Nvidia removes GameStream support from Shield devices

Nvidia Shield device owners have enjoyed the platform’s PC streaming capabilities for years now, but that’s about to change. The GameStream feature–which allows users to stream PC games on Shield TVs and tablets in 4K–will be removed from Shield devices in mid-February.

Based on a unit from Nvidia, users who don’t install the update won’t have access to many of Shield’s features, including the GeForce Now cloud game service. Nvidia also says that GameStream will be shutting down at some point in the future even for those die-hards.

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The company recommends that consumers use the Steam Link instead, which requires users to download the app. Nvidia also recommends GeForce Now as a viable option, although it does require a monthly fee for 4K streaming. It’s not clear why Nvidia decided to drop support for the service, but the fact that they’re clearly pushing users towards a paid subscription model as an alternative speaks volumes.

As noted by precipicethere are also open source options, including Moonlight, which is an implementation of Nvidia’s own GameStream protocol. It does require some setup, though, so it’s best to do some research on this point. Also, if you have an older or non-Nvidia GPU, you’ll probably need to consider Sunlight also.

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