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SteamOS the last hope for NVIDIA on gaming consoles?

SteamOS the last hope for NVIDIA on gaming consoles?

Posted Dec 19, 2013 9:57 UTC (Thu) by rvfh (subscriber, #31018)
In reply to: SteamOS beta "Alchemist" arrives by boucman2
Parent article: SteamOS beta "Alchemist" arrives

Just to add some info on NVIDIA:

> Nvidia is under a huge pressure : Nvidia's market is mainly the PC gamer market.
Not so much, they sell servers for heavy parallel calculations (TESLA, which Amazon recently bought 3000 of so people can mine BitCoins :-P), allow for people to use graphics cards to make calulcations (CUDA), are used by the people doing mechanical engineering such as car makers (Quadro), and more...

> Nvidia will be forced to have top-notch Linux support.
Last time I checked they had an excellent (though proprietary) Linux driver. Of course I'd rather they shifted their resources to making the Nouveau driver better, but the core of their driver is the same AFAIK for Windows, Linux and MacOS, so they just can't.

Also:
> On the PC market, any intel card is sufficiant for desktop usage
Agreed, but interestingly many middle- to high-end laptops seem to come with a NVIDIA graphics card...


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SteamOS the last hope for NVIDIA on gaming consoles?

Posted Dec 19, 2013 13:04 UTC (Thu) by robbe (subscriber, #16131) [Link]

Tesla GPUs are also virtualisable under VMware ESX and probably other hypervisors.

> [...] many middle- to high-end laptops seem to come with a NVIDIA
> graphics card

Probably because a large percentage of "desktop" installations are actually laptops, and upgrading/installing a GPU in a laptop is pretty much impossible. So the home user that wants to do mainly web browsing, document editing, but plays a modern game now or then, may want to have an eye on GPU performance.

But I don't know, really. A few years ago my definitely-not-high-end work laptop was NVidia based.


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