2,000 Games and Counting: GeForce NOW Library Taking Shape 

GeForce NOW has already been enjoyed by millions of gamers. As we approach the end of our trial period, we’re working to build a robust catalog of PC games with full support from the development community.

This includes a new opt-in process for developers and publishers to offer their games on GeForce NOW. Response has been strong with over 200 publishers committing to streaming on the service.

GeForce NOW is an extension of the PC ecosystem. There is no cost for developers — games just run without difficult porting requirements — helping them reach millions of players who don’t have game-ready PCs.

Going forward, only the games that are opted in will be available on the service, providing confidence in the GeForce NOW game library. Yet some publishers are still figuring out their cloud strategies. Those that haven’t opted in as of May 31 will be removed.

The current list of games playable on GeForce NOW, including mega-hits — like Apex Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Destiny 2, Dota 2, Fortnite, Rocket League, Terraria and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege — can be found here, along with the list of games that will no longer be available.

With more than 2,000 games already committed to the service, including over 500 instantly playable and more added every Thursday, the GeForce NOW library is shaping up nicely.

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Intel Delivers World’s Fastest Gaming Processor

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What’s New: Intel introduced today the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ S-series desktop processors, including Intel’s flagship Core i9-10900K processor, the world’s fastest gaming processor1. With speeds reaching up to a maximum of 5.3 GHz with Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost2 out of the box, 10th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver real-world performance for a new level of experience in gaming.

“Intel is committed to enabling the future of powerful desktop gaming by continuously pushing the performance boundary to deliver an amazing PC gaming experience. The 10th Gen Intel Core S-series for desktops, and the Intel Core i9-10900K processor, the world’s fastest gaming processor reinforces our commitment to the gaming and enthusiast communities.”
– Brandt Guttridge, Intel senior director of the Desktop Products Group

Why It’s Great for Gaming and Overclocking: At the top of the stack is the unlocked 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10900K, the world’s fastest gaming processor1, featuring up to 10 cores, 20 threads and DDR4-2933 memory speeds. The i9-10900K processor powers the ultimate gaming experience, allowing more tuning control, faster multitasking and smoother gameplay. The new Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 provides automatic performance boosts on lightly threaded applications, while per-core hyperthreading control allows experienced overclockers to decide which threads to turn on or off on a per-core basis. Improvements in this generation include:

  • Up to 187 frames per second3 for in-game performance while streaming and recording, and up to 63 percent more frames per second4 in gaming compared with a 3-year-old PC.
  • Up to 12 percent faster5 video editing compared with the previous generation, and up to 15 percent faster6 video editing compared with a 3-year-old PC.
  • Up 18 percent faster7 4K video editing compared with the previous generation, and up to 35 percent faster8 4K video editing compared with a 3-year-old PC.
  • Up to 31 percent better overall system performance compared with a 3-year-old PC9, 10.

About Key Features and Capabilities: The 10th Gen Intel Core S-series processors deliver smooth gameplay through best-in-class connectivity11, immersive entertainment and enhanced streaming.

  • Intel Thermal Velocity Boost: Gamers and creators get an opportunistic and automatic boost across single-core and multicore workloads, with up to 5.3 GHz.
  • Intel Hyperthreading Technology: Now across 10th Gen Intel Core i9 to i3 processors.
  • Enhanced Core & Memory Overclocking3: Gain ultimate control when overclocking your processor and key system components with features enabled by new unlocked and overclockable 10th Gen Intel Core processors.
  • Intel® Ethernet Connection I225: Now available on the 10th Gen platform, 2.5G Intel Ethernet Connector I225 delivers greater than two times the network speeds of 1GB Ethernet on existing cabling.
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201: Now integrated into 10th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) delivers responsive gameplay, nearly three times faster12 downloads and more reliable connections. Delivers best-in-class connectivity11 with the freedom and flexibility to game or create anywhere throughout the home or office.

When You Can Get It: 10th Gen Intel Core S-series processors are expected to be available globally through normal retail channels and in desktops sold worldwide by OEMs and channel system integrators, starting in May.

More Context: 10th Gen Intel Core S-series (Product Brief) | 10th Gen Intel Core Processors – Amazing Gaming Starts With Intel (Press Kit) | More Powerful Edge Processing with 10th Generation Intel Core Processors for IoT and Edge | A New Power Standard has Desktops Sipping Energy when Idling | Intel® Z490 Chipset (Product Brief)

The Small Print: All information provided here is subject to change without notice. Contact your Intel representative to obtain the latest Intel product specifications, roadmaps, and related information.

Performance results are based on testing as of April 17, 2020 in configurations and may not reflect all publicly available updates. See backup for configuration details. No product or component can be absolutely secure.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit http://www.intel.com/benchmarks

Intel technologies may require enabled hardware, software or service activation.

Your costs and results may vary.

Statements in this document that refer to Intel’s plans and expectations for the quarter, the year, and the future, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. A detailed discussion of the factors that could affect Intel’s results and plans is included in Intel’s SEC filings, including the annual report on Form 10-K.

Altering clock frequency or voltage may void any product warranties and reduce stability, security, performance, and life of the processor and other components. Check with system and component manufacturers for details.

