13 January 2021
After months and months of beta testing, NVIDIA has officially released GeForce Now game streaming service. The core concept is similar to other services like Google Stadia, Microsoft's Project xCloud, and Sony's PlayStation Now but with a different approach. It wants to help you play your already purchased PC games from anywhere without the need for buying them again.
NVIDIA's GeForce Now works with a number of PC games providers like Steam, Epic Games Store, Uplay, and Battle.net. A user simply needs to link his choice of account(s) with the streaming service. It will go through the PC games library and will show a list of all the games that can be streamed using GeForce Now.
All supported PC games can be streamed on a Windows, Mac, Android or a Shield device with a good enough internet connection. NVIDIA has recommended a minimum internet speed of 15Mbps for 720p at 60fps streaming and 25Mbps for 1080Mbps at 60fps streaming. It says 50Mbps should be the speed for the best game streaming experience. The service does not offer 4K streaming or 1080p at 120fps at the moment.
The GeForce Now offers a free plan where users get to stream video games with certain restrictions. It limits users to gaming sessions of 1 hour each and they may have to join a waitlist before starting to play games. The paid plan costs $5 a month where there is no such gaming session time limit and you will get priority treatment. The free plan is undoubtedly a good way to try out the service and decide whether it is worth the money. It should be noted that NVIDIA has plans to increase the paid plan pricing in the future.