Nvidia NOW Opens Game Play To Multiple Devices For Remote Use
Nvidia revealed Tuesday that the PC-centric GeForce NOW game streaming platform is officially opening up accessibility to a wider range of users and devices while removing waitlists and introducing memberships.
GeForce NOW is a cloud-based gaming platform originally set up to enable Nvidia GPU-equipped PCs to stream games for game-play online. Service subscribers can log in to access game libraries from many popular digital game stores. Users play actual PC games through connected communities of friends and fellow PC gamers.
The latest announcement disclosed that Nvidia is now opening the platform to “nearly any PC, Mac, TV (with a connected Shield device) or Android mobile device.” In a blog announcing the update, Nvidia said “it’s like plugging a GeForce GPU into your device, upgrading your local hardware into a state-of-the-art GeForce gaming PC in the cloud.”
GeForce NOW is billed as “the first gaming rig that you never have to worry about upgrading. Game updates, patches and Game Ready Driver downloads are handled for you, so you’re always just moments away from playing your favorite games.”
The new level of the Nvidia cloud-gaming service for PC and Macintosh computers uses a remote desktop provider to enable users for a fee to access a virtual Nvidia computer, where they can install their existing PC games on a digital distribution platform to play remotely.
Nvidia called GeForce NOW “an open platform, allowing users to bring their own games” from the top stores. There are already hundreds of instantly playable games on GeForce NOW (discoverable by search), with more added every week. And for older games that might not be as popular as they once were, there’s another 1,000+ games that can be played using single-session installs.
Nvidia said that for the past two years it has been fine tuning the GeForce NOW platform such that “every millisecond of the process has been optimized to reduce latency while maintaining performance, to a point where it’s negligible for most gamers.”
The service is subscription-based, providing users with unlimited access to a library of games hosted on Nvidia servers for the life of the subscription.
• GeForce NOW has two options for membership: Free and Founders. The Free plan gives members standard access to servers and one-hour sessions. The Founders plan gives members priority access to servers and six-hour sessions. It also gives members access to games with RTX ON.
• The Founders plan comes with a 90-day free trial, followed by a $4.99 monthly membership rate for the next 12 months.
• Members of both plans can reconnect to the service immediately after their session expires for unlimited sessions. And both plans support up to 1080p and 60fps streaming.
• GeForce NOW also has taken ray tracing to the cloud. Founders members will have access to RTX ON games, such as Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Metro Exodus.
• Free members will be able to play these games; however, they will not be able to play with ray tracing enabled.
By Greg Tarr
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