What is NVIDIA GeForce
What is Nvidia GeForce Now, is it free, and what devices does it work with?
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(Pocket-lint) - Nvidia has its own cloud gaming service in the form of GeForce Now, but it is different from most of the others.
To get started, there's a free plan that lets you access your own games in the cloud on Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG, and Ubisoft's UPlay, all of which run on the latest PC gaming hardware.
How do you get GeForce Now and what devices does it work on? Continue reading.
What is Nvidia GeForce now?
Nvidia GeForce Now is a cloud gaming service where you play games that are hosted on remote services and streamed over the Internet to one of the supported devices - similar to Google Stadia, xCloud from Xbox, Shadow or PlayStation Now.
All controller (or mouse) codes go the other way while you get back up to 1080p 60fps video of your gameplay.
It is operated by more than 20 data centers around the world, with you accessing the closest one. And depending on which membership plan you choose, games will run on the best Nvidia graphics cards (RTX) so they'll end up looking their best regardless of the hardware spec.
Unlike most of its competitors, GeForce Now doesn't sell you games or give you access to its own curated library of titles. Instead, it will be linked to your Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG or Uplay online accounts to play the games you already own or will buy through these digital storefronts.
Not all games are available - some publishers like Activision and Bethesda are blocking most of their titles from being used through GeForce Now - but there are still 1,000.
Nvidia GeForce Now compatible devices
The Nvidia GeForce Now service can be played through the company's own Shield TV set-top boxes. It can also be accessed via desktop apps for PC, Mac and Google Chromebooks.
Any Android device with 2GB of RAM and sporty Android 5.0 is compatible, but you will need a separate controller.
This also includes Android TV boxes that are not Shield TV. Since the app is currently only in beta form, Nvidia does not guarantee the performance or availability of all functions.
Only the LG U + UHD Android TV box, which is only available in Korea, is officially compatible (except for Shield).
More recently, support for iOS devices has been added through the Safari browser. Just upload play.geforcenow.com to a new page.
What does GeForce Now cost?
There are two membership options for Nvidia GeForce Now and the best news is that one of them is free.
The free membership allows you to play any of your compatible games for up to an hour. You may also have to wait in a queue for a slot to become available on one of the Nvidia computers when priority is given to paid members.
Paid members, referred to as priority, get extended session duration, priority access (hence the name), and games are played with the highest level of graphics, with RTX cards and ray tracing where appropriate.
Priority membership costs £ 8.99 / $ 8.99 / € 9.99 per month for 12 months. You can also pay annually to save some cash - it's £ 89.99 / $ 89.99 / € 99.99 for the whole year.
Founding members who signed up as a public offering in the first year of service continue to pay their old "for life" rate.
What games are there now on Nvidia GeForce?
As mentioned above, the most important thing about the GeForce Now service is that you have your own games available to you. So if you have a healthy library of games on Steam, GOG, Uplay, or any other online library, you can just install a large number of games on the remote computer and play them whenever you want. Some are even preinstalled so you don't have to wait for installation before playing.
You can browse the list of currently supported games here.
It's also one of the few cloud gaming services that supports free games like Fortnite, Hyper Scape, and Apex Legends.
Some games support Nvidia Highlights, which allow you to record and share in-game footage. This includes Fortnite, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and many other titles that you can see on this list here.
Where are my backup files stored?
All of your backup files are stored in the cloud so you can pick up where you left off whenever you want.
What is the minimum internet speed that Nvidia GeForce Now will operate at?
Nvidia GeForce Now uses adaptive bit rates when streaming, so that the picture quality adapts to your current internet speeds.
It requires a minimum broadband speed of 10Mbps. However, 20Mbps is recommended if you want to stream at 720p and 60 fps.
You need at least 50Mbps to enjoy a stable 1080p 60fps experience.
Nvidia also claims that the ping time to any of its servers shouldn't exceed 60 ms.
Can i play multiplayer games?
Because GeForce Now effectively plays games from your own library that is only installed on a remote computer, it is compatible with multiplayer online games, including Fortnite.
In addition, you can play in multiplayer online worlds with players of the PC versions of games.
Where is Nvidia GeForce available now?
GeForce Now is available in 30 countries worldwide, including the US, UK and Central Europe.
You can learn more and sign up for Nvidia GeForce Now here.
We have compiled a list of games worth adding to your library. There are also plenty of bargains to be found.
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