Nvidia has rolled out another significant upgrade to its GeForce Now streaming service, following the introduction of the RTX 3080 subscription, namely the ability for subscribers at this high-end tier to stream games. in 4K resolution on PC and Mac.
Previously 4K streaming was only available to those playing on a Shield TV, but it can now be enjoyed through the native GeForce Now apps for Windows PC and Mac – assuming you have a 4K capable monitor. displaying all those pixels in all their resplendent glory. , of course. (Note that it is not possible to get 4K when streaming in your browser on PC).
As mentioned, you’ll need to be subscribed to the higher tier RTX 3080 plan to get 4K streaming on your PC, as gaming at 4K needs a fair amount of punch – DLSS will also help in games that support it – and the trade-off is that you’ll be limited to 60 frames per second. Normally, RTX 3080 subscribers can benefit from 120fps for smoother gameplay, but not with 4K – it’s one or the other.
Nvidia also announced that it is moving forward with mobile to allow RTX 3080 members to stream at 120fps on more 120Hz smartphones, with new support for the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3, and OnePlus 9 Pro. All of these devices will be good for 120fps gaming.
Along with new RTX 3080-level features, GeForce Now also got a bunch of compelling additions to its games roster this week, including some Star Wars titles (unsurprisingly). The full list is as follows:
Analysis: 4K on PC sounds good, based on early reports
It’s great to see 4K support coming to PC, as it’s something gamers with a 4K gaming monitor have been asking for ever since support arrived for the Shield TV when the RTX 3080 subscription was introduced ( although 4K HDR remains the domain of the latter).
Initial reports of 4K streaming quality on PC seem pretty positive – at least based on what little feedback we’ve gleaned online so far – so that’s good to hear, although your mileage may vary, well. course, depending on your internet link. Note that Nvidia recommends a minimum of a 40 Mbps line for 4K streaming (compared to the slightly lower demand of a 35 Mbps internet connection for 120 fps).
Oh, on the new games front, it’s also worth bearing in mind that Evil Dead: The Game will be on GeForce Now later in May (from the Epic Games Store), and recently we saw God of War (from Steam) arrive on Nvidia streaming platform too. Lots of good things are happening lately, that’s for sure.