NVIDIA GeForce NOW will make you rethink what cloud gaming really is

You’ve probably heard a lot about cloud gaming. The game library is not large. You must repurchase the games you already own. It’s inferior to the PC game. Lag makes most games unplayable. Depending on the cloud gaming platform, some of these things may be true. But NVIDIA sets the record straight with GeForce NOW. Technology has come a long way, and the performance and features on offer can deliver parity with PC gaming in ways you probably didn’t realize.

Graphics not good?

If you tried to stream content over a poor internet connection, you may experience poor visuals. But with a strong internet connection, you’ll realize how hard GeForce NOW is under the hood to deliver exceptional visuals. NVIDIA offers an RTX 3080 subscription for GeForce NOW that delivers an experience the vast majority of gamers don’t get out of their PCs or gaming consoles. There’s enough muscle to deliver 1440p at 120 fps or 4K HDR. Nvidia’s RTX real-time ray tracing is also available to provide realistic reflections and lighting, a rendering technique that takes a lot of power and will make a lot of computers sweat.

And all that power works behind the scenes, in the cloud, so you can enjoy it on your phone, MacBook, streaming device, or even a humble Chromebook. Pretty much anything you can connect to the internet with and also connect a controller or keyboard and mouse. Running this heavy processing in the cloud also means your power bill and room heat don’t spike like they would from a local PC.

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Lag makes games unplayable?

If your internet experiences a spike in lag, your online games will be unplayable whether you’re using the cloud or a local system. But with a fast internet connection, you’ll find GeForce NOW more than enough to deliver a responsive gaming experience. NVIDIA’s servers offer stable performance that can help deliver consistent frame render times, helping to minimize this lag component. With the RTX 3080 Membership, you’ll enjoy even faster frame rendering and more efficient encoding. On a modest internet connection, your inputs will likely be as responsive as gaming on a console. NVIDIA also has plenty of advice on optimize your latency. As NVIDIA has expanded its service, you’ll have an easier time finding servers that might be closer to you (and therefore lower ping).

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Not enough games?

If you look at the bad game service, you may feel like there are not enough games to play. If you look at the huge list of titles supported on GeForce NOW, you might change your mind. GeForce NOW has a library of over 1,000 games, including AAA titles from the most popular publishers like EA Ubisoft, Epic, and more, as well as critically acclaimed indie hits. Its library includes graphically stunning games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Far Cry 6 with RTX On and DLSS for stunning visuals and outstanding performance. The service also offers nearly 100 free titles, including industry titans like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Destiny 2.

Need to pay for games you’ve already purchased?

Depending on the cloud gaming service, you may need to re-purchase a game even if you already have it in your PC game library. Fortunately, NVIDIA GeForce NOW is not one of these services. This subscription is for PC cloud gaming platform, not for games. In fact, you can connect to Steam, Uplay, Epic Games Store, and GOG.com to access your libraries and play supported games through GeForce NOW. Not only do you not have to buy them again, but you also don’t have to wait to download or update them. This is especially handy if you like to play on lots of different devices. You won’t download the game half a dozen times and you won’t even have to find storage space for your games. The amount you’d need to spend on storage to keep a thousand games available on all your devices at all times makes GeForce NOW’s $10-$20 subscription cost seem even more like a bargain than it already is.

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Can’t play with your friends?

You have to be on a console to play with your console friends, and you have to be on a PC to play with your PC friends, right? It’s just that — when you use GeForce NOW, you are using a gaming PC. This gaming PC is in the cloud, but it’s still a gaming PC. You can connect with your friends as if you were on your own local PC. For games that support crossplay, you won’t miss this feature either.

If you’re still skeptical about cloud gaming, why not let NVIDIA GeForce NOW prove it’s the real deal. You can sign up for a subscription here to enjoy all the benefits of the service, from 4K HDR or 1440p/120fps to near-instant game downloads and PC gaming on a huge range of devices. You can even try the service for free to get a taste. And if you think it’s good now, know that it just keeps getting better. To stay up to date with all the new games and developments on the service, you can tune in weekly for the GFN Thursdays Blog or follow GeForce NOW on Facebook and Twitter.

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