Nvidia Game24 London Event Coverage

To celebrate the launch of their brand new GTX 970 and GTX 980 Maxwell graphics cards Nvidia hosted a global event called “Game24”. Game24 started on September 18th at 6pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) in Los Angeles and ended 24 hours later. The idea behind the Game24 event is to be a global celebration of PC gaming and so Nvidia hosted parties at 7 major cities across the world where they gave away free Nvidia goodies, showed fans some of the latest PC gaming titles and gave demonstrations of things Nvidia are doing for PC gaming. We went along to a Game24 event to see what all the fuss was about.

During that 24 hour period each of 7 cities got their opportunity to have some of the limelight and host the event for a few hours. London, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Stockholm, Taipei and Tokyo all took part. Being a London-based journalist I took the time to head on down to the Nvidia Game24 London event. Nvidia’s venue was pretty hard to miss as they had taken over the Old Truman Brewery situated at 91 on London’s infamous Brick Lane. We turned up at 6:30pm and the queue was pretty hard to miss: a lot of dedicated gamers had arrived for the show. Interestingly, I couldn’t see many people in AMD Red, it seemed that AMD’s PR campaign to get people to where red actually resulted in less people wearing red than normal. Typically I’d expect to find quite a few people wearing red just as a random variation of clothing choice but honestly I could see less than 10 people during the whole night who wore red clothing.

Upon entering the venue it felt a little like a nerdy night club but the most obvious thing that struck you was that “wow this is busy!”. Gamers had turned up in significant numbers to what was only a fairly small venue and event.

Nvidia didn’t waste any opportunities to put their branding up over every bit of available wall space, I’d imagine most people left this event with a sudden urge to buy an Nvidia graphics card!

At the centre stage Nvidia had brought in a DJ and put up a massive screen. Throughout the night they did some giveaways here chucking freebies into the excited crowd. Towards the end they also gave away a Nvidia Shield Tablet to one lucky winner.

It wouldn’t be a Game24 event without some games right? Dotted around each corner of the room were booths where Gamers had a chance to play around on some current gaming titles.

One of those was the hugely popular World of Tanks MMO where the PCs were running it with all the settings cranked up to the max on Nvidia graphics cards, of course.

Another one of the booth areas was running Dying Light which is a first-person action survival horror game. Most of the Gamers on these booths seemed to stick around for a bit longer than most and given the great visuals I’m not surprised.

The overall event had significant support from Nvidia’s partners. Names on the support list that stand out to me include ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Overclockers and PC Specialist – brands we’ve worked closely with on numerous occasions.

At one of the two entrances a custom-built Parvum Systems machine greeted Gamers. There weren’t any specifications on display here but we can see it was using a Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 motherboard with an Intel Core CPU (probably the Core i7 4790K), a Corsair H80i and Nvidia’s latest Maxwell GTX 980 graphics card.

Moving around to another booth and we found systems running the latest Metro title, Redux. These systems were kitted out with pretty significant hardware because as everyone knows the Metro series of games are not kind to your graphics cards!

Nvidia may be big on PC Gaming but let’s not forgot the Shield Tablet. While this is primarily geared as an Android gaming platform you can stream PC games to it from your PC using Nvidia’s GameStream technology.

Nvidia’s G-Sync is one of the main reasons why they changed the display output configuration of their Maxwell GPUs. For those who don’t know, the GTX 980 offers three DisplayPort outputs because each G-Sync monitor needs a DisplayPort output. If you want to run G-Sync surround you therefore need three DisplayPorts. At Game24 London there was a G-Sync demo on offer for passing Gamers to give them a visual representation of what G-Sync does. The strange thing about G-Sync is that you have to see it in person to experience it, you can’t really benchmark or record it.

Nvidia were also giving other tech demos of new features with their Maxwell GPUs such as VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination), DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) and MFAA (Multi-Frame Sampled AA). We wrote more about these new features in our GTX 980 review which you can see here.

On a large screen we found a ‘Scan Computers‘ systems running Project Cars, this was one of the most popular games on offer with a huge queue to have a go at it.

The system that was driving Project Cars on the big screen was equally as impressive as the game itself: Tri-SLI GTX 980 graphics cards on an ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme with an Intel Core i7 5960X and some quad channel DDR4 memory.

Two of our favoured system builders Overclockers UK and PC Specialist also had some systems there.

The PC Specialist system was running two GTX 980s in SLI, an ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard with an 8 core i7 5960X CPU and 16GB of Kingston’s high performance HyperX Predator 3000MHz memory. That was all housed in a Corsair Carbide Air 540 chassis.

Overclockers UK had an equally impressive system sporting two GTX 980s in SLI, an ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard, an Intel Core i7 5960X CPU and 16GB of Corsair’s premium Dominator Platinum memory. This was all housed inside Phantek’s Enthoo Primo White Edition case. From what I can tell this system was running a single player demo of Watchdogs.

