All focus is on the PS5 and Xbox One X in 2020 in terms of gaming platforms, but there’s another dark horse in the running that launched earlier this year: GeForce Now.
Of course, GeForce Now isn’t a console or a PC, but a cloud-streaming service in the same vein as Google Stadia. This subscription service allows you to play PC games regardless of the specs of your hardware. Instead, GeForce Now requires an internet connection to stream from Nvidia’s servers.
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GeForce Now works on Windows laptops, MacBooks, Android smartphones, Nvidia Shield TV and will soon become available on Chromebooks. Nvidia’s service also boasts a massive advantage over Google Stadia, allowing you to import compatible games from your Steam, Uplay and EA Origin rather than forcing you to use a separate digital store.
However, lots of game publishers have pulled out recently, including Bethesda, Activision Blizzard, Bethesda and 2K. This casts significant concerns over the future of GeForce Now, although it possible that the issue will be resolved. On a more positive note, Nvidia has promised to bring one new game per week to the service, starting with Control.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to subscribe to the paid-for Founders Membership right now, as it has reached capacity. You can still sign up to the free tier that offers unlimited playtime though – you just won’t get some of the extra benefits of paying customers.
For more details on Nvidia GeForce Now, read on below.
Related: Google Stadia
What is GeForce Now?
Nvidia GeForce Now removes the need of a high-spec console or PC to play all the latest and greatest video games, with all the heavy lifting provided by Nvidia’s servers.
You will need a decent internet connection (at least 15 Mbps download speeds) to stream games via the cloud though, with superior bandwidth providing higher in-game frame rates. Nvidia also handles all updates, leaving the days of waiting for new patches to install a thing of the past.
You won’t be able to play every single PC game, but the library already boasts hundreds of titles and is continuously expanding.
Hands on: Nvidia GeForce Now beta
GeForce Now release date – When will GeForce Now officially launch?
It’s available right now, with public beta officially ending on the 4th February 2020.
If you subscribed to the public beta, your account will automatically be converted to the free-tier subscription.
However, Nvidia has recently confirmed that the Founders Membership has reached capacity. Nvidia is currently working on opening more servers to allow for more subscribers, but for the short-term future, you’ll have to make do with the free tier.
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GeForce Now Price – How much will GeForce Now cost?
There are two subscription tiers for GeForce Now.
Firstly, there’s the free subscription. Here you can play any supported games up to Full HD at 60fps. The most significant limitation here is that Nvidia will boot you off the server every hour. You have unlimited sessions though, so you can simply rejoin the queue and start playing again.
By paying £4.99 per month, you get access to the Founders subscription. This extends session times to six hours, while also giving subscribers priority in the queues, which should slash waiting times dramatically.
The Founders tier will also enable RTX features, including ray tracing, dramatically enhancing lighting effects for supported games.
Nvidia has clarified the £4.99/month price is a limited time offer, and will likely increase 12 months after the official launch.
GeForce Now Games – Which games are supported?
GeForce Now supports hundreds of games, offering a far more comprehensive games library than the likes of Google Stadia.
However, it’s not all good news on the game support, with many major game publishers pulling out following the official launch. These publishers include Bethesda, Activision Blizzard, EA, Square Enix and Capcom, which means major game franchises such as Call of Duty, Resident Evil, Skyrim and Overwatch will all be unavailable.
The likes of Ubisoft and Epic Games are still providing support though, so there’s still a long list of games available. Here are some examples:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Crusader Kings II
- Destiny 2
- Far Cry 5
- Half-Life 2
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Nvidia has clarified it’s looking “reenable” support for lots of games, while also confirming it has”over 1,500 games that developers have asked to be on-boarded to the service”. Their statement is a little reassuring, but the entire predicament is still very concerning for the future of the platform.
Nvidia has at least confirmed there will be new games added to the service on a weekly basis, starting with Control. Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, Dungeons 3 and The Guild 3 have also been confirmed to arrive soon.
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What will GeForce Now work on?
GeForce Now lets you play several ways: on the computer (Windows or macOS) app, the Nvidia Shield TV, Android smartphones and Chromebooks in the future.
You essentially just need a device that can install the official app as well as a recommended internet connection of at least 15mb/s.