Nvidia’s cloud service, GeForce Now, is changing from its public beta service to everyone.
After years of testing, Nvidia announced Tuesday that anyone can try the service for free without having to be on the waiting list. GeForce Now is similar to a Netflix service but is intended for games. So you can enjoy the best PC graphics without paying for expensive hardware. The big deal is how to play games that you already have in your Steam account so you don’t have to buy your favorite PC title again.
Currently, the service runs on an application that can be downloaded for Windows, macOS, Android, and Nvidia Shield TVs. All you need is an Internet connection (at least 15 Mbit/s) with 720p and 60 frames per second for games. A 25 Mbit/s connection increases the resolution to 1080p.
The free service offers a one-hour session on the Nvidia server, which allows you to sign in to your Steam or Epic Games account. Then you can quickly install and run the game you want.
“Free users receive pop-up notifications on all platforms 40, 30, 20 and 10 minutes and 5 seconds before the end of the session. They can start their next session immediately after the last session,” the company spokesman told us.
There is no limit to the number of sessions per day, but free service does not guarantee immediate access to the Nvidia server. To access the service properly, you’ll need to upgrade to a premium account and pay $ 4.99 per month. And gaming sessions last up to six hours, and you can enjoy gaming with Nvidia’s RTX graphics.
On Tuesday we were able to play Dishonored and Doom games on GeForce Now on a free Mac account. However, attempts to access the service often failed to connect us to the Nvidia server, so your access to GeForce Now may not be successful. “Free users can wait for waiting times during peak hours,” an Nvidia spokesman said.
When you sign up for a premium membership, Nvidia says the first three months are free. You will be charged $ 4.99 per month by the end of 2020. GeForce Now currently supports more than 500 games.
We test GeForce Now and classify it as the most attractive game streaming service on the market. However, it faces the competition from Google that is trying to attract consumers to its own cloud gaming service, Stadia, which launched in November. With Stadia, you can also stream games to your PC, Android phone and smart TV using the Chrome browser or the Chromecast Ultra dongle.
Although Stadia plans to launch it as a free service in addition to the monthly fee of $9.99, it is currently only available to consumers who can pay for $129. In return, they receive a three-month license, Chromecast Ultra Dongle, and a separate controller, as well as other benefits. But you have to buy all the games.