When NVIDIA announced the first SHIELD device a little over a year ago, the company also introduced GRID. Which is their cloud-based game streaming service. GRID renders 3D games in the cloud, which means you’re going to need a pretty decent WiFi connection to use GRID. The Cloud Gaming GaaS has been in beta for quite some time, and was supposed to be available to everyone now. But the company has decided to extend the beta a bit longer. With the beta ending on July 31st, and the GRID store launching in August. So if you own any of the three SHIELD devices – including the Tablet and Android TV models – you can still use GRID for free for the next 5 weeks.
The plan that NVIDIA has, or at least that they’ve made public, is to charge a monthly subscription fee that gives gamers access to a library of games that can be streamed from the cloud. And the company would sell newer premium titles through GRID. Currently the GRID store expects to have over 50 titles when it launches in August, of course that could always change. So far, NVIDIA hasn’t mentioned anything about pricing for GRID. However, the service appears to be similar to OnLive’s – which we won’t talk about, RIP – and that was priced at $14.99 per month.
GRID has been talked about since the 2013 CES when the company unveiled the original SHIELD Portable. Since then they’ve unveiled the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Android TV. All of which are still available now, and all of which support GRID – currently free for the next few weeks. NVIDIA recently added “Red Faction: Guerrilla” to the GRID system. Which “is an open-world action game, and the third title in the Red Faction series. The game takes place on Mars where you join up with the Red Faction rebels to help overthrow the oppressive Earth Defense Force. Nearly everything you see can be destroyedâ€”buildings, cover, bridges, etc., which opens up all sorts of different paths to achieve mission objectives.”
We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed the GRID doesn’t suffer the same fate that OnLive did, which was bought by Sony – well parts of it was.