The final noteworthy part of the night was Nvidia’s goodie bag giveaways at the end. Every gamer who attended received an Nvidia T-Shirt, mousemat and lanyard. Okay so it isn’t the best bundle in the world but remember this was a free-entry event for everyone that attended.

Did you get a chance to make it along to Game24 London? If so, what did you think of it?

Gamer Waits in Queue for Game24 Event and Receives Amazing Prize

With the Nvidia GAME24 event kicking off all around the world, something magical has happened for one lucky gamer in Stockholm, Sweden. Much like anticipating fans of the new iPhone 6 have been doing, he decided to queue for the event which starts later on tonight. The staff at Nvidia noticed this, especially as winter is drawing closer and he has a whopping 13+ hours to wait.

Nvidia took the above picture and uploaded it to the Nvidia United Kingdom official Facebook page with the following caption:

“Meet the first person in our #GAME24 queue in Stockholm, ready for tonight’s event! We LOVE this dedication. To make sure he survives the 13+ hour wait, we’ll fill him up with some snacks during the day”

On top of this, we’ve had a word with Jen Andersson; PR Manager Northern Europe, who told us the following:

“We absolutely LOVE our fans and this shows true dedication. To wait for over 13 hours for the love of PC gaming is truly incredible. Thankfully, the sun is shining and together with a GeForce GTX 980, he’ll feel that it was worth the wait, I’m sure!”

At the time of writing this, the beloved fan has no idea that a brand spanking new GeForce GTX 980 will be landing in his lap later on today, but we can already tell that he will be overjoyed. If you know him, maybe keep quiet as to not ruin the surprise for him.

Nvidia are clearly pulling out all of the stops for this launch, as some industry pals of mine have already won various prizes including GTX 980’s and a Nvidia Shield gaming tablet at the California event several hours ago.

Have you ever queued for anything as long as this guy, and been rewarded for it? Let us know in the comments below.

Nvidia GAME24 Event Coverage and GTX980 Launch

Nvidia’s big celebration of PC gaming is almost mid-way, with live streams and events from all over the world. So far the event hasn’t been a let down for anyone, at least I can’t imagine it has. The entire celebration started with Nvidia CEO and Co-Founder Jen-Hsun Huang presenting the brand new GeForce GTX 980 to us all. Before we got to see the actual card, Nvidia presented us with what sets this new generation of Maxwell cards apart.

The crowd was eager to see what Nvidia had in store this time. We’ve had many rumours and leaks, but the actual presentation and facts is something entirely different. The long wait is finally over.

We get the Maxwell chip and architecture presented; the most advanced GPU ever made. A bold claim, but it sure looks like they have the card to back this statement up.

Maxwell’s SM architecture promises us 40 percent higher performance per core versus Kepler.

The decreased power consumption together with the increased performance clearly impresses everyone. We see numbers that are about 25% better than the previous Kepler architecture due to reduced memory traffic.

The low power consumption of the new Maxwell chip is amazing. You won’t need to use as powerful power-supplies any more, even when running a multi-GPU setup.

Maxwell cards offer twice the performance per watt compared to Kepler. This is a seriously impressive achievement from Nvidia.

With this being a celebration of PC gaming, the Nvidia GameWorks Library had to be mentioned as well.

And a grass, hair or fur animation seems to be mandatory when showing how well a GPU can perform on-the-fly rendering. Nvidia is showing us the grass variation today.

Nvidia also worked on their PhysX integration on the new cards

Real time rendering of light has been a huge challenge for GPU and Software developers since, well since forever. We get improvements with each new generation of cards and software engines, that move us one step closer to a rendered image you can’t distinguish from a real photo.

Was the moon landing real? That is something that most likely will be debated until the end of humanity. If it would have been today, there would be way more doubt about it. The images seen below look amazing. Honestly, I can’t tell if rendered or real by the details, quality, shadows or light.

Did aliens have anything to do with the new GeForce GTX 980, powered by the next generation Maxwell GPU? I doubt it, but small grey men still bring us a huge Nvidia box in this render.

And then we’re finally shown the new card, the one we’ve all been waiting for.

Now that you have seen the coverage of the event launch, you might be interested to know how great this card is. Don’t worry, we got you covered there as well, with reviews on the stock version and the improved Gigabyte G1 Gaming. For those who can’t get enough of these cards, we’ve also got a SLI test ready for you.

The event is far from over, and there is a lot more to come. My personal favourite stream is Mod24. A 24 hour modding competition between 3 teams, of course using the brand new GTX 980’s in triple SLI. Two of the teams are making complete scratch builds while the third uses a standard chassis for their mod. The theme is “The Ultimate Fantasy Mod” and should reflect the modders favourite gaming moments. At the end of the event, all three modded systems will be given away, you’ll however need to follow the stream to gain the information to enter.

