Tegra 3 tablets are a big thing for NVIDIA right now, and we’ve seen quite a few new tablets using the SoC. At NVIDIA’s booth, they had a bunch of ASUS Eee Prime Transformer tablets set up with a variety of games and other software. Grand Theft Auto IV was running on one unit, but more impressive was the multiplayer ShadowGun running on two more tablets. Both of those games (personally, at least) pale in comparison to another tablet with Skyrim “running” on Tegra 3. It wasn’t actually running on the tablet natively, but NVIDIA worked with SplashTop to get and optimized remote desktop connection to a PC running Skyrim—in all its glory. Of course it’s really the desktop doing the work, but the game was running smoothly with the WiFi remote desktop stream.

The other thing NVIDIA had on display were some Tegra 3 tablets running Windows 8. These were behind glass and you couldn't interact with them, but Microsoft did some live demos of Windows 8 on an Eee Prime Transformer at their keynote Monday. It appears Tegra 3 is well on its way to being ready for Windows 8 (and vice versa).

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  • SlyNine - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - link

    I'd love to be able to stream play a game like that with my notebook. Reply
  • 3DoubleD - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - link

    So sexy. I can't wait to try this when I (finally) get my Transformer Prime. Reply
  • tipoo - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - link

    Even if its bearable to play, with Splashtop you'd be limited to your own wifi network and therefore you own house. Why then would you play on a tablet rather than a bigger screen? Something like Onlive would have more appeal to me where you can play from anywhere. Reply
  • Dug - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - link

    Becuase the wife takes over the tv, but you want to keep playing.
    Or you need to be in another room with the kids and can't take your desktop with you.
    If you had a gaming laptop, this wouldn't matter, but most of us don't.
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  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - link

    So here's the thing: the game is rendered on your own PC and streamed over WiFi. There's no real loss in quality, though I'm not sure how much lag there might be with such a solution. I'd guess you could do something similar with a laptop if you wanted -- any laptop. It's a cool concept and I'm not entirely sure where other companies might take it. For now, it was just rather novel to be able to play Skyrim via a tablet. Reply
  • algag - Monday, January 16, 2012 - link

    You could just VPN into your home network and all of a sudden it works....unless I'm wrong, simple answer to , kinda-complex question. Reply
  • algag - Monday, January 16, 2012 - link

    My friends actually use Hamachi to play Minecraft as if they where networked. Although Hamachi doesn't have an android app so you may have to go an alternate root. Reply
  • Sttm - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - link

    Does anyone know if Windows 8 will be available to buy for Arm devices like it is for x86, or will it be a only from the manufacturer sort of thing. Reply
  • B3an - Thursday, January 12, 2012 - link

    MS have not announced anything like that and likely wont do so for months being as the BETA isn't even out yet. But i would think you could buy ARM copies, or atleast download the ISO from MS.

    If i knew for certain that the Prime will have Win 8 support in the future then i'd buy one now and it would eventually replace my laptop. Android just isn't good enough.
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  • SlyNine - Thursday, January 12, 2012 - link

    If it was useless then OnLive wouldn't be doing on a much bigger scale.

    You may not have use for it but at night I'd love to be able to play out side of my room when my GF is trying to sleep.

    Plus if GPU's ever got virtualized, you could have one gaming PC with multiple videocards streaming to dummie terminals for lan play, It would be cheaper then buying 4 separate computers.

    Not exactly a huge market but it's not exactly useless either.
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