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NVIDIA BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) Preview

On January 8, 2018 at CES 2018, NVIDIA introduced what they call the NVIDIA BFGD – the NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display.

Created in conjunction with NVIDIA hardware partners Acer, ASUS and HP, the NVIDIA BFGD integrates a high-end 65-inch, 4K HDR 120 Hz display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology together with NVIDIA SHIELD, to deliver a smooth gaming and streaming experience on a giant screen.

We had our first preview of the NVIDIA BFGD at the NVIDIA Computex 2018 GeForce briefing, and the main NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference with Jensen Huang. Check out the details!


The NVIDIA BFGD Revealed!


NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR adds HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability to G-SYNC, which is a variable refresh rate technology that delivers smooth, tear-free gaming experience, when used with an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.

The NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR monitors will boast high refresh rates, higher brightness levels, greater contrast ratios, and a wider colour gamut. The NVIDIA BFGD will be no different, driving a 4K display at 120 Hz, and 1000 nits of brightness with DCI-P3 colour gamut.

Ultra-Low Latency Gaming

Nothing is more important to gamers than responsive gameplay. The NVIDIA BFGD will have ultra-low input latency, just like gaming monitors, for the most fluid and responsive big screen gaming experience.

Big Screen Streaming

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The integration of the Android TV-based SHIELD into NVIDIA BFGD will allow gamers to easily switch between gaming and other forms of entertainment. The bundled SHIELD remote and game controller allow for easy navigation and access to all of the world’s biggest streaming apps, including Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, and Hulu.

With support for the Google Assistant, the entire experience can be controlled simply by using your voice. G-SYNC HDR technology also supports video playback at native framerates, including popular 23.976, 24 and 25 FPS formats. This matches the screen’s refresh rate to the video source’s actual frame rate, eliminating interpolation and presenting the video content as it was intended to be viewed by the director.



After the NVIDIA Computex 2018 GeForce briefing, we had the opportunity to take a close look at the NVIDIA BFGD monitor. This one appears to be an ASUS ROG model.


NVIDIA BFGD Availability

At the NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang revealed that the BFGD monitors will be available at “the end of summer“.

That means these massive monitors from Acer, ASUS and HP will be shipping sometime in Q4 2018around September 2018.

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NVIDIA Captures Three Major Computex 2016 Awards

TAIPEI,  May 31, 2016NVIDIA won big at the Computex 2016 Best Choice Awards, with the NVIDIA Tesla M40 GPU and NVIDIA Jetson TX1 module hauling in Gold Awards and the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV clinching a Category Award.

Garnering these three prestigious awards extends the company’s winning streak — the longest of any international Computex exhibitor — to eight consecutive years. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen will hand out the awards.

Nearly 375 technology products from more than 140 vendors vied for the Best Choice Awards at Computex 2016, the largest technology tradeshow in Asia and second largest in the world. The Best Choice Awards, established in 2002, honour innovation, functionality and market potential.

The Gold Award-winning NVIDIA Tesla M40 GPU is the world’s fastest deep learning training accelerator. Purpose-built to dramatically reduce training time, the Tesla M40 can crank through deep learning models within hours versus days on CPU-based compute systems.

The NVIDIA Jetson TX1, the other Gold Award winner, is the world’s most advanced system for embedded visual computing. A supercomputer on a module that’s the size of a credit card, it offers embedded computing developers the highest performance, latest technology and the best development platform.

Winner of the Digital Entertainment & AR/VR Application Category Award, NVIDIA SHIELD transforms the living room entertainment experience with 4K streaming, advanced gaming and Android TV. It also comes with GeForce NOW, the only game-streaming service that delivers GeForce GTX gaming to the TV instantly.

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SEGA and Warner Games Now Available On GeForce NOW

Two more top game publishers will be streaming their titles on NVIDIA SHIELD with GeForce NOW, bringing the total number of PC games available to stream on our Android TV device to 100.

SEGA and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment will add a combined nine hit titles to the GeForce NOW service in the coming weeks. NVIDIA announced the additions at the Game Developers Conference, in San Francisco. Square Enix added games to the service just last month.

GeForce NOW is the world’s most powerful game-streaming service. It features cloud access to GeForce GPUs and a click-to-play time of less than 30 seconds – 100x faster than waiting for traditional digital downloads. It’s
the fastest, easiest way to play great video games, and GeForce NOW is only available on NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV – the fastest, Android-based media-streaming device for the living room.


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Android 6.0 Marshmallow & New Games For NVIDIA SHIELD

Written by Chris Daniel, NVIDIA

Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and new content are descending onto NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. This week at CES 2016, in Las Vegas, we’re announcing new automotive and virtual reality technologies and partnerships. SHIELD continues to evolve, too, with a slew of new features, games and apps.



We’ve made a commitment to supporting the NVIDIA SHIELD family with frequent, meaningful software upgrades. We’re continuing to honor that pledge as Android 6.0 Marshmallow heads to SHIELD Android TV.

