Nvidia's Shadowplay adds Twitch.TV streaming support

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It's only been a couple of weeks since Nvidia bought out the last set of new features for GeForce Experience. I know that some PC gamers were bummed that Twitch.TV support still wasn't in, and I voiced my opinion that I doubted Nvidia would be able to keep their "by the end of the year" promise.

Well once again I'm eating my words because yesterday afternoon GeForce Experience 1.8.1 came out and it finally brings Twitch support to the system. There are still some limits; for instance it only works for DirectX games being run full screen.

I'm not a Twitch.TV expert in any way, shape or form, but I fired up GeForce Experience, entered my Twitch credentials and gave it a go. Here is an archive of my first and only Twitch stream. I'm sharing it just so Twitch users can look at the quality (I had it set at High Quality) and see what it looks like. The content is definitely not compelling in any way!

I have Internet through Time Warner Cable and my plan is supposed to give me 5 MBPS upload speeds. My graphics card is a GTX 760.

I was glad to see I could stream games that weren't launched through or supported by GeForce Experience (Everquest II, the game in the video, isn't on the supported list). The change in framerate between streaming and not streaming was about 3 (as reported by EQ2's built-in FPS meter), which seemed pretty good to me. Hopefully that's a typical result.

I didn't do any narration so that still needs testing (it's supposed to be supported). Really, this post is mostly a heads-up to those of you who've been waiting to try Twitch streaming via Shadowplay. I'll leave it to the experts to do the real testing. I should mention that there did seem to be a longish delay between what I was seeing on my gaming PC and what was coming over the Twitch site on a second computer; I'd love to hear if that delay is typical or if it's an issue (it also could've been my Internet, of course).

Remember that you need an Nvidia GTX 600 or 700 series desktop graphics card to use Shadowplay (those are the cards that have the encoding hardware onboard). You can find out more about 1.8.1 on the Nvidia website.

Read more of Peter Smith's TechnoFile blog and follow the latest IT news at ITworld. Follow Peter on Twitter at @pasmith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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