A new player comes to the field of well, videogames. Nvidia has been allowing us to play the most demanding pc gaming for years. And we have seen how it gave life to consoles like Xbox 360, PS3, or Nintendo Switch. Now it’s your turn with your game platform. GeForce Now comes out of the beta, and these are all its details, price, and features.
GeForce Now has been in the testing phase for a long time, a testing period in which, for free. Certain users who have joined the program have enjoyed the service and provided feedback to evolve.
Nvidia feels that the future of pc gaming and video games is streaming, and for years points to that future. Its platform, Shield, already allowed access to GeForce Now. As well as Nintendo Switch in Japan, such as games like Resident Evil 7 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Which can be played in the Nintendo hybrid remotely.
Now, GeForce Now arrives to face a Google Stadia that we have already analyzed. A PS Now that our colleagues from HobbyConsolas have told you. And a Microsoft Project xCloud that is committed to a subscription service.
From Nvidia, we are invited by the more than one billion PC players to play to the fullest … without having a gaming PC.
GeForce Now: RTX and maximum 1.080p60
As we say, in recent months, the service tested to the fullest, with more than 300,000 players who given their time for the development of the platform.
As in Stadia, xCloud or PS Now, we are facing a streaming game service. That is, we do not need a gaming PC to enjoy the maximum level of video games. We don’t need a PC.
GeForce Now can be played on Android, Mac, PC, and Shield TV, requiring only a remote control or keyboard/mouse and a broadband connection.
The maximum resolution of GeForce Now right now is 1,080p at a rate of 60 frames per second. We have been in a press session in which we ask why not 4K as other companies (Google) offer. And the answer was that they are very focused on getting the lowest possible latency.
GeForce Now consists of a fleet of, in the West, nine servers in the United States and 6 in Europe located in Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Moscow, and London.
With these servers, in these two regions, they look for a latency of only 20 milliseconds. More than acceptable in games of these characteristics (Stadia, according to our tests, has a considerably higher latency).
Yes, there are plans to add support to 4K and HDR. But for now, they are not worried about that, although they anticipated that it would arrive this year.
What we can enjoy is games with ray tracing. One of the latest technological innovations in video games that consists of having a more realistic image thanks to a much more natural light behavior in sports, and not pre-calculated as up to now.
Requirements to play GeForce Now
Now, what do we need to play GeForce Now?
- If you play in macOS: system 10.10.
- On PC, Windows 7 64-bit or later (32-bit systems not supported).
- Android 5.0 onwards
- Shield TV or Shield tablet
- Sony Dualshock 4 controls, the Shield controller, the Xbox One or the Xbox 360 are compatible. As well as keyboard and mouse on computers.
GeForce Now is a cloud PC, but you need to have the games
That said, it is time to clarify an important point. So far, there are more than 400 games compatible with GeForce Now. And new ones added every week, but we must own the games to enjoy them.
That is if we have a game purchased in the Epic Store, on Steam or the Blizzard platform. And that game is compatible with GeForce Now, we can enjoy it even if our PC, mobile, or Mac cannot “run” the game. Game for lack of requirements.
On the other hand, the minimum bandwidth requirements are as follows:
- For 720p60 resolution – 15 MB / s
- For resolution 1.080p60 – 25 MB / s
- 5GHz or cable internet, preferably
- From Nvidia, they told us that their system is adaptive. So the resolution and performance “on the fly” vary depending on the stability of our connection.
When we enter GeForce Now, we log into the game service where we have a purchased title. And, if it is compatible, we can start playing. There are some free games, but it is not the majority.
What GeForce Now offers us is that the new games we buy can enjoy to the fullest. But also that the ones we have can play without the need to execute them on our team physically. They give us the PC in the cloud, but we provide the games.
Launch and price of GeForce Now
GeForce Now is now available in two programs: one free and one paid. We leave the details below:
- The free GeForce Now program allows us to play 1,080p60 during one-hour sessions. Once the course is over, we go and can re-enter, as many times as we want. But from one hour to one hour.
- The Founders program allows us to play, for $5,12 per month, six-hour sessions in a row with the same mechanics (when finished, we leave and re-enter for another six hours in a row). Besides, we have 90 days free to enjoy the service, and we can play with RTX in compatible games. That service is not in the free program.
Now, we have to enjoy another platform for streaming games that, in the end. This allows us to play our games with the best quality without having the latest hardware version.