NVIDIA demos graphically-intense Windows app remoting via HTML5 to a $279 Chromebook

One of the announcements from VMworld 2014 in San Francisco was that VMware, Google, and NVIDIA have partnered to deliver decent graphical remoting via an HTML5 client to a $279 Chromebook. This is interesting because while we've had HTML5 clients in the past, they haven't exactly had the best performance. (This was partly due to the sub-$300 Chromebooks being super weak.)

In a few weeks, Acer will be releasing a $279 Chomebook (Amazon preorder link) built around NVIDIA's Tegra TK1 processor. NVIDIA worked with VMware to build a custom version of their BLAST protocol (which is what they use for their HTML5 clients rather than PCoIP) that can leverage the Tegra chip for decoding via HTML5.

Even though the Acer will be available in a few weeks, the next generation Blast protocol is a tech preview only that's not available.

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This has been possible with Citrix HDX SuperCodec for some time now ....

I use Chromebook with Citrix HTML all day long and use it to demo all sorts of 3D applications without having a Tegra K2 chip.

The actual big deal in this demonstration enabled by Tegra K2, is to have this experience on a HIGH RESOLUTION monitor!


*Tegra K1


It's also a bit confusing that he said that the Tegra K1 in the Acer Chromebook 13 is not the same as the Tegra K1 in the Shield tablet ...

Would be great to get some more details on the differences.


Ah! I think Gabe was referring to the old Shield Gameconsole and not the Shield Tablet.


Correct. The TK1 in the Chromebook is the same as the one on the Shield Tablet. The Shield gaming device is a slightly older model.

Good to know about the Citrix experience. Anything that makes Chromebooks more usable is good as far as I'm concerned. I think the device also has to provide a good local experience, too, and I've yet to find that in anything other than a Pixel. We'll see how this Acer shapes up when it's finally released.


Yes. Unfortunately, the gaming experience on the current ARM based Chromebooks is not up to par with the Intel based Chromebooks.

For a good overview of the non-Citrix/non-VMware performance of all things Chrome devices, I like to watch Robby's Chrome Unboxed videos!