GeForce Now: Cloud Gaming is Coming
Cloud computing and cloud rendering have been stable services for what feels like forever. However, cloud gaming seems to be taking its time to find its place in the market.
Nvidia’s GeForce NOW service which costs $7.99 a month allows subscribers to stream games including DIRT 3, Saints Row 3 and Red Faction: Armageddon to there TV’s much like you would stream a film from Netflix. The service has been available since October 1, 2015 but has only been available by buying one of Nvidia’s Shield streaming devices. One of the biggest criticisms has been that the games aren’t the latest AAA titles, but Nvidia latest announcement could be a significant game changer.
Nvidia has announced that GeForce NOW provides a simple way for new players who may not have access to a high-performance GeForce GTX gaming rig to experience high-performance PC gaming. Gamers can use the service to easily transform ageing Windows-based PCs or laptops with integrated graphics into state-of-the-art gaming machines. They can also play the hottest new PC game releases on their Macs without waiting for the Mac versions to become available.
Gamers can enjoy games they already own on the stores mentioned above, as well as purchase new games as soon as they’re available. GeForce NOW saves in the cloud game progress and achievements, and synchronises them with locally installed games. This means gamers can use GeForce NOW on a secondary laptop and pick up right where they left off playing on their primary gaming PC. They can easily take all their games with them on the road, to their dorm room, a friend’s house or simply another room in the home. GeForce NOW gives gamers the freedom to enjoy high-performance PC gaming anywhere. And the service makes gaming easier than it’s ever been by automatically installing patches and driver updates.
Pricing and Availability
For an $25, gamers can play for 20 hours on a GTX 1060 PC or 10 hours on a GTX 1080 PC.
Early access to the new GeForce NOW service is scheduled for March in the continental United States, with full commercial service slated for the spring.