© Intel Corporation. Intel, the Intel logo, and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

1As measured by in-game benchmark mode performance (score or frames per second) where available, or frames per second where benchmark mode is unavailable. PC Gaming Processors Compared: 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K, Intel® Core™ i9-9900KS, AMD Ryzen™ 9 3950X. Prices of compared products may differ. Configurations: Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, Memory: 4x8GB DDR4 (2666, 2933 or 3200 per highest speed of the corresponding processor), Storage: Intel Optane SSD 905P, OS Windows 10 Pro 1909 v720 19H2(RS6). Results: 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K scored better on the majority of the 25+ game titles tested. Intel will be marketing the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K with the tag line “Elite Real World Performance” in certain jurisdictions, including PRC and Vietnam. Intel will be marketing the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K with the tag line “Intel’s Fastest Gaming Processor” in certain jurisdictions, including Argentina, Belarus, Belize, Chile, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Panama, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, and Ukraine. If you are media, an influencer or a marketer from these countries, or otherwise communicating directly to residents in these countries (e.g., on local-language social media), please only refer to the tag line Intel will be using in that country in lieu of the claim on this slide/document.

2Includes the effect of Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost (Intel® TVB), a feature that opportunistically and automatically increases clock frequency above single-core and multi-core Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequencies based on how much the processor is operating below its maximum temperature and whether turbo power budget is available. The frequency gain and duration is dependent on the workload, capabilities of the processor and the processor cooling solution.

3As measured by Megatasking workload on PUBG on 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K.

4As measured by Players Unknown Battleground (PUBG) on 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K vs. 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7700K.

5As measured by Adobe Lightroom Classic workload RUG 1010 on Intel® Core™ i9-10900K vs. Intel® Core™ i9- 9900K.

6As measured by Adobe Lightroom Classic workload RUG 1010 on Intel® Core™ i9-10900K vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700K.

7As measured by Adobe Premier Pro CC workload RUG 1209 on Intel® Core™ i9-10900K vs. Intel® Core™ i9- 9900K.

8As measured by Adobe Premier Pro CC workload RUG 1209 on Intel® Core™ i9-10900K vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700K.

9As measured by SYSMark*2018 on on Intel® Core™ i9-10900K vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700K.

10Intel technologies may require enabled hardware, software or service activation.

11‘Best in Class Wi-Fi 6’: Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels, enabling the fastest possible theoretical maximum speeds (2402 Mbps) for typical 2×2 802.11ax PC Wi-Fi products. Premium Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products enable 2-4X faster maximum theoretical speeds compared standard 2×2 (1201 Mbps) or 1×1 (600 Mbps) 802.11ax PC Wi-Fi products, which only support the mandatory requirement of 80 MHz channels. Gigabit Wi-Fi Requirements: To achieve speed of over 1 Gbps requires Gig internet service, router/gateway with either Wi-Fi 6 or 11ac with 160 MHz channel support, and PC with Intel® Wireless 9260/9560 or Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) AX200/AX201.

12WiFi 6 ‘Nearly 3X Faster’: 802.11ax 2×2 160MHz enables 2402Mbps maximum theoretical data rates, ~3X (2.8X) faster than standard 802.11ac 2×2 80MHz (867Mbps) as documented in IEEE 802.11 wireless standard specifications, and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ax wireless network routers.

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Full Stream Ahead: PC Community Rallies Behind GeForce NOW

The GeForce NOW game-streaming service gives gamers a world-class GeForce PC gaming experience – low latency and beautiful ray traced graphics – on nearly any device. As the number of registered gamers grows by the millions, our catalog of instantly playable games continues to evolve.

Gaining access to this growing base of new PC gamers, without adding development work, is why top publishers and developers like Ubisoft, Epic, Bungie and Bandai Namco are among the hundreds that have committed to streaming their games on GeForce NOW.

We’ve used GeForce NOW’s extended trial period as an opportunity to refine our library, with developers and publishers affirming their commitment to GeForce NOW.  While some are still evaluating their cloud strategy, most are incredibly supportive. Thirty of the top 40 most-played games on Steam already stream on GeForce NOW. And we’re working to bring over 1,500 more games to the service.

“Ubisoft Fully Supports GeForce NOW”

Many of Ubisoft’s catalog of AAA franchises, available both on Uplay and other supported game stores, are already streaming with GeForce NOW. With their support, we’re excited to announce that we’re adding the complete Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series, starting today. More Ubisoft games will arrive in the coming weeks.

“Ubisoft fully supports NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW with complete access to our PC games from the Ubisoft Store or any supported game stores,” said Chris Early, senior vice president partnerships at Ubisoft. “We believe it’s a leading-edge service that gives current and new PC players a high-end experience with more choice in how and where they play their favorite games.”

One of the most popular games on the service is Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. It appears alongside a variety of games from many of Ubisoft’s top franchises: Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, Tom Clancy’s The Division and Watch Dogs.

The GeForce NOW Game Library Evolves

As we prepare for commercial service in June, we’ll be adding and removing games through the end of May.

Behind the scenes, we’re working with digital game stores so publishers can tag their games for streaming on GeForce NOW, right when they publish a game. This will help us bring more games to the library, quicker, as well as provide a more stable catalog.

We’re transitioning as many games to GeForce NOW as possible over this time. For those leaving, we’ll give gamers as much notice as possible. Games from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, XBOX Game Studios, Codemasters and Klei Entertainment will be removed from the service on Friday, April 24. We hope they’ll return in the future.

