Have you ever wanted to play modern games on your PC but don’t have enough money to buy a $2000+ computer? Well, Nvidia is making a service called GeForce NOW that will let gamers play even the most graphically demanding games on a toaster, and the service is currently in open beta for everyone in the US and Europe.
So, what is GeForce NOW? To put it simply, its an app that connects to Nvidia’s cloud computers and lets gamers stream games at max settings without any problems. According to the official GeForce NOW website, players can link their Steam, Uplay, and Blizzard Battle.net accounts to the virtual PC and play any supported games within seconds. Since the app supports both Apple and Windows computers, gamers who own a MacBook Pro can play games without Mac versions, including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Furthermore, the service, even though it is currently in beta, supports over 150 games, including ARK: Survival Evolved, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, NieR: Automota, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
While GeForce NOW lets gamers stream games on underpowered PCs, the app still has some minimum system requirements. Windows owners need at least Windows 7, an Intel i3 @ 3.1 GHZ, 4GB RAM, and a GPU that supports DirectX 9. Meanwhile, MacOS users require at least version 10.10, and not all computer models will work with the app. However, the biggest barrier of entry is Internet connectivity. Since the GeForce NOW is a streaming service, users need at least 25 Mbps Internet download speed, although Nvidia recommends 50 Mbps or higher, and either a hardwired Ethernet connection or 5 GHz wireless router.
GeForce NOW may be Nvidia’s entry into the cloud gaming market, but it will face some stiff competition from the likes of GameFly and PlayStation Now, especially since those services provide unique benefits, such as streaming games on to a smart television or streaming PlayStation exclusive games, respectively. Plus, the subscriptions to those services include the cost of renting games, which potentially puts GeForce NOW at a huge disadvantage since gamers can only use the service to play the games they already own. But, since GeForce NOW supports PC-only titles such as Arma 3 and Divinity: Original Sin 2, only time will tell if GeForce NOW can compete with more well-established cloud gaming services.
Gamers who want to sign up for the free beta can do so here, although there is currently a waitlist. We do not know when the service will officially release or how much it will cost; although, according to VG247, Nvidia is considering a baseline price of $25 for 20 hours