Among the biggest enhancements Marshmallow brings is Adoptable Storage, which helps you super-size your storage capabilities. When adding an SD card, USB drive or external hard drive, SHIELD Android TV can recognize the new storage as internal memory.

We’re also enhancing the startup process. So there are even fewer steps you need to take before launching your favorite apps, movies, music and games.

Additionally, recent updates allow SHIELD Android TV owners to take control of the Recommendation Row and edit the apps that can push suggested content. They can also re-order apps and games in the download section — or allow them to appear in most recent order in which you’ve used them.

We’ll continue to support SHIELD with industry-leading software upgrades.



Konami’s acclaimed video game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is coming to SHIELD; pushing the boundaries of graphics, style and lightning-speed gameplay on a media streaming device.

Starting this Thursday, Jan. 7, you can control the hero, Raiden, a former child soldier transformed into a half-man, half-machine cyborg ninja with a soul fueled by revenge.

A fantastic story set in the Metal Gear universe complements the hit game’s non-stop action. With cyborg technology now the norm, you’ll battle rival private military companies to subdue the war economy, stabilize regions, save lives and gain peace, all while leading a path for Raiden to resolve his troublesome past.


New NVIDIA Shield Apps

[adrotate banner=”4″]The Android TV ecosystem has blossomed since SHIELD Android TV launched last May, and recent additions to the app family further establish SHIELD as one of the leaders in the media streaming category.

UltraFlix, the world’s largest library of 4K content, is a streaming network that enables subscribers to choose from over 600 hours of pristine 4K Ultra HD video on demand. It joins a growing stable of media apps, including HBO NOW, HBO GO, Showtime and Twitch, among countless others.

There’s an infinite amount of content available at a moment’s notice and SHIELD continues to deliver it best at the highest resolutions.

And what better time than during CES to pass along an update.

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NVIDIA Iray “Predictive Design” Demo On Shield Tablet

NVIDIA today revealed the power of the new NVIDIA Iray “Predictive Design” capability in a regional tech briefing in sunny Singapore. Bob Pette, VP and General Manager of the NVIDIA Quadro team flew in to give us a live demonstration of almost-live ray tracing on an NVIDIA Shield tablet.


Ray Tracing & Predictive Design

Ray tracing has been around for decades, and offers the most photorealistic rendering of any 3D image. However, it is computationally intensive which means real-time rendering is not remotely possible. In fact, the workflow is arduously long and more importantly disconnected.

The disconnect is a big problem, because it means the designer cannot immediately see the results of his/her work. Instead, he/she will have to wait for the final render to be delivered before making changes, and the process repeats until the design is accepted.

Thanks to the highly-parallelised nature of ray tracing, NVIDIA Quadro family of professional graphics cards can deliver almost real-time ray tracing capability via their NVIDIA Iray technology.

This capability allows a much quicker “Predictive Design” process, because the designer can now predict what the final output would be. Instead of waiting for a render to be finalised at some off-site location, the designer can almost instantly produce a ray-traced view of the design.

Best of all, this capability does not require the designer to physically have access to a powerful render farm, or even high-powered workstations with multiple NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards. In fact, less capable devices, like the NVIDIA Shield tablet, can remotely access those capabilities.


NVIDIA Iray Predictive Design Live Demo

In this video, NVIDIA Quadro VP and General Manager, Bob Pette, demonstrates the NVIDIA Iray “Predictive Design” capability on an NVIDIA Shield tablet. The tablet does not actually render the image, but merely acts as a display and interface. The actual rendering work is performed on the workstation you see behind, powered by two NVIDIA Quadro M6000 graphics cards.

Currently, the NVIDIA Iray technology allows this demo setup of dual NVIDIA Quadro M6000 graphics cards to serve up to 3 tablets simultaneously. With some optimisation, Bob says they should have no issues supporting up to 5 tablets at the same time. It can also work with NVIDIA GRID.

When even more powerful graphics cards on the horizon arrive (courtesy of the forthcoming NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture), he says it’s not inconceivable for a single workstation to support 10 tablets or laptops at the same time.


How Is This Important?

As far as gaming is concerned, the photorealism derived from ray tracing is not worth the effort and cost. The current “Predictive Design” capability offered by NVIDIA Iray offers a glimpse of what might be possible for PC gaming maybe a decade or two down the line.

[adrotate banner=”4″]What NVIDIA Iray offers now is a much faster and better workflow for designers, whether they are in the engineering or architectural industry. They can now design better products and even buildings faster, because they can see the effects almost immediately.

In his presentation (which we will be posting shortly), he demonstrated how the lack of such ray tracing capabilities have resulted in design faux pas like the infamous Walkie Talkie skyscraper (now nicknamed Walkie Scorchie!), which melted cars in London with its “death ray”.

The remote rendering capability that Bob demonstrated above will also be appealing to companies that offer customisation of their products – like cars, apparel and jewellery. Their sales staff can now change colour and material and almost instantly render the final product image for the client to view and approve on-the-spot. Impressive, isn’t it?