CES 2018: NVIDIA Opens Up GeForce NOW Beta To PC Gamers

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | January 8, 2018 - 11:35 PM |
Tagged: pc game streaming, nvidia, geforce now, game streaming, cloud gaming, CES 2018, CES

NVIDIA is opening up its Geforce NOW cloud gaming service to PC gamers who will join Mac users (who got access last year) in the free beta. The service uses GeForce GTX graphics cards and high-powered servers to store, play, and stream games at high settings and stream the output over the internet back to gamers of any desktop or laptop old or new (so long as you have at least a 25Mbps internet connection and can meet the basic requirements to run the Geforce NOW application of course - see below). Currently, NVIDIA supports over 160 games that can be installed on its virtual GeForce NOW gaming PCs and a select number of optimized titles can even be played at 120 FPS for a smoother gaming experience that is closer to playing locally (allegedly).

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GeForce NOW is a bring your own games service in the sense that you install the Geforce NOW app on your local machine and validate the games you have purchased and have the rights to play on Steam and Ubisoft's Uplay PC stores. You are then able to install the games on the cloud-based Geforce NOW machines. The game installations reportedly take around 30 seconds with game patching, configurations, and driver updates being handled by NVIDIA's Geforce NOW platform. Gamers will be glad to know that the infrastructure further supports syncing with the games' respective stores and save games, achievements, and settings are synched allowing potentially seamless transitions between local and remote play sessions. 

You can find a list of currently supported games here, but some highlights include some oldies and newer titles including: Borderlands 2, Bioshock Remastered, various Call of Duty titles, League of Legends, Left 4 Dead 2, Kerbal Space Program, Just Cause 3, StarCraft II, Resident Evil 7, KOTOR, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid, Dirt 4 (just for Josh), Project Cars 2, Fallout 4, XCOM 2 (a personal favorite), PUBG, WoW, Civilization VI, and more.

While many of the titles may need to be tweaked to get the best performance, some games have been certified and optimized by NVIDIA to come pre-configured with the best graphics settings for optimum performance including running them at maximum settings at 1920 x 1080 and 120 Hz.

If you are interested in the cloud-based game streaming service, you can sign up for the GeForce NOW beta here and join the waiting list! According to AnandTech, users will need a Windows 7 (or OS X equivalent) PC with at least a Core i3 clocked at 3.1 GHz with 4GB of RAM and a DirectX 9 GPU (AMD HD 3000 series / NVIDIA 600 Series / Intel HD 2000 series) or better. Beta users are limited to 4 hours per gaming session. There is no word on when the paid Geforce NOW tiers will resume or what the pricing for the rented virtual gaming desktops will be.

I signed up (not sure I'll get in though, maybe they need someone to test with old hardware hah) and am interested to try it as their past streaming attempts (e.g. to the Shield Portable) seemed to work pretty well for what it was (something streamed over the internet).

Hopefully they have managed to make it better and quicker to respond to inputs. Have you managed to get access, and if so what are your thoughts? Is GeForce NOW the way its meant to be played? It would be cool to see them add Space Engineers and Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion as while me and my brother have fun playing them, they are quite demanding resource wise especially Space Engineers post planets update!

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Source: NVIDIA

January 9, 2018 | 01:15 AM - Posted by SincereAnonymous (not verified)

So, the monthly service that lets you stream games that you don't have to individually buy, have the EXACT SAME NAME as the service that lets you stream games you already own and have to buy?

What the hell is up with NVidia and giving completely separate products the same name for maximum consumer confusion? This is like 4th time they did this. Did their marketing team decide to quit drinking alcohol and drink bleach instead?

January 9, 2018 | 10:33 AM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

... and they still can't get around the laws of physics to get rid of that pesky latency. I've said it the first time(s) they tried this and I"ll say it again, no thanks.

January 9, 2018 | 12:02 PM - Posted by Rocky123 (not verified)

Are these streaming services made for noob's that do not care about latency issues? I ask this because with everyone so worried about high refresh rate monitors and how they reduce input latency I am going to assume a streamed game will be at the mercy of the internet and have rather huge latency issues of it's own oh & if you just spent big bucks on that shiny new G-Sync monitor to reduce latency good luck with that.

These services have come & gone and so will this crap. It is almost as bad as these new 65" Gaming monitors that are showing at CES. Sorry but if you can not sit in front of it at your desk without burning out your eye sockets from the extreme light output it is just a glorified 4K TV with high refresh rate.

January 9, 2018 | 02:10 PM - Posted by Anony mouse (not verified)

$25 USD for 20hrs on a 1060 and $25 USD for 10hrs on a 1080

Once you play more then 200hrs it looses any kind of value. You can buy a 1060 yourself and not deal with the latency.

January 19, 2018 | 06:38 AM - Posted by Mattias Pettersson (not verified)

News flash, The Beta is a P40 Tesla card not a GEFORCE card i have the beta and its worse than my r9 280x .... cant even maintain 30 fps without microstuttering...

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