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Nvidia announces RTX 3050, RTX laptops and more at CES 2022

Nvidia announced over 160 new RTX laptops, including the RTX 3080Ti and 3070Ti GPUs, introduced the new RTX 3050 GPU and debuted several new G-Sync displays. The graphics cards manufacturer also highlighted several games enhanced by its RTX and Reflex technologies and GeForce Now — their cloud gaming initiative at CES 2022.

Geforce Now, the company’s cloud gaming service, now supports over 1100 PC games and starting Tuesday, EA’s Battlefield 4 and Battlefield V are on the roster as well. They’re also partnering with AT&T to bring cloud gaming to mobile devices. Last but not least, Nvidia Studio is also expanding its roster with the production release of Omniverse, a real-time simulation platform for 3D creators.

There’s more to come from Nvidia’s camp in January, with the company ending their special address at CES 2022 with what seems like a teaser for the upcoming 3090 Ti. However, with their 3000 series cards being notoriously difficult to purchase at MSRP, the impetus will be on Nvidia to deliver the new card to gamers before it gets snatched by scalpers or miners

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RTX now available at a budget with 3050

Nvidia has announced a new GPU, the RTX 3050. This is a more affordable GPU featuring the RTX architecture coming in with second-generation RT cores for ray tracing, third-generation Tensor Cores for DLSS and AI, as well as 8GB of GDDR6 memory.

The new RTX 3050 | Source: Nvidia

The new graphics card also supports a bunch of Nvidia tech, including Reflex to minimise system latency in games, the Nvidia Broadcast app, Nvidia Encoder and Nvidia Studio for better performance in creative applications. 

The RTX 3050 starts at $249 and will be available worldwide from Nvidia partners starting January 27. 


New RTX laptops in the mix 

The new RTX laptops featuring the RTX 3080Ti start at $2499, while the 3070Ti laptops start at $1499.

Both series support the fourth generation of Nvidia’s Max-Q technologies, including the CPU Optimiser, Rapid Core Scaling, and Battery Boost 2.0. Nvidia is promising a performance improvement of over three times and up to 70% more battery life.


Games and hardware enhanced by Nvidia’s Reflex

Seven more games will be added to Reflex, extending the technology in more genres. These games include

  • iRacing
  • Rainbow Six Extraction
  • God of War (launching on PC on January 14)
  • Midnight Ghost Hunt
  • Gritp
  • Ready or Not 
  • Super People

Nvidia also announced that six new Reflex mice would also be joining the existing Reflex hardware tech pool coming from manufacturers like Alienware, Agon, Corsair, EVGA and Logitech. Five new Reflex monitors capable of 1440p at 360Hz are also expected to launch soon and are available from AOC, Asus, MSI and Viewsonic.

New displays to launch compatible with Nvidia Reflex | Source: Nvidia

They also debuted what the company calls a “new monitor category.” These are 1440p Esports displays that can keep up with RTX GPUs rendering at 360Hz on 1440p resolution.

Since the last CES, Nvidia has added over 150 games to their RTX stack. This is also getting bigger this year as the RTX roster expands to games like The Day Before, Rainbow Six Extraction, Escape from Tarkov, and Dying Light 2 Stay Human.


Cloud gaming is now more accessible

The aforementioned partnership between Nvidia and AT&T will play well for AT&T customers as starting January, AT&T customers with a 5G device and an unlimited 5G plan (or any other qualifying plan) will get free access Geforce Now Priority for six months.

Nvidia’s Geforce Now expands to more devices | Source: Nvidia

After launching a beta version of Geforce Now on LG’s 2021 Web OS Smart TVs, Nvidia announced Tuesday that they’d be partnering with Samsung to integrate the cloud gaming tech. Starting Q2 2022, Samsung Smart TVs will stream games with Geforce Now. 

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