GeForce NOW has been, up to this morning, exclusively used for streaming PC games to platforms where said games arenâ€™t actually installed. But it looks like NVIDIA is interested in branching out its platforms capabilities. A new Disney short based on Big Hero Six hits GeForce NOW today, with added interactivity, as part of the all-digital Sundance Film Festival.
Baymax Dreams of Fredâ€™s Glitch is a 5-minute cartoon that lets the viewer interact with the events via touchscreen. The setup is sort of odd: Big Hero Sixâ€™s resident goofball Fred is inside a digital world that sits in the robot Baymaxâ€™s head. The TRON-like process has created a glitch thatâ€™s quickly corrupting the system. The filmâ€™s protagonist Hiro (i.e. the player, in a silent role) has to tap and hold the screen in order to resolve the glitch and save the day.
The demo isnâ€™t much as a game, being on about a Dragonâ€™s Lair level of interaction. Thereâ€™s no reason you couldnâ€™t do the same with, say, a mobile game, though the streaming systemâ€™s character models do look nice and sharp. Oddly, it seems like Baymax Dreams of Fredâ€™s Glitch is only available on the browser-based iPhone/iPad version of GeForce NOW, despite the system being inherently multiplatform and only coming to Apple devices recently. It wonâ€™t appear in search or libraries on PC, Android, or other apps.
If youâ€™d like to check it out, install the GeForce NOW web client on an iPhone or iPad by visiting beta.play.geforcenow.com. Once youâ€™re logged in, search â€œBaymaxâ€� in the game list to add it to your library. NVIDIA says itâ€™s available for a â€œlimited time,â€� presumably disappearing sometime after the festival ends on February 3rd.
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