In the meantime, look for Game Ready on GeForce NOW releases every Thursday, including larger batches throughout April and May.

The Top PC Games, Streaming on GeForce NOW

We’ve worked with hundreds of publishers who’ve committed to enabling their games for streaming on GeForce NOW. Those games include some of the most-played games on Steam, including Destiny 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearts of Iron IV, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, Rust, Warframe and Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem.

“We’re already seeing a lot of our existing players take advantage of GeForce NOW to stream Destiny 2 so they can play anytime, anywhere with their friends,” said Gary Clay, director of Product Management at Bungie. “With Destiny 2 now free to play, we’re excited to partner with NVIDIA to introduce even more players — even those who previously couldn’t hit min spec — to our growing community of Guardians.”

Many publishers see GeForce NOW as a way to bring in new gamers while allowing current players to continue enjoying their favorite games.

“From Darks Souls III to Tekken 7, we’re seeing an increase in gamers that we can attribute to GeForce NOW,” said Katsuhiro Harada, executive producer at Bandai Namco. “The service is a great way for new players to experience our upcoming games, and for our existing players to continue enjoying them.”

We remain committed to bringing the best of PC games to GeForce NOW. There are already a ton of great games from amazing developers. Over time, more developers who share our vision to expand PC gaming for everyone will join us.

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Stay Connected to a World of Entertainment with SHIELD TV

As living rooms temporarily transition into movie theaters, arcades and even fitness centers — with Peloton’s recent release of an Android TV app — SHIELD TV commands it all. It’s your home to loads of movies, shows, apps and games.

Content providers are making it easier to stay connected to a world of entertainment. Offering free or early access to a host of shows, movies and more.

Nearly 40 of HBO’s most beloved shows and documentaries, plus a selection of movies, are free for the month of April. Just head to HBO GO or HBO NOW, no subscription required.

Amazon is streaming 40 family and kids shows free on Prime Video for new and existing Prime members. Sling TV is offering a seven-day free trial and launched a selection of free streaming content that includes news, entertainment and kids’ shows. CBS All Access is offering one month free on both of their plans.

Meanwhile, major movie studios are releasing movies timed to their theatrical opening or bringing in digital release dates.

Universal Pictures will release Trolls World Tour for streaming on April 10 — the same day it hits theaters. Movies that are streaming earlier than anticipated include Frozen 2 and Onward on Disney+, along with Bad Boys For Life and Sonic the Hedgehog streaming in 4K on Google Play Movies & TV.

Stay Healthy

With new content and killer music to inspire you, Peloton is your pass to thousands of live and on-demand workouts. The app, now available on SHIELD, offers guided classes to help you fulfill your goals.

There’s a ton to choose from, including indoor and outdoor running, strength training, cycling, yoga classes, HIIT, spinning, meditation, stretching and more. Access a full library of over 5,000 workouts right from your living room.

Peloton app on NVIDIA SHIELD

Get started now with an extended 90-day free trial, so you can access great fitness from home.

Stay Entertained

SHIELD offers an incredible amount of 4K entertainment options to choose from and delivers them in stunning fashion.

Immerse yourself in a cinema-quality movie experience with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. Dolby Vision brings extraordinary color, contrast and brightness to the screen, transforming your viewing experience. Dolby Atmos transports you into the story with moving audio that flows all around you with breathtaking realism.

Enhance your viewing experience with SHIELD’s AI upscaling capabilities. Instantly transform both standard definition and HD streams to 4K Ultra HD using the power of artificial intelligence. AI upscaling works in top apps, including HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube.

AI upscaling with SHIELD

Stay and Play

Instantly play the PC games you own and the free-to-play games you love from the comfort of your living room with GeForce NOW on SHIELD. Our cloud-based game-streaming service transforms TVs into GeForce-powered gaming rigs.

Gaming at home with SHIELD

Keep playing seamlessly across all your devices — laptop, desktop, Mac or Android mobile. Join now and enjoy our premium Founders membership with a free 90-day trial.

And with over 30 of the biggest free to play games already on GeForce NOW, you won’t need to make a single purchase to start playing today.

Stay Comfortable

Best of all, there’s never a need to get off your couch. The Google Assistant is built-in, so you can search for movies and shows, access media playback controls, adjust the thermostat and dim the lights. Even automate and control your smart devices — all with the power of your voice.

Don’t have a SHIELD? For a limited time, purchase SHIELD TV for $129 — that’s $20 off — at select US retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg.

Stay connected from the comfort of your living room and enjoy loads of entertainment, without — or with, if that’s your thing — breaking a sweat.

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10th Gen Intel Core H-series Introduces the World’s Fastest Mobile Processor at 5.3 GHz

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What’s New: Today, Intel breaks beyond the 5 GHz barrier for laptops with the launch of the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ H-series mobile processors. Headlined by the 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK1 processor, the H-series delivers desktop-caliber performance that gamers and creators can take anywhere.

