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NVIDIA Grid-Powered G-cluster Unveils Game Machine Platform

By John Gaudiosi (gamerlive.tv) - Thu, Jan 10, 2013

During its CES press conference, NVIDIA showed off its GRID Cloud Gaming Platform. The same technology that will drive PC games onto Project SHIELD devices is being used around the globe to bring games to Smart TVs, tablets and other devices. One of the companies showcasing this NVIDIA-powered technology in Las Vegas was G-cluster.

G-cluster, a fully-featured white label service offering the largest deployments at scale and the most deployed catalog of casual and AAA games, debuted its Game Machine platform, which allows operators to bring premium and casual games to the TV without the need for a gaming console.

The G-cluster Game Machine plugs into the HDMI port on HDMI-equipped televisions and connects to the home Wi-Fi network to access the service. Players can use a game pad with a wireless receiver, or smartphones or tablets, to control play on the television, playing alone or with friends using other devices such as personal computers, smartphones, or tablets.

"With G-cluster's cloud gaming platform, operators can achieve high margin service revenue growth with marginal setup, maintenance, and operational effort commitments," said Taro Hashimoto , Chairman and CEO of G-cluster Global. "The tiny game machine turns your TV into a massive cloud gaming experience. Smartphones and tablets are default controllers of the game machine. It will be a natural and exciting extension of your smartphone and tablet experience.”

A North American Tier One operator is trialing the G-cluster service. This is in addition to the more than eight million gamers worldwide who have access to G-cluster's multi-platform cloud gaming experience through IPTV set-top boxes and personal computers, in the near future on smart connected TV's, mobile devices and tablets, and now the G-cluster Game Machine.

Founded in 2000, G-cluster is the first and largest cloud gaming platform accessible to more than eight million game players worldwide. G-cluster provides a fully-featured white label service offering casual and AAA games playable over broadband networks, regardless of the device used to access the service. The company's client base includes Broadmedia Corporation, SFR and Orange, and content partnerships with leading game studios such as Disney, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

The G-cluster catalog now totals more than 105 live titles and 200 licensed games from 30 game studios. The company also used CES to announce new games from Warner Bros. like LEGO Batman The Videogame, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. The games are initially available via IPTV, with versions for Windows PC, Mac, tablets and smartphones to follow.

Initial partners on the NVIDIA GRID Platform also include Agawi (United States); Cloud Union (China); Cyber Cloud Technologies (China); Playcast Media Systems (Israel); and Ubitus (Taiwan).