By Chris Priestman Editor May 05, 2018 09:02:06 A few weeks ago, Nvidia and AMD launched a new partnership that gives consumers the ability to use their GPU on other platforms, as well as on laptops, phones and tablets.
The new initiative, called GPU Fusion, allows PC manufacturers to make a PC with the same GPU as the one inside a game console or the console’s dedicated GPU.
The idea behind this is to allow users to run a game on a PC’s dedicated graphics card and then run a console’s graphics card, giving PC gamers an easier way to experience games on consoles without having to buy a dedicated GPU like they do for PCs.
The company says the new partnership will give gamers “unparalleled access to PC gaming,” and Nvidia says that the technology will make the difference between the “world’s most popular console game titles and those for which PC gamers will spend their money.”
As of now, this isn’t the first time that Nvidia has partnered with game developers to make their graphics cards available for use on PCs.
In June of this year, Nvidia announced the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, a graphics card with a higher clock speed that is capable of playing more demanding games at a lower price.
And in May, Nvidia said it would be giving its GeForce GTX 10 series a boost with the launch of its GTX 1060, the first-ever Pascal graphics card to be released in the company’s line of products.
But for the time being, Nvidia is looking to the future with its GPU Fusion initiative.
The goal of the program is to make PC gaming accessible to a wider range of users.
In a blog post, Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the program will make it easier for gamers to “buy and run PC games” and that it will help “make PC gaming more affordable for everyone.”
And as the program launches, Nvidia says it will also offer developers the ability of “focusing on gaming hardware specifically optimized for the PC.”
But what does that mean for gamers?
For the most part, this program doesn’t provide a clear path for developers to take in order to make games for PCs that run on the same hardware.
Nvidia says in the blog post that the goal is to provide developers “a platform for experimentation and experimentation that we think will give PC gamers more bang for their buck.”
But that’s not exactly the case.
“GPU Fusion is an ambitious goal,” said Michael Pachter, principal analyst at research firm Gartner.
“Developers are going to have to make some hard choices in terms of how they’re going to build their games.
They’re going’t have the same opportunity to experiment with new hardware as they do on a console.
We think this will help, but it won’t be an easy road.”
For the developers who are interested in getting involved in this project, the company says they’ll have the option to purchase their own GPUs through the program.
But that won’t necessarily be the case for everyone.
“The vast majority of PC gamers are not gaming at home,” said Pachner.
For many, the biggest question is what kind of games they’re playing.
If you’re an enthusiast who only wants to play games you enjoy, it’s hard to imagine a situation where you could get your hands on a GPU that has the same performance as the GPU that powers your console.
But if you’re a gamer who wants to run games at an affordable price, you may have to choose between buying a dedicated graphics chip and buying a GPU.
Nvidia is offering a free GPU in the form of a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
That card will cost $499 and can run a “limited beta program,” meaning that it’s not ready to be shipped to gamers yet.
And it comes with a set of performance benchmarks, but Nvidia says they aren’t ready to release the benchmark results to the public.
“We can’t disclose how many GPUs will be included in this free GPU program,” Pachson said.
“But we can say that the free GTX 1080 is in fact a GPU optimized for gaming and will deliver an exceptional gaming experience.”
If you want to play some PC games, you’ll have to be patient.
The GPU Fusion program will be launching in May of this years and Nvidia will have to provide a list of games that are supported on the program by the end of the month.
But until then, Nvidia has a couple of reasons for developers not to jump in right away.
For one, the program has a very limited number of games, and it may not be the best way to get into the PC gaming space right now.
And if you do decide to buy one of the cards, you will likely have to pay a premium.
“It’s going to be a bit of a wait-and-see approach for some,” said Brian Behlendorf, director of PC gaming at SuperData Research.
“And that’s because this is a very new program