“Today’s introduction of the 10th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile platform extends Intel’s gaming leadership, delivering desktop-caliber performance in a mobile form factor and breadth of choice with more than 100 laptop designs launching this year, including more than 30 thin-and-light systems. The new platform is optimized for enthusiasts and creators by delivering the fastest frequency in the industry with 5 GHz across the majority of the volume which will deliver amazing game play and rich creation for users.”
–Fredrik Hamberger, general manager of the premium and gaming laptop segments at Intel

Why It’s Important: Gamers are moving increasingly toward mobile systems and they care about the flexibility of gaming where they want to as much as they do the raw performance of their systems, ranking processor speed in their top three most important features2. Packed with incredible performance typically only available from desktops, 10th Gen Intel Core laptop processors deliver faster performance with up to 5.3 GHz3 Turbo, eight cores and 16 threads to enable immersive gaming experiences with amazing responsiveness and consistent in-game performance. Games and applications continue to depend on high-frequency cores and Intel is pushing the frequency envelope to achieve lower latency and deliver the best PC gaming experience on a laptop.

More about the Fastest Mobile Processor4: At the top of the stack is the 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK, featuring unparalleled performance across the board with up to 5.3 GHz Turbo, eight cores, 16 threads and 16MB of Intel® Smart Cache. The unlocked 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK processor powers the ultimate laptops for gamers and creators, allowing further customization, optimization and tuning of the CPU’s performance.5

Compared with a three-year-old system, the i9-10980HK delivers:

  • Up to 54% more frames per second in gaming6 for even better playability across top titles
  • Up to 44% better overall performance7 for faster, more responsive productivity users can feel
  • Up to two times faster 4K video rendering8 and export9 making it faster and easier to create and share

The 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H processor with up to 5.0 GHz3 Turbo is purpose-built for enthusiast gamers and creators demanding optimized performance. Compared with a three-year-old system, i7-10750H delivers:

  • Up to 44% more frames per second in gaming10
  • Up to 33% better overall performance11
  • Up to 70% faster 4K video exporting12

The 10th Gen launch also introduces the new Intel Core i7-10875H, featuring up to 5.1 GHz3 Turbo, eight cores and 16 threads for the growing creator segments, enthusiast  gamers that also enjoy creation, and other demanding multitaskers.

How It is Optimized for Amazing Gaming: Engineered in collaboration with leading PC manufacturers, more than 30 thin-and-light systems measuring 20 mm or less in thickness and 100 designs across consumer, commercial and workstation segments will launch this year. Intel also optimizes laptops with PC-makers to support the latest technologies, including:

  • Integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (Gig+) supports nearly three times faster downloads13 for high-speed, low-latency wireless performance14
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0​
  • Intel® Adaptix™ Dynamic Tuning Technology and Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility for intelligent performance tuning
  • Intel® Speed Optimizer15delivers simple one-click method to overclock1
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 support with four times more bandwidth than USB 3.1 to move rich media content and connect to two 4K displays with ease
  • Intel® Optane™ memory support16 accelerates game launch and load17
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More Context: 10th Gen Intel Core mobile processors: Product Brief | 10th Gen Intel Core Processors – Amazing Gaming Starts With Intel | Website

The Small Print: Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.

Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions.  Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary.  You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.   For more complete information visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.

Performance results are based on testing as of dates shown in configurations and may not reflect all publicly available updates.  See backup for configuration details.  No product or component can be absolutely secure.

Your results may vary.

Intel technologies may require enabled hardware, software or service activation.

1 Warning: Altering PC clock or memory frequency and/or voltage may (i) reduce system stability and use life of the system, memory and processor; (ii) cause the processor and other system components to fail; (iii) cause reductions in system performance; (iv) cause additional heat or other damage; and (v) affect system data integrity. Intel assumes no responsibility that the memory, included if used with altered clock frequencies and/or voltages, will be fit for any particular purpose. Check with memory manufacturer for warranty and additional details.

2 Source: Intel GIA Laptop Buyer Study Q1’20 | Q: Before you purchased this [device], what features were important in deciding which device to buy?

3 Includes the effect of Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost (Intel® TVB), a feature that opportunistically and automatically increases clock frequency above single-core and multi-core Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequencies based on how much the processor is operating below its maximum temperature and whether turbo power budget is available. The frequency gain and duration is dependent on the workload, capabilities of the processor and the processor cooling solution.

4 Based on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK’s highest achievable max turbo frequency of 5.3GHz, exceeding all other mobile products available as of April 2020.  Includes use of Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost.   User experience varies with workload

5 (Unlocked) Altering clock frequency or voltage may damage or reduce the useful life of the processor and other system components, and may reduce system stability and performance.  Product warranties may not apply if the processor is operated beyond its specifications.  Check with the manufacturers of system and components for additional details

6 As measured by Red Dead Redemption 2 on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7920HQ

7 As measured by SYSMark*2018 on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK

8 As measured by Blender RUG 1013 on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK

9 As measured by Power Director 4K video export workload RUG 1006 on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK

10 As measured by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Intel® Core™ i7-10750H vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

11 As measured by Power Director 4K video export workload RUG 1006 on Intel® Core™ i7-10750H vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

