Cloud gaming streaming services are going from strength to strength, and Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Cloud Gaming are truly pioneers in this competitive field.
But they are not the only show in town. NVIDIA’s GeForce Now offers multiple subscription levels, the ability to stream your own gaming library and supports thousands of games, and more are added each week.
So here are five reasons why it’s time for you to start using NVIDIA GeForce Now.
Multiple subscription levels
First off, yes, NVIDIA GeForce Now is free. But there are also several subscription levels available that enhance or enhance your experience.
NVIDIA GeForce Now has three subscription levels:
- Free: Play any of your compatible games with a basic configuration. The free level has an hourly limit of one hour, and during peak hours you may have to wait for a slot to become available on a GeForce Now server.
- Priority: The priority level costs $ 8.99 per month or $ 49.99 for six months. Your session lasts up to six hours, while the hardware is upgraded to an RTX-compatible card with ray-tracing enabled. Most games can be played in 1080p at 60FPS.
- RTX 3080: The RTX 3080 level costs $ 19.99 per month or $ 99.99 for six months. Your session lasts up to eight hours. Your hardware is guaranteed to use NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPUs with ray tracing enabled, enabling 1440p gaming at 120FPS.
There is something for everyone. If you only use GeForce Now to play an everyday game or for a quick fix, the free level works really well. But if you are going to use GeForce Now as your main gaming tool, it may be worth upgrading to the meaty RTX 3080 package, especially if you have the internet connection and other hardware to support it (you need a TV or monitor can 1440p).
How to tell which GeForce Now hardware you are using
Although it’s a lottery for the most part (unless you subscribe to the RTX 3080 level), you can check out the NVIDIA GeForce Now hardware you’re currently using from within the app. After loading a game, press CTRL + ALT + F6 to reveal which hardware you are using. The GeForce Now streaming information overlay appears in the upper right corner and shows the current resolution, data rate, and type of GPU you are using.
If you can not read what is happening in the picture above, it says that I am connected to the NVIDIA GeForce Now server EU-West, with a GeForce GTX 1080d, and get around 30FPS, but only at 720p due to my network connection.
Play your favorite games wherever you are
NVIDIA GeForce Now is available on lots of platforms, which means you can take your favorite games anywhere. GeForce Now is really everywhere, and you can find the app on macOS, Windows, Chrome OS, NVIDIA Shield, Android, iOS, Android TV and LG TV. And although there is no specific Raspberry Pi version of GeForce Now, it has not stopped enthusiasts from bringing the gaming streaming platform to the small computer.
Although the quality of your experience is still related to your device and internet connection, NVIDIA GeForce Now is well worth using if you have the ability to stream your entire gaming library to a portable device or another device in your home.
Minimum system requirements
As above, your NVIDIA GeForce Now depends a lot on your internet connection. Also, while GeForce Now works with a relatively stripped-down set of system requirements, if you want to upgrade to the RTX 3080 level, there are some specifications you must have access to, otherwise it will simply not work properly.
The main focus is internet connection:
GeForce NOW requires at least 15 Mbps for 720p at 60 FPS and 25 Mbps for 1080p at 60 FPS. We also require less than 80 ms latency from an NVIDIA data center. But for the best experience, we recommend less than 40 ms.
But according to NVIDIA system requirements side, these requirements increase significantly for the RTX 3080 level:
GeForce NOW requires at least 40 Mbps for streaming up to 4K at 60 FPS. We also recommend a fixed Ethernet connection or a 5GHz wireless router.
There are also individual requirements for specific devices, but these largely apply to the latest operating system or software versions.
In theory, you should be able to use NVIDIA GeForce Now while using a 4G connection (which has a maximum speed of around 100-150 Mbps), although connection problems may result in uneven performance. Those using a 5G connection will be able to play with the RTX 3080 level, as long as the 5G connection works properly and to its full capacity.
4. Support for thousands of games, multiple gaming services
One of NVIDIA GeForce Now’s best features is its gaming and library support. It’s easy to connect GeForce Now with Steam, Epic Games, Uplay, Origin or GOG, which means you can play any compatible game you own in your library over the internet. NVIDIA’s official Game support The site contains a complete list, including support for games with standalone launches such as Albion Online or Guild Wars 2.
5. Cross-Platform Support
Did you know that NVIDIA GeForce Now also includes cross-platform support? Interestingly, you are not limited to playing with other GeForce Now users, and when you start your online game, you play with everyone else, regardless of platform. This means that you can actually stop playing against someone using GeForce Now on Chrome OS, against someone on their regular PC, against someone else using macOS.
GeForce Now’s platform-independent support is actually not that big of a mystery. Each time you use it, you launch an instance of the actual hosting service, such as Steam or Origin, and then run your game from there. NVIDIA only facilitates the cloud streaming aspect of the whole thing, which means you look like usual in the game.
It’s time to start using NVIDIA GeForce now
NVIDIA’s ongoing commitment to GeForce Now development should illustrate how much time and effort the company is willing to put into its cloud gaming platform. Although not the first on the market, GeForce Now provided a game streaming service that worked instantly, for the first time.
For many users, the first time a cloud gaming service had done exactly what players had been asking for for several years: access to their existing gaming library via the cloud, without having to repurchase games or get stuck in a nice new ecosystem that may not last (host host Google Stadia anyone ?!).
And while the free level may not suit you if you play lots of cloud games, you have the option to upgrade to a premium service, making GeForce Now a great option for players of all calibers.
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