Shield Tablet owners in North America will be able to try out Grid, a new service from NVIDIA that will offer free cloud access to some 20-odd PC games. Much like the remote play option currently available for tablet and portable users with their personal gaming rig, you'll be able to dig into some high-end titles from just about anywhere, only with Grid, NVIDIA's servers are the ones hosting the games.
Some of the games being supported by Grid right off the bat include Borderlands 2, Batman: Arkham City, Saints Row: The Third, The Witcher 2, Darksiders II, Dead Island, Turbo Dismount, Flyhunter Origins, Strike Suit Zero, Pure Pool, and Oddworld: Strangers Wrath, with more being added every week. The open preview period will be available to NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Portable owners and will run until June 30. There's no mention of what pricing will be like for the service after that point. Europe should be getting a preview in December, and Asia Pacific will get access sometime in the second quarter of next year.
After over two years of NVIDIA talking up their Grid infrastructure, it's great that a proper service is finally seeing the light of day. The only other notable player in the cloud gaming space is Sony's PlayStation Now, which is in a similar pre-launch phase. It will be interesting to see which of the two will come out ahead. The clincher is likely to be device compatibility, and seeing as we've tried Grid on the HTC One X, NVIDIA's long-term prospects are looking good.
The Grid preview kicks off this month, alongside the release of Lollipop 5.0 on the Shield. How many of you guys are PC gamers? Would you be willing to pay for a subscription to a cloud gaming service? Could it be compelling enough to be a selling point for a device?