Nvidia has announced that it will discontinue local streaming service support, known as GameStream, for the Nvidia Shield devices.
Nvidia intends to shut down Gamestream support on Shield devices in mid-February 2023. Users are advised to use Steam Link as an alternative for local streaming or GeForce Now for internet streaming. The reactions of Gamestream users after this announcement are, to put it mildly, not very positive.
The big question remained: why would Nvidia want to remove the feature that was crucial for many users in choosing Nvidia graphic cards over AMD?
Nvidia Gamestream is a technology that enables high-quality, local streaming of video games. Nvidia video card owners may therefore stream games from their PC to any other device, including Nvidia Shield consoles. When it comes to local streaming, Gamestream is the best option for many players and is one of the main reasons so many people use the Nvidia Shield device.
It is not clear what will happen with Gamestream support on other devices and how this will affect the popular programme called Moonlight. If Nvidia blocks GameStream at the driver level for GeForce cards, it will be one less reason to choose "expensive" Nvidia among the increasingly wide range of video cards on the market.
It seems the customers will have no say in this matter and that Nvidia has already made its move. At the same time that NVIDIA is removing the local streaming service from their software, AMD is expanding support for the AMD Link streaming service with AV1 RX7900 encoding and even 4-player support on a single gaming PC.
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