Nvidia has emailed Shield owners that the chipmaker has decided to discontinue the GameStream feature. The company will push out an update to Shield devices starting mid-February, where GameStream will no longer be available. The news will certainly not bode well with consumers who recently picked up a Shield device during the Black Friday sales.
If you're not acquainted with Nvidia's GameStream functionality, it's a feature that allows Shield TV or Shield tablet to stream their favorite titles from a GeForce GTX-powered computer. The chipmaker had previously updated GameStream to support framerates up to 60 FPS at 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution.
Nvidia didn't share the reason why it's pulling the plug on GameStream. However, the chipmaker invited Shield users to give GeForce Now a try. GeForce Now is Nvidia's cloud streaming service, available free of charge if you're willing to live with significant limitations. The priority package costs $9.99 a month, whereas RTX 3080 tier will set you back $19.99. Nvidia also recommended Valve's Steam Link as a replacement for GameStream. Of course, AMD Link is also out there, which supports non-AMD devices.
Nvidia will disable GameStream in the form of an update to the Nvidia Games app. Shield owners could ignore the update, and GameStream will likely work for a while beyond the grace period. However, it will eventually stop working, and other services, such as GeForce Now, will require users to update the app to continue their functions. It would appear that another developer team has hooked up with the Moonlight team to create Sunshine, which poses to be an open-source GameStream host and could be a viable option for when GameStream is gone.
A Redditor (opens in new tab) has shared Nvidia's email, which you can read below.
Starting in mid-February, a planned update to the NVIDIA Games app will begin rolling out to SHIELD owners. With this update, the GameStream feature will no longer be available. SHIELD users can continue to use GameStream until that time. Visit our FAQ (opens in new tab) for more information.
SHIELD users can stream games from their PC using the free Steam Link app (opens in new tab). Visit the Steam Link site (opens in new tab) to learn more.
We also invite you to stream PC games from the cloud using NVIDIA GeForce NOW (opens in new tab).
Thanks fpr the report
I mean... The writing on the wall could not be clearer: why give that for free to people when you can just force them to pay you for the service?
They just announced a huge two year pandemic subscriber gain back in August. However no mentions of what number were paid and of what tier though. Well of course gamers probably flocked to services like that when they couldn’t get or didn’t want to pay stupid high mark ups. Now I wonder how many of those subscribers are sticking around. Selling a GPU is great, but perpetually renting one out in a time shared service is what really gets the investors salivating. Now they need to keep those numbers up at the very least and growing if possible.
Other than the PR hit, it’s a win win win for Nvidia. They get rid of the technical debt of having to maintain the local streaming tech, sounds like they cleared out a lot of old stock just before this announcement, and anybody that isn’t absolutely pissed about it they may convert to a investor pleasing sub.
Remains to be seen how bad the PR backlash is, but Nvidia seems to be convinced they are the goose that lays the golden GPUs and sure people will be mad. However even if they are mad, they are still buying for now.
But I think the more concerning part of the "right to own" fight, is that it looks like Nvidia is canceling all of GameStream. That's a feature/Selling point for all their expensive GPUs, not just their niche streaming box.
Because those people already paid for the local streaming functionally. It was included in the price of the hardware.
Not that Nvidia would ever consider those who purchase their product to be "people".
We are just the faceless inhuman mass of Consumer.