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Latest GeForce Experience Beta Update Is All About Streaming

Nvidia released an update to the GeForce Experience early access beta that increased the maximum quality streams that can be shared live and played through a Shield device. The new version also adds YouTube Gaming as an option for live broadcasting.

We first spoke about the GeForce Experience beta program in August, shortly before it was launched in September. The opt-in preview GeForce Experience beta introduced an in-game overlay that lets players access gameplay recording and streaming options, several new recording and upload features, and the ability to share games with friends through Gamestream Co-Op.

The latest update focuses on refining available features more than adding new ones. Gamestream has been updated for local streaming. This is the function that lets you stream games through a local network from a gaming PC to a Shield gaming device attached to a computer. Prior to this release, Gamestream broadcasts were limited to 1080p at 60 FPS with stereo sound. With today's beta update, the quality can be scaled up to 4K at 60 FPS with 5.1 surround sound, provided a powerful enough computer is on the local network though a hardwired connection.

Nvidia recommended an Intel Core-i7 CPU with at least a GTX 980 Ti GPU and a machine connected to a 100 Mbps home network with CAT 5E network cables to attempt Gamestream at 4K.

Live broadcasting has seen some improvements with the latest GeForce Experience beta. Gamers can now stream to with higher quality settings. The maximum streaming quality is now 1080p60 at 9 Mbit/s, which Nvidia said is a considerable improvement from previous GeForce Experience streaming settings.

In addition to improved quality for Twitch, GeForce Experience beta now supports YouTube Gaming for live broadcasts. The maximum quality for YouTube Gaming is also 1080p at 60 FPS, and Nvidia said it can be accessed with just a couple of clicks. Simply click Share and select Connect. A window will open up where you choose Twitch or YouTube; then click Log In. This sets your account up for broadcasting through GeForce Experience.

Nvidia said that by default, the software will prompt you for which service to use when a broadcast is started, but it can be setup to connect directly to your preferred host.

Nvidia said that in addition to the streaming quality enhancements, the latest GeForce Experience beta update includes more than a dozen additional fixes and tweaks, including stability improvements and crash fixes associated with specific applications and games.

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