Nvidia Set to Launch Free GRID Cloud Gaming Service
Nvidia said Thursday that it will launch a free preview of its GRID cloud gaming service for Shield tablet owners in North America later this month, promising to keep the service free of charge through the first half of 2015.
GRID cloud gaming will launch with about 20 titles available to stream and play on Nvidia's 8-inch, Tegra K1-based Shield tablet, including several titles in the Batman: Arkham series, Borderlands and Borderlands 2, Psychonauts, Darksiders, and more.
Additional games will be added to service on a weekly basis after launch, the company said.
Nvidia, describing its GeForce-powered on-demand gaming service as 'Netflix for games,' said the GRID preview will launch in Western Europe in the first quarter of 2015 and in Asia Pacific markets in the second quarter.
An option to launch GRID has been added to the Shield tablet's Shield Hub screen, which remains the device's launch pad for apps and both Android and PC games, as well as a portal for gaming news and shopping.
Nvidia is upgrading its Shield tablet to Android 5.0 'Lollipop' ahead of the holidays and offering a special 'Green Box' bundle with the purchase of the $399 32GB, LTE-enabled version of the device. The bundle includes copies of Valve's Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, and Portal.
The 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version of the Shield tablet is priced at $299, while the Shield controller is $59, and a kickstand cover for the device can be had for $39.
Nvidia is also upgrading its Dabbler painting app to take advantage of some new graphics and stylus functionality in Lollipop. Dabbler 2.0 comes preloaded on the updated Shield tablet.