12 As measured by SYSMark*2018 on Intel® Core™ i7-10750H vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

13 Nearly 3X Faster:  ~3X Faster: Intel Wi-Fi 6 claims are based on internal Intel testing at 3M distance with Wi-Fi 6 (160MHz) average throughput of 1521Mbps verses 802.11ac (80MHz) average throughput of 541 for an improvement of 2.8X.  Testing at a range of 68M yields a 4.2X improvement from 102Mbps average throughput for 802.11ac (80MHz) to 432Mbps average throughput for Wi-Fi 6 (160MHz). Throughput measured in Intel lab with a Dell* Latitude 5491 running Windows 10* on a rotating table (1 revolution per minute) taking the average throughput over multiple tests. Access points used were Asus* AX88U FW: 3.0.0.4.384_5640 (Wi-Fi 6) and Asus* AC66U FW: 3.0.0.4.382_50470.  Wi-Fi 6 improvements requires use of similarly configured Wi-Fi 6 network routers

14 Intel® WiFi 6 AX201 requires specific hardware configurations

15 Features only available on select SKUs

16 As measured by SYSMark*2018 on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK

17 Intel® Optane™ memory requires specific hardware and software configuration. Visit www.intel.com/OptaneMemory for configuration requirements.

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Game Ready on GeForce NOW: More Games from More Developers Coming Every Week

PC gamers already know the best experiences are “game ready.” Instant performance boosts from NVIDIA drivers aligned to the latest game releases to deliver silky smooth gameplay.

Today, millions of gamers can instantly stream their favorite games with optimizations from the cloud thanks to Game Ready on GeForce NOW. Like GeForce gamers, GeForce NOW members get the peak performance from NVIDIA drivers and real-time ray tracing in games that support NVIDIA RTX. Their games also get updated and patched prior to launch.

Gamers can now look for Game Ready on GeForce NOW releases every Thursday.

The first set of games includes Control, from Remedy Entertainment and published by 505 Games. The sci-fi action epic challenges gamers to master a combination of supernatural abilities, modifiable loadouts and reactive environments while fighting through a deep and unpredictable world.

Control is available from the Epic Games Store with RTX ON for GeForce NOW Founders members. And we’re working to bring “The Foundation” expansion to GeForce NOW.

Build Your Own Epic Game Library

Control joins a growing list of games from the Epic Games Store playable on GeForce NOW.

GeForce NOW expands the audience of PC gamers by connecting them to their library of games on low-end PCs and laptops, Macs and Android devices. It’s this ability to grow the PC gaming community that has Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, calling GeForce NOW “the most developer-friendly and publisher-friendly of the new streaming services.”

Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular games, is also the most-played game on GeForce NOW. Over 1 million gamers have joined Epic’s behemoth battle-royale shooter through the service. Even on underpowered machines, players all over the world can jump from the Battle Bus and compete in Fortnite, thanks to the power of GeForce in the cloud.

Fortnite and Control are just two of the games playable from Epic Games Store. Others include Dauntless, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Metro Exodus (also with RTX ON) and World War Z.

Game Ready on GeForce NOW

When you fire up your favorite game, you’re playing it instantly. That’s what it means to be Game Ready on GeForce NOW. It’s optimized for cloud gaming with Game Ready Driver performance improvements. NVIDIA manages game updates and patches. And when a game supports RTX, it includes beautifully ray-traced graphics.

Since opening GeForce NOW memberships for all, we’ve been working hard to enable more games, from the many developers who are eager to have their games streamed on nearly any device. We’ve been churning out games left and right.

Starting this week, we’re aligning most releases to Thursdays. That way our members know when to look for library updates. GeForce NOW will continue releasing new and recent game launches as close to their availability as possible.

In addition to Control, today’s games include Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Dungeons 3, Headsnatchers, IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire, and The Guild 3.

Just in time to participate in their Free-to-Play Weekend taking place now through March 30, GeForce NOW has also added support for the Sunset Harbor expansion released today for Cities: Skylines. Sunset Harbor is a new fishing and transportation-themed expansion that adds a wealth of content, including fishing industries, intercity buses, passenger helicopters, water treatment plants and more.

Keep an eye out for weekly Game Ready on GeForce NOW releases, and let us know what you’re playing using the hashtag #GRonGFN.

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Japan’s KDDI Brings GeForce NOW Game Streaming to Customers

Gamers want to play their favorite games with the power of NVIDIA GPUs — on whatever device they’re using.

KDDI, one of Japan’s biggest telecoms companies, is helping gamers in Japan do just that by offering the GeForce NOW game-streaming service to its customers.

As the newest GeForce NOW Alliance member, KDDI becomes the seventh partner expanding GeForce NOW into new markets around the globe. They join LG Uplus, Taiwan Mobile and Telefonica, among others.

GeForce NOW brings the performance of PC gaming to more devices and people through cloud data centers packed with NVIDIA GPUs.

It’s the world’s leading cloud gaming platform for PC gamers, offering hundreds of games from data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. These data centers house powerful NVIDIA RTX Servers capable of delivering the visual fidelity of real-time ray tracing in today’s biggest blockbusters on underpowered PCs, Macs, Android TV and mobile devices.

Over 100 publishers, representing more than 1,000 games, have signed up to support GeForce NOW.  The library already includes hundreds of games, with more added to the service weekly.

“GeForce NOW gives us a new way to deliver our top titles to fans instantly. Most forms of entertainment are already streaming and we welcome GeForce NOW expanding Sega games to new audiences,” said Kenji Matsubara, COO at SEGA Games.

By placing RTX Servers on the edge of 5G and broadband networks, GeForce NOW Alliance partners enable GeForce NOW to deliver the lowest possible latency for gamers. And this provides partners an excellent opportunity to differentiate their investment in broadband and 5G infrastructure.