Not all live streams run at the same time, but there are some running at all times. Inverviews with gamers and developers, skype group chats, modding and live gaming events are all part of this amazing event. It’s worth checking out on Nvidias stream page.



GAME24 Will Start in a Couple of Hours

Nvidia wants to celebrate PC gaming in style with their GAME24 event, and it is almost upon us. As we have learned the last couple of weeks, it is also more than likely that we will see the new flagship graphic card presented; the GeForce GTX 980.

The kick-off for this massive event is tonight at 1 AM GMT, with live streams and local events all around the world, and the following 24-hours will be a nerd bonanza. The local live event here in the U.K., is held in the Old Truman Brewery, London. There should still be a couple of spots left for those who haven’t secured theirs yet, but you better hurry. You can register for free on Nvidia’s sign-up page.

There will be live eSport tournaments, competitions and giveaways worth well over $50.000. Nvidia has also announced that they will break several gaming world records, most likely with their new graphics cards.

Another great, and unique, part of the event to look forward to, is the Mod24. A 24-hour modding-stream hosted by Linus and Luke, the first of its kind. The renowned modders Mongoose, BSMODS and Team Kill Ninja will each be building and modding a system, live from Nvidia’s headquarters. Viewers will then be able to judge the results before they are given away as prizes.

Nvidia is also said to be showing off never-before-seen PC gaming technologies and will conduct a long range of interviews with their partners, including but not limited to Epic, Ubisoft, Blizzard, Deep Silver and Red Bull.

We’ve been promised a lot more surprises than the few they have told us about so far. So don’t forget to tune into the live-stream, or attend the local event if you should be so lucky that one of them is in the same area as you.

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Thank you Nvidia for providing us with this information

Image and video courtesy of Nvidia

AMD to Crash Nvidia Game24 With Their Own Celebration

AMD are out to steal some of the thunder from Nvidia this week, just days before the Nvidia Game24 event which is said to be the launch party for the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 9xx series of graphics cards.

A letter was dispatched from AMD to 15,000 of their most loyal fans known as the “Red Team”, inviting them to crash the Nvidia Game24 party in the name of PC gaming.

“No one appreciates a good celebration of gaming more than AMD, as evidenced by our recent #AMD30Live webcast and the warm and humbling reception the event received from the enthusiast community,” the letter begins. “In that spirit, we’re intrigued that another graphics products company jumped on the #AMD30Live bandwagon this week by announcing a similar event on September 18th and 19th, called #Game24.”

It’s true that Nvidia’s event is similar to the recent AMD celebration, but Nvidia are out to do it bigger and better, especially since we believe they’ll be launching their new graphics cards at the event.

“We believe there is no such thing as a bad celebration of gaming, so we warmly encourage you to attend this event in person. Game24 events will be conveniently located in Chicago, IL, Indianapolis, IN, Mission Viejo, CA, Stockholm and Shanghai.” Nvidia also plans to stream the events online.”

“On Sept 18th and 19th we’ll be watching the #Game24 hashtag and the @AMDRadeon twitter channel for pictures of you in attendance at the events, proudly wearing your favorite red T-shirt. Boldly tweet pictures of yourself wearing your colors while at these events, and we’ll send some love your way. The funnier and more inventive the photos, the better – remember, this is a celebration! Make sure to mention @AMDRadeon so we can find your posts easily.”

It’s a sly move from AMD, but it does sound like they’re in good spirits about it all. While many won’t care who wins the PR war, it’s nice to see a company being passionate enough to engage with their fans and have a little fun with it. It’ll also be interesting to see who’s out in greater numbers at the event, those with green on their shirts, or those in red.

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NVIDIA Celebrate Their Love for PC Gaming with 24-Hour Event

If there is one thing almost all of our readers can agree on, then it’s that  PC gaming is awesome. NVIDIA thinks so too and launches it’s Game24 event, a worldwide, multinational event running over a period of 24 hours. And all this to celebrate PC gaming.

The event is scheduled for the 18th September starting at 6PM PDT (1AM GMT) and will run to the same time the next day. Besides the goal of celebrating the thing we all love, PC Gaming, the event will be packed with exclusive content, developer interviews, game reveals and give-aways.

The main physical events will be hosted in Los Angeles, London and Shanghai with satellite events held in Chicago, Mission Veijo, Indianapolis and Stockholm. The whole thing will be accompanied by a live stream on NVIDIA’s GAME24 page to bring everyone 24 hours of PC gaming entertainment.

If you would like to attend one of the physical events, you’ll need to register on the GAME24 page at NVIDIA and check-in that way. Everyone else is free to join the stream from home when it goes live, without any signup or registration.

Speculations and rumours about a presentation of the next generation NVIDIA GPU’s have already started, but only time will tell if that turns out to be true.

Thank you NVIDIA for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of NVIDIA.