After the successful launch of its GeForce RTX 3000 series desktop graphics card, Nvidia kicks off 2021 with a CES announcement focused on gaming. The company announced that it will host a GeForce RTX: Game On event at the show on January 12, 2021, without describing exactly what players can expect.
As in the recent past, the keynote will be broadcast live by Nvidia. Given the ongoing pandemic, CES is a virtual event this year and will not be held in Las Vegas as in previous years. Nvidia will follow the virtual format for CES as it has done in previous announcements, such as the debut of the critically acclaimed RTX 3000 series GPUs.
This is how you see Nvidia's Game On Keynote
Nvidia's GeForce RTX: Game On event kicks off Tuesday, January 12 at 9:00 a.m. (12:00 p.m. ET). GeForce fans can visit Nvidia's dedicated page to view the video feed of the announcement, which will likely be recorded rather than live.
Links to YouTube and Twitch are also listed on Nvidia's Game On page. The company had used both platforms in the past to connect with its gaming fans. So you can assume that the keynote will also be streamed there. We'll update this post with an embedded video feed as soon as we have a direct link.
Alternatively, if for some reason you can't see the stream live, check out Digital Trends' CES 2021 coverage for the latest technology news.
What to Expect from Nvidia's GeForce RTX Announcement
With the introduction of the RTX 3000 series in 2020, Nvidia had launched four desktop graphics cards: RTX 3090, RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and the cheaper RTX 3060 Ti. As of January, we expect Nvidia to expand both its desktop range Even cheaper GPUs expanded and new mobile graphics cards for laptop games announced.
The RTX 3000 series mobile GPUs are likely to be Nvidia's biggest news at CES 2021, and we can expect mobile variants of the flagship RTX 3080 to be seen in portable gaming laptops from many manufacturers.
Late last year, Twitter user @TUM_APISAK discovered an accidental leak from retailer Pinnacle showing an unannounced Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming notebook with a discrete RTX 3080 GPU.
Nvidia's mobile GPU will likely include other models in the RTX 3000 series. Like the desktop variants, these mobile cards will be based on Nvidia's Ampere architecture, which introduced us to the company's second generation ray tracing core. In fact, gamers can expect better ray tracing performance, especially at higher resolutions.
On the desktop side, Nvidia will likely expand its lineup by potentially adding cheaper cards like an RTX 3050. At the higher end of the spectrum, it was rumored that Nvidia is also working on an RTX 3080 Ti card that comes with more storage space. This card is used between the RTX 3080 flagship and the RTX 3090 GPU for enthusiasts. Although the card could be revealed in January, insiders speculate that the RTX 3080 Ti won't be available until February around the Chinese New Year holiday.
It's unclear whether Nvidia will use the event to give gamers an update on some of its known utility issues that have resulted in a shortage of desktop GPUs.