“KDDI is very excited to work with NVIDIA to deliver the most popular PC games over our low-latency broadband and new 5G network to gamers in Japan,” said Yasuhisa Yamada, administrative officer of the service development division at KDDI. “We’re placing NVIDIA’s RTX gaming servers in a brand-new data center in Tokyo to be as close as possible to gamers.”

As a GeForce NOW Alliance partner, KDDI gains a low-latency service they can deliver over their advanced broadband and 5G networks connected at the edge. And gamers in Japan get more power to play their favorite games. All in perfect harmony.

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With DLSS 2.0, AI Continues to Revolutionize Gaming

From in-game physics to animation simulation to AI-assisted broadcasting, artificial intelligence is revolutionizing gaming.

DLSS 2.0, releasing this week in Control and MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, represents another major advance for AI in gaming.

DLSS 2.0 — A Big Leap in AI Rendering

Powered by dedicated AI processors on GeForce RTX GPUs called Tensor Cores, DLSS 2.0 is an improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful game images.

It gives gamers the performance headroom to maximize ray tracing settings and increase output resolutions.

DLSS 2.0 offers several key enhancements over the original version:

  • Superior Image Quality — DLSS 2.0 offers image quality comparable to native resolution while only having to render one quarter to one half of the pixels. It employs new temporal feedback techniques for sharper image details and improved stability from frame to frame.
  • Great Scaling Across All RTX GPUs and Resolutions — a new AI model more efficiently uses Tensor Cores to execute 2x faster than the original, improving frame rates and removing restrictions on supported GPUs, settings and resolutions.
  • One Network for All Games —The original DLSS required training the AI network for each new game. DLSS 2.0 trains using non-game-specific content, delivering a generalized network that works across games. This means faster game integrations, and ultimately more DLSS games.
  • Customizable Options — DLSS 2.0 offers users three image quality modes (Quality, Balanced and Performance) that control render resolution, with Performance mode now enabling up to a 4x super resolution. (i.e. 1080p → 4K). This means more user choice, and even bigger performance boosts.

In addition to Control and MechWarrior 5, DLSS 2.0 has delivered big performance boosts to Deliver Us The Moon and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

DLSS 2.0 is now also available to Unreal Engine 4 developers through the DLSS Developer Program that will accelerate deployment in one of the world’s most popular game engines.

RTX Momentum Builds Across the Ecosystem

DLSS is one of several major graphics innovations, including ray tracing and variable rate shading, introduced in 2018 with the launch of our NVIDIA RTX GPUs.

Since then, more than 15 million NVIDIA RTX GPUs have been sold. More than 30 major games have been released or announced with ray tracing or NVIDIA DLSS powered by NVIDIA RTX. And ray tracing has been adopted by all major APIs and game engines.

That momentum continues with Microsoft’s announcement last week of DirectX 12 Ultimate, as well as NVIDIA RTX Global Illumination SDK, new tool support for the Vulkan graphics API, and new Photoshop texture tool plugins.

DirectX 12 Ultimate

Last week, Microsoft unveiled DirectX 12 Ultimate, the latest version of the widely used DirectX graphics standard.

DirectX 12 Ultimate codifies NVIDIA RTX’s innovative technologies, including ray tracing, variable rate shading, mesh shading, and texture space shading, as the standard for multi-platform, next-gen games.

Game developers can take full advantage of all these technologies knowing they’ll be compatible with PCs equipped with NVIDIA RTX GPUs and Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X console.

RTX Global Illumination SDK 

The NVIDIA RTX Global Illumination SDK, released Monday, gives developers a scalable solution to implement beautiful, ray-traced indirect lighting in games while still achieving performance targets.

The RTX GI SDK is supported on any DirectX raytracing-enabled GPU. It’s an ideal starting point to bring the benefits of ray tracing to more games.

Vulkan Game Developers Get New Tools

NVIDIA also Monday added support for the Vulkan graphics API to two of its most popular game development tools.

Nsight Aftermath, which provides precise information on where GPU crashes occur and why, is now available for the first time for Vulkan.

“NVIDIA will also provide Vulkan developers with GPU Trace, a low-level profiler in Nsight Graphics that provides hardware unit metrics and precise timing information

NVIDIA Texture Tools Exporter

The NVIDIA Texture Tools Exporter allows users to create highly compressed texture files that stay small on disk and in memory.

It allows game and app developers to use higher quality textures in their applications, and provides users a smaller, faster, download size.

It’s available as a standalone tool or as an Adobe Photoshop plug-in for game developers and texture artists.

More Advancements for Gamers

Add it all up: DLSS 2.0, support for RTX technologies with DirectX 12 Ultimate, the introduction of the NVIDIA RTX Global Illumination SDK, support for the Vulkan graphics API in more NVIDIA developer tools, as well as more texture tools. The result is more advancements in the hands of more gamers, developers, and creators than ever before.

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Now That Everyone’s a Gamer, New Gaming Technologies Matter More Than Ever

Henry Cavill is a gamer. Keanu Reeves is a gamer. Gaming used to be a hobby for the few, appreciated by fewer still.

Now it’s woven into every aspect of popular culture, even as its global reach surpasses those of movies, sports or television.

