What you need to know
- Numerous companies are launching their game streaming services soon.
- The latest team to enter the ring is NVIDIA.
- GeForce Now allows you to stream 160 games at maximum settings.
- You can register your interest here (opens in new tab).
Numerous companies are launching their own cloud gaming platforms, and it looks like NVIDIA is the latest one to offer trials for a service called "GeForce Now." GeForce Now has been available on Macs for quite a while now, but it also launched as a PC beta. This news went under the radar. If you want to play your games at maximum settings, wherever you are, you should register here (opens in new tab). EA, Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Shadow, and many others are working on game streaming services, and it'll be interesting to see which one comes out on top.
NVIDIA said the following in a blog post (opens in new tab) about GeForce Now.
Keep in mind that you need 25 Mbps internet or better to use GeForce Now. You can take a look at what the company said below.
Hopefully, GeForce Now will offer less input lag than competing platforms. Right now, tests have been conducted between Google Stadia and Microsoft's "Project xCloud" which heavily favor the latter, but it still adds roughly 5 ms input lag compared to almost 100 ms for Stadia.
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Huh, I had no idea Nvidia was also in the game streaming business
Yeah, NVidia announced theirs long before Google and Microsoft, it's just no one really paid much attention. They also had cloud streaming for the Nvidia Shield since 2015.
The blog post cited is from January 2018. I've been a part of this program on PC for well over a year so you're a bit out of date.
Bingo! I got excited for nothing but old news.
It's standard for WC to re-cycle old articles these days just so they can put affiliate links at the bottom. It's so annoying
Yeah true. Been enjoying GeForce Now for a few years, just always like hearing about new features and updates. Oh well...
Yeah. Very old news. On the more interesting side: Worked like a charm, when I tried playing Doom 3 on my Atom-powered Surface 3 back in the day. Felt like it was playing locally, didn't experience any lag or stutter.
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