NVIDIA Gamestream is a service that, alongside the suitable {hardware}, lets you stream video games in 4K from a beefy PC to your lounge tv. It launched in 2013 and labored alongside the NVIDIA Defend TV system, a bit of package that I now not use however have fond reminiscences of, and was such a great, fuss-free and steady implementation of native streaming that many most popular it to the extra widespread alternate options supplied by platforms like Steam.

It was too good, too pure for this world. NVIDIA has introduced that, so far as it’s involved, GameStream has reached the tip of its life and “in mid-February, a deliberate update to the NVIDIA Video games app will start rolling out to Defend house owners. With this update, the GameStream function will now not be obtainable in app.”

NVIDIA provides that Defend house owners can in future use Steam Hyperlink to stream video games to their TVs, and that the GeForce Now service permits cloud streaming to the Defend TV (which isn’t like-for-like).

This has gone down with individuals who use Defend TV like a cup of chilly sick, primarily as a result of GameStream is among the many core functionalities of the Defend {hardware}: it was actually one of many options I used loads. Saying the tip of help for a dwell service is one factor however that is totally different, and I can properly consider that it was an enormous promoting level for a lot of who purchased the Defend.

“WTF NVIDIA?” writes a Defend person on the NVIDIA subreddit. “That is my major mode of gaming with my Defend and 3080. Saying I am upset is an enormous understatement, as that is the first purpose for proudly owning each a Defend and NVIDIA card.”

“Why would anybody truly purchase a Defend TV if not for the perform they’re eradicating,” runs one other response. “That is fairly annoying, it is the one purpose I purchased the bloody factor, I’ve a sense they cannot take away the performance, they simply cease future help, because it’s considered one of issues they use to promote it.”

That, sadly, doesn’t look like the case. Actually NVIDIA’s announcement appears to try to get out forward of this by suggesting the obtainable alternate options. However it’s plain that GameStream was a promoting level for the Defend and a few individuals can have purchased it within the not-unreasonable expectation that it will simply ‘work’ for so long as wanted.

What about simply dodging the February update? Good concept however, per NVIDIA once more: “Gamestream might proceed to work for a time, however will now not be supported and finally will cease working. All different providers supported by NVIDIA Video games, together with GeForce NOW, would require an app update to proceed working.”

So there you go: GameStream shall be eliminated and, if you happen to attempt to preserve your Defend working as-is, the opposite functionalities shall be hobbled and cease working till you update to the post-GameStream future.

It is laborious to not sympathise with the shopper response to this one. It isn’t only a query of the Defend {hardware} itself both: utilizing these providers requires shopping for into the broader NVIDIA ecosystem, so there shall be individuals on the market for whom GameStream mattered when selecting their GPU. To not point out the knock-on impact for different extremely widespread providers like Moonlight, which requires GameStream to perform.

I’ve contacted NVIDIA for additional remark and can update with any response.