And why not? Smartphones have brought gaming to billions. Consoles to hundreds of millions more. But it’s PC gaming — always big — that has become a cultural phenomenon, celebrated in esports arenas filled with tens of thousands of screaming fans — and a global audience of half a billion more online.

Esports alone will generate $1.1 billion in revenue this year.

With more than 2.7 billion gamers, worldwide, there’s no place where gaming, as a cultural phenomenon, isn’t on the move — even as the technology underpinning it continues to accelerate.

The support for real-time ray tracing built into NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs, introduced in 2018, gives game developers control over light, shadows and reflections, once only available to top moviemakers.

Deep learning — born on the NVIDIA GPUs that got their start with gaming — now makes graphics sharper and games smarter.

Laptops from every major brand featuring NVIDIA Max-Q design and a new generation of desktop-class mobile GPUs deliver the performance of a console so gamers can play amazing games anywhere. As a result, gaming laptop revenue has surged 12x in six years.

And cloud gaming — thanks to our long, continued investment in our GeForce NOW service — makes high-quality games available on the next billion devices: underpowered PCs, Macs and smartphones.

NVIDIA’s led the way on all these next-generation technologies, which are now spilling out across the gaming industry and accelerating a cultural phenomenon that’s breaking out everywhere you look.

Lights, Camera, Action

Ray tracing — which models the way light moves around the real world — has long been a mainstay of movies. Films rely on powerful banks of servers, known as render farms, to shape each scene.

The hardware-based ray-tracing capabilities built into NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs brought this cinematic tool to gaming, letting developers create more immersive environments.

But the change goes beyond just realistic light, shadows and reflections.

Real-time ray tracing helps game developers move faster and gives gamers much more freedom. By modeling the way light moves, in real time, ray tracing promises to free developers from painstakingly “pre-baking” every scene.

Hardware-accelerated ray tracing also makes the task of producing that pre-computed lighting less onerous. GPUs accelerate that process by an order of magnitude over traditional approaches.

Just look to Microsoft’s Minecraft for an example.

By pouring real-time ray tracing into the world-building game with Minecraft with RTX, Minecraft’s blocky environment is transformed into a more cinematic world.

Modeling a few of the billions of possible configurations of the game would have been impossible just a few years ago.

Real-time ray tracing, however, means gamers get to play in a sandbox where the way a scene is lit reacts to the environment they create.

And we’re working to bring the benefits of ray tracing, first, to as many as possible.

We’ve worked to enable ray tracing on our RTX GPUs, and with Microsoft and and the Khronos Group to advance support software standards that make it possible far beyond PCs.

That work continues with the developers and publishers creating the next generation of games across all platforms.

Faster Games

Games are also getting faster. That’s because the modern AI revolution — grounded in deep learning — was born on the NVIDIA GPUs gamers rely on. And now that revolution is coming back to where it all started, gaming, to make games faster still.

Powered by Turing’s Tensor Cores, which perform lightning-fast deep neural network processing, GeForce RTX GPUs support Deep Learning Super-Sampling. DLSS applies deep learning and AI to rendering techniques, resulting in crisp, smooth edges on rendered objects in games.

NVIDIA GPUs are being used to power sophisticated deep learning algorithms that allow the style from a work of art to be applied to an entire scene, changing the look and feel of a gaming experience.

More’s coming. That’s because the more AI races ahead, the more of these capabilities can be deployed in games, thanks to the NVIDIA GPUs that power them.

Imagine game developers being able to tap into powerful AI voice-generation algorithms to create realistic and emotive voices from a script — making games available in all the globe’s major languages.

Or, even wilder, imagine a conversational AI able to generate that script — and react to your actions — on the fly. Or, having the games non-player characters actually learn from the players, making encounters constantly evolve and challenging.

Cloud

Cloud gaming brings state-of-the-art experiences to every platform without waiting.

It extends the highest quality gaming to the billion people who are playing on phones and tablets.

And it gives these gamers the same freedom as with a PC, so they can play the games they already enjoy on their laptops and PCs in more places.

It’s another way to access the games they already own — and that’s what we’ve done with GeForce NOW, which we opened to all last month.

Everything Else

There’s much more, of course.

Driven by a host of NVIDIA design innovations, gaming laptops continue to get thinner and lighter.

NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology — now ubiquitous in competitive gaming — eliminates tearing and stuttering, giving competitive gamers more accuracy, so they compete more effectively.

Variable rate shading, a technology pioneered by NVIDIA, increases rendering performance and quality by varying the shading rate for different regions of the frame. It will be coming to the next-generation Xbox.

NVIDIA has pioneered a host of technologies designed to reduce latency, or the lag, between a gamer’s input and what they see on their screens.

And equipped with a new generation of NVIDIA-pioneered game-streaming tools, gamers on Twitch and YouTube wield influence that rivals the celebrities who now flaunt their gaming credentials.

Features like these — and performance like no other — are why GeForce gamers will continue to enjoy the best experiences first on the most anticipated games, such as Cyberpunk 2077.

There’s no part of this ecosystem that we’re not working to support. Even the parts that aren’t cool … yet.

Gamer? Dig in to our GeForce channel for all the latest news, and deep-dive videos detailing all the latest developments. 

