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NVIDIA GeForce Experience to get new sharing and co-operative play features

By Koh Wanzi - on 20 Aug 2015, 9:00pm

NVIDIA GeForce Experience to get new sharing and co-operative play features

The new sharing features appear as an in-game overlay, so gamers need never exit the game to share their gameplay.

NVIDIA today unveiled upcoming changes – in the form of new sharing and co-operative features – to its GeForce Experience software, in conjunction with the launch of its GeForce GTX 950 graphics card.

An early access beta for the new sharing features in GeForce Experience will be released in September, so you won’t have to wait long for a chance to try out the new capabilities. An in-game overlay menu has been added, with dedicated buttons for Instant Replay, Record, Stream and Broadcast.

The new in-game overlay adds dedicated buttons for capturing in-game footage and streaming. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

As its name suggests, Instant Replay will serve as a built-in DVR for games and can record up to the last 20 minutes of your gameplay. So if you’d like to record your latest bumbling antics or phenomenal display of skill, you’ll be able to do so easily.

The Record button activates a more conventional recording feature, enabling you to manually record your entire gameplay session if you wish. NVIDIA has also made it easy to quickly upload clips to YouTube, and you can cut and upload your videos at 4K60 resolution all in the new in-game overlay.

You can upload gameplay footage straight to YouTube without exiting the game. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

Next on the list is the Broadcast feature, which lets you stream your game directly to Twitch with a single-click.

The Broadcast button lets you stream video directly to Twitch. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

Finally – and we’ve saved the most interesting addition for the last – the Stream button activates something called GameStream Co-op. Don’t confuse this with the Broadcast button as they serve two entirely different functions. GameStream Co-op will allow you to stream your game over the Internet to a friend and play with them cooperatively. The best part of this is that it works over Google’s Chrome Web browser, so your friend won’t even need any dedicated gaming hardware to join you.

The Stream button allows you to experience the game more collaboratively with a friend. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

They could simply watch you play on a stream running on Chrome, a much more private way of sharing your gameplay than a public Twitch broadcast. But if they’d like to help you out of a tough spot in game, they could also take over the game’s controls entirely. All the processing takes place on the host PC, so your friend won’t need a gaming PC to jump into the fray.

Gamers will be able to rope a friend in for help or to play in co-op mode. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

According to NVIDIA, the minimum system requirement for the guest PC is only an Intel Core i3-2100 processor and 4GB of RAM, which means a far wider user base will be able to take advantage of the new GameStream Co-op feature. On the other hand, if you’re the host of such a session, you’ll also need a Core i3-2100 processor, but will need at least a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 to go with it.

Both host and guest PC will also require access to at least a 7Mbps Internet connection. The feature is already supported on Windows 10, so don't let potential compatibility issues hold you off.