In February, Intel held its online investor briefing to outline the company’s future plans. Intel talked a lot about the future of CPUs and GPUs, and briefly mentioned something called Project Endgame. At the time, I assumed it looked a lot like Nvidia’s GeForce now, and thanks to the upcoming launch of the Arc GPU, we have a bit more clarity.
Intel’s Lisa Pearce wrote a blog post answering some pressing questions as we approach launch, and one of them touched on the mysterious Project Endgame, although it’s still a little vague. It looks like we weren’t far off from game streaming comparisons, though it might go a little deeper than that.
“Intel is committed to lowering the barriers that can sometimes make PC gaming difficult today. Game compatibility issues, long download times, high performance variability, and frequent patches and updates are just Solving them requires investment and innovation in software technologies like cloud computing and global services.” Pearce explains in the post.
“Project Endgame is a unified services layer that leverages computing resources everywhere – cloud, edge, and your home, to enhance your PC gaming and non-gaming experiences. With Project Endgame, we can detach our users from their local hardware specs Project Endgame is paving the way for the next decade of real-time GPU experiments for Intel, with the goal of accessible petaflops of compute within milliseconds of latency, and starting in the second quarter of this year, we’ll be taking our first steps. public.
The current iteration of GeForce Now, for example, lets you remotely rent an Nvidia PC to stream games to your supported display. Project Endgame looks similar, but it could have a broader scope, beyond games. This means that we could see applications for complex calculations without having to own a computer capable of handling them. Artists could rent something to run their favorite programs.
If the price is friendly enough, that’s exactly what I was hoping to see from the initial presentation which seemed to hint at this kind of use. Computing power made accessible, especially for people who may be hobbyists or don’t use it all the time.
This is just further speculation based on the drops of information provided by Intel. Since it was answered before the presentation of the Arc on the 30th, perhaps then we will find more concrete information about the new service.