It is the first game-streaming service to offer instant streaming at 1080p60.
NVIDIA’s cloud streaming PC gaming service, GRID, just received a massive resolution boost. The service now supports full 1080p streaming at an eye-popping 60 frames per second. Engadget calls the upgraded resolution “pretty much the gold standard for PC gamers.” As it should be, since it matches the resolutions and frame rates found on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
When GRID launched last year it could offer only 720p resolution at the coveted 60 FPS frame rate. With the new enhancement, GRID becomes the first game-streaming service that can instantly stream games at 1080p / 60 FPS.
“[GRID] let me play Ultra Street Fighter 4 streamed at full high-definition at 60 frames per second, or 1080p60. It was tough to go back to 720p60,” said NVIDIA’s Brian Burke in a blog post. “The difference was huge.”
Although services like Netflix have been able to stream movies at 1080p for awhile now, the challenge for video games is their interactivity. Most people are accustomed to pressing “play” to watch a movie and having to wait for it to buffer or load. But game play cannot be buffered. Any noticeable lag from button pressing to screen action can ruin the experience for gamers. That is why the ability to stream at 1080p for games has taken so long to achieve.
That is also why it requires a massive Internet connection. To take full advantage of 1080p streaming gaming at 60 FPS NVIDIA recommends a a 30Mbps Internet connection, and a 50Mbps if someone is in a house with multiple users competing for bandwidth.