Full HD, 60FPS gaming streaming is here, courtesy of Nvidia

Could this be the beginning of the end for home consoles?


Nvidia has announced its Grid game streaming service can now support full high-def gaming at 60 frames per second. That’s 1080p60 for all you number crunchers. And it's got us rather excited.

While other streaming services like OnLive have tried streaming in the past, this is the first streaming service we've seen that offers full HD resolution at an impressive 60 frames per second.

Nvidia's two new data centres - one for the southwestern US and one for Central Europe - have helped to achieve this impressive feat. More data centres means that there's lower latency, and therefore more reliable streaming. 

While we're fine with waiting for videos to buffer, input delays in gaming can easily be the difference between surviving a firefight or getting blown to smithereens, expecially in quick-reflex FPS titles, so we're hoping that those new servers deliver on their promise.

Currently the service will only be available on Nvidia's own Shield handheld, tablet and set-top box devices, and will support more than 35 games at launch, including Batman: Arkham Origins, Devil May Cry 4 and Dirt 3: Complete Edition.

The latest version of Grid can now be accessed by beta members through the new SHIELD Hub beta here, or you can wait until the full official release, which is expected to be at the end of May. 

If the service operates smoothly without any major hiccups, we could be looking at the death of the physical home console and the beginning of a new era of streaming games from the cloud, straight to our TVs. Bring it on.