One of the more esoteric toys NVIDIA brought to CES this year is its new NVIDIA Grid server rack. For a good many of use, there might as well be little green hamsters running on little green wheels inside these rather cool-looking racks. (Don't ever let anyone tell you NVIDIA doesn't put a little style into what it does.) But the bottom line is that this is a rack of 20 servers, with some 240 GPUs, capable at cranking out some 200 teraflops of gaming to your smartphone or tablet. OK, not just yours. Lots of them. At once. You're not going to be buying this -- major gaming corporations will.

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But that doesn't mean we didn't get a chance to actually see it in action. NVIDIA's got Grid rigged up at its booth here at CES, feeding a number of devices. We took a quick look at it pumping out some console-quality gaming to an HTC One X. The results were pretty darn good. (Especially considering a couple handicaps our demonstrator had to deal with. You'll see in the video.)

All in all, NVIDIA Grid looks to very much be a viable service for getting games to all your devices, without actually having to have the games on your devices. Check it out after the break.


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First look: NVIDIA Grid gaming server on an HTC One X


Wow, so they ran the devices in the same room. Pretty impressive. What happens when it's a couple hundred miles away? Oh, Nvidia doesn't sell that.

Which those are the things that actually determine viability. Just because Nvidia has no control over it, doesn't mean they shouldn't consider it before designing a product that depends on it.

Sounds and looks good, but I will only be able to play it at home anyway because I bet it will use loads of data which my phone tariff doesn't provide so might as well just play xbox

The guy just revealed they are partnering with Verizon FIOS to bring this to their set top boxes. Goodbye consoles!

Cable TV, Controller, $20 more a month, and you have the capability of a $2000 PC. NICE!

until you have a 2 day service interruption, then you cant play anything. Nothing will replace having a unit in your home.