Nvidia’s pre-Gamescom event kicks off next week


It’s clear that many video game fans are looking forward to Gamescom 2018, one of the mayor video game shows on Earth. But before the main event begins in Cologne, Germany, technology company Nvidia will be hosting an off-site event separate from the main show, as it previously announced on its website.

Aside from the fact that according to Nvidia there will be “stage presentations” and also “spectacular surprises” during the event, the graphics technology company has failed to specify anything else so far.

We could speculate though, that Nvidia could be announcing a successor to the successful Pascal series of graphics cards, a new video chipset some have said will be codenamed either Turing or Ampere.

This would definitely be a surprise, although it still feels slightly odd for the tech giant to make such a big announcement in the middle of August rather than in the fall as is more usual for announcements of this ilk.

Also, the truth is that there does not seem any real reason for Nvidia to bring a new graphics chipset to the fore right now. After all, the US company is beating its rival AMD at almost all price points right now. The GeForce GTX 1060 is the mid-range card of choice, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti leads at the high-end of the market, while the GeForce GTX 1050 is the graphics card of choice for budget gamers. Although admittedly AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 is likely the best all-round for VR gaming as the likes of TechRadar have pointed out.

So maybe Nvidia might reserve the announcement of a new graphics chipset for later on, instead opting to deliver other news at its pre-Gamescom 2018 event, such as revealing a new Titan graphics card for instance – something those PC gamers fond of picking up luxury PC components will cherish for sure.

Regarding Nvidia’s presence at Gamescom 2018 proper, the company has teased it will be showing off “the latest PC games” running on Nvidia hardware at its booth in the Koelnmesse in Cologne, something those PC enthusiasts thinking about attending the Gamescom show will be looking forward to no doubt.

It would be a great thing then, if Nvidia truly delivers the surprises many will be expecting from the tech giant at this summer’s event, which thankfully is now only a couple of days away as it will be kicking off next Monday, August 20.

Update: Nvidia has now officially announced its next chipset, which will be launched with the Turing name.

Titan X graphics card (Nvidia Corporation)