to SHIELD.
As you may remember at this year’s GTC Conference, NVIDIA announced that they had ported Valve’s Portal to Android and would be releasing it for SHIELD. Today we were greeted with a reminder of that, and the message that we should be able to try it for ourselves.
The appearance of mysterious cakes on the desks for top game reviewers all over the world sparked conversation about how soon we will see Valve’s killer title Portal on the NVIDIA SHIELD.
“Sometimes in life, I suppose you really can get a second chance. When I returned from the airport this evening after a brief trip, a package was waiting for me on the front porch. Inside: a honest-to-goodness cake from Aperture Laboratories, along with a notice that I’ve been accepted into their testing program.”
I can hardly wait.
“Until then, I’ll just have to wait for NVIDIA to drop Portal onto my SHIELD and ‘suffer’ with one of the best games of all time on an Android gaming console.”
Go Make Greatness with Jetson TK1
If you want the world’s most powerful mobile processor, you got it. NVIDIA is now shipping the Jetson TK1 Development Kit, the first supercomputer for developing computer vision-based embedded applications and devices.
“NVIDIA announced that they are now shipping the Jetson TK1 supercomputer kits which have been aimed at “developing embedded applications and devices” for various projects ranging from robotics to medical diagnostics. The kit features a small board powered by the Tegra K1 processor, the company announced in March at the GPU Technology Conference.”
The kit includes a Jetson TK1 development board, a full C/C++ toolkit based on NVIDIA CUDA, an AC adapter with power cord, a USB cable for flashing, and our quick start guide to help get you running. Get yours today from NewEgg or Microcenter.
GeForce 800M Notebook GPUs, More than Faster Benchmarks
Last month we launched a top to bottom line-up of new GPUs for notebooks. They are faster and much more power efficient than our previous generation.
“Anyone who spends a lot of time gaming should be happy to know that performance increases proportionally with power. All three of NVIDIA’s new modules improve frame rates enough to bolster efficiency compared to the modules they replace, and that’s what we want to see.”
And they are driving development of a whole new generation of gaming notebooks.
“It’s the natural order of things: NVIDIA releases a new line of mobile GPUs and suddenly the market is flooded with new gaming laptops.”
They also offer a multitude of cool new features thanks to GeForce Experience.
“Greater performance is just one aspect of NVIDIA’s new family of GeForce GTX GPUs, which includes the 880M. The GeForce Experience app includes several features meant to enhance gameplay and endurance.”
The first is the battery saving technology we call NVIDIA Battery Boost. But they also have ShadowPlay and GameStream support.
The most important application—one you’ll actually use a lot—is NVIDIA GeForce Experience. This gives you access to a bunch of useful tools: game optimization, the aforementioned Battery Boost technology, driver updates, information about your PC, and a video-capturing/broadcasting option called ShadowPlay.
But no new GPU introduction would be complete without across the board performance jumps and a world’s fastest title.
“Ultimately, if you want maximum gaming performance in a notebook, right now GTX 880M is where it’s at. The only way to currently beat the GTX 880M for mobile gaming is by using two of them in SLI, which is a topic for another day.”