Nvidia GeForce Now could be coming to more devices in the future if there’s enough interest from gamers, including Nintendo Switch.
In an upcoming interview with TechRadar Gaming, GeForce Now VP and GM Phil Eisler didn’t rule out the possibility that the game streaming service could come to other platforms in the future. but it all depends on demand.
“Based on member requests, we started supporting smart TVs starting with the latest LG TV models in December 2021,” Eisler said. “At CES in January, we announced that we were working with Samsung to bring GeForce Now to its smart TVs by adding the service to the Samsung Gaming Hub. We continue to evaluate other devices of interest to our members.
We’ve seen Nintendo rely more on cloud gaming recently to bring more graphically intensive titles like A Plague Tale: Innocence, Hitman 3 and Kingdom Hearts to the console. With a Nintendo Switch 2 or Switch Pro model still nothing but a rumor, cloud gaming may bring titles that might not be able to run on Switch’s hardware to the platform.
However, the current cloud streaming solution that Nintendo has in place isn’t the best. As analyzed by Digital Foundry, it’s often prone to pixelation, tops out at 720p resolution, and is capped at 30 frames per second.
Nvidia’s highest tier GeForce Now uses an RTX 3080, which is much more powerful than the Nintendo Switch and could provide a much more attractive alternative to the current solution Nintendo has opted for.
We’d love to see it, but don’t get too excited
However, since Nvidia GeForce Now lets you play your Steam library, it won’t be the easiest sell for Nintendo. The way cloud gaming works on Switch still requires a user to pay the usual purchase price for a game, so unless there’s a way for Nintendo to take some revenue share, we don’t. wouldn’t be surprised if GeForce Now didn’t arrive at all.
Still, Nvidia and Nintendo have an existing relationship that should at least keep the door open. The Switch is powered by a custom Nvidia Tegra X1 processor and is the only console on the market that hasn’t opted for Nvidia’s rival AMD. It’s likely that if we see a more powerful Switch in the future, Nintendo will choose to partner with Nvidia again, especially if it plans to make the console’s successor backward compatible.