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Intel World Open: Path to Tokyo Kicks off in March

tokyoWhat’s New: Intel is elevating esports for audiences worldwide with the Intel World Open ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, giving gamers a chance to compete among the world’s best athletes on a global stage. Anyone from anywhere can register, beginning March 2, for a chance to be crowned the Intel World Open champion.

“We introduced Intel Extreme Masters PyeongChang in 2018 and we’re excited to continue raising the stakes for esports with the Intel World Open in 2020. There are more than 490 million esports fans worldwide and the Intel World Open exemplifies Intel’s global leadership in esports and delivers a pinnacle tournament on the world’s biggest sports stage.”
– Mark Subotnick, Intel director of gaming and esports business development

What It Is: The Intel World Open is an extension of Intel’s Worldwide TOP Partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and will feature two of the most recognized esports titles: Capcom’s Street Fighter™ V: Champion Edition and Psyonix’s Rocket League. Online qualifiers for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition start March 21 and Rocket League start May 2.

The Path to Tokyo: Any player at any level can compete in the Intel World Open for a chance to join a national, territory or regional team. Live qualifier events in Katowice, Poland, in June will determine which teams advance to the championship esports tournament in Tokyo.

The final event in Tokyo on July 22-24 will host hundreds of fans at the Zepp DiverCity venue – the same area as Olympic venues – where teams will compete for a majority share of the prize pool:

  • $250,000 total prize pool for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • $250,000 total prize pool for Rocket League

For more details and registration, visit the Intel World Open website.

The Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Tournament Format: A force in the fighting genre and esports scene for 32 years, the legendary fighting franchise returns with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition.

Tournament Structure:

  • Territory qualifiers: Territory qualifiers begin March 2 and determine each territory’s three best players who will come together and form the team representing that territory and advance to the live qualifier in Poland. The 12 pre-selected territories include:
    • Brazil
    • China
    • Chinese Taipei
    • Dominican Republic
    • France
    • Hong Kong, China
    • Korea
    • Russia
    • Singapore
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
  • Regional qualifiers: Players outside of the 12 pre-selected territory teams can participate through the team-based regional qualifier process that will take place in March through May. The top teams from the eight regions will advance to the live qualifier in Poland. The eight regions include:
    • Europe 1
    • Europe 2
    • Middle East & Africa
    • North America
    • Central America
    • South America
    • Asia
    • Oceania
  • Live qualifier in Katowice, Poland: From June 18-21, the final qualifier brings together the winning teams formed from the territory and regional qualifiers to determine who advances to the final Intel World Open event in Tokyo.
  • Japan qualifier: As the host country, Japan will have the final guaranteed spot at the Intel World Open finals in Tokyo. Japan qualifiers are single-player matches with the winning team being formed from the top players on the Intel World Open leaderboard.
  • Intel World Open finals: The finals take place July 22-24 at the Zepp DiverCity venue in Tokyo, where qualifying teams will compete to claim the majority share of the $250,000 prize pool.

For full qualification rules and details, visit the Intel World Open website.

The Rocket League Tournament Format: Developed by Epic Games’ San Diego-based studio, Psyonix, Rocket League is a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem. The Rocket League Intel World Open will feature 3v3 competitions in Psyonix’s signature game mode, Soccar.

Tournament Structure:

  • National qualifiers: National qualifiers begin May 2 and one team from each of the nine pre-selected countries will advance to the live qualifier in Katowice, Poland. The nine nations include:
    • Australia
    • Brazil
    • Canada
    • China
    • France
    • Germany
    • Japan
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
  • Regional qualifiers: Players outside of the nine pre-selected national team countries can participate through the regional qualifier process, from which eight teams will advance to the semifinals in Poland. Both qualifiers will have a double-elimination format and will not have a team cap. The eight regions include:
    • Africa
    • Asia (Mainland)
    • Asia (Maritime & Oceania)
    • Europe (three European seeds will qualify for the regional final)
    • Latin America (Mexico and southward)
    • Middle East
  • Live qualifier in Katowice, Poland: The final qualifier in Katowice, Poland, features the 16 best teams in the world separated into two groups of eight teams. The teams will compete in a round-robin, with the top two teams from each group automatically advancing to the Intel World Open Finals in Tokyo to join the host country, Japan. After the round-robin stage, the rest of the teams will participate in a double-elimination bracket. The upper bracket winner and both teams from the lower bracket finals will qualify for the Intel World Open finals.
  • Intel World Open finals: The epic culmination of the Intel World Open will be the live final in Tokyo featuring a two-day event showcasing the best eight teams in the world. They will battle through a high-stakes, single-elimination bracket in order to claim the Intel World Open title and majority share of the $250,000 prize pool.

For full qualification rules and details, visit the Intel World Open website.

Intel’s Role in Gaming Technology Leadership: Intel’s gaming technology, led by the Intel® Core™ i7 and i9 processors, has powered the best esports experiences for more than 15 years. Intel inspires fans and players by supporting a vibrant community that brings together committed partners in the industry to deliver best-in-class technology that pushes the boundaries of the sport. Intel’s leadership in end-to-end solutions will power the future of gaming and grow the esports market for the next billion fans.

More Context: Intel and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

The Small Print: Capcom and the Capcom logo are registered trademarks of Capcom Co. Ltd. in the U.S. or other countries. Street Fighter is a trademark and/or registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A. Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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