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Nvidia announces GeForce NOW game streaming launches October 1st for 7

first_imgNvidia started offering its GRID game streaming service as a free beta on Android-powered Shield devices last year. All along the implication was that eventually there would be a paid version of the service, but the launch date for that service was pushed back several times. Now it’s happening, and it comes with a new name. GRID is becoming GeForce NOW, and it launches tomorrow, October 1.GeForce NOW will cost $7.99 per month, the same as the base Netflix subscription. This is a comparison Nvidia loves to draw. For that price, you get access to over 50 streaming titles at no additional cost, and this selection will expand over time. These are mostly games that are a year or two old, but there are some real gems like the Batman Arkham games and the Lego franchise.Nvidia is really hoping you’ll like GeForce NOW enough to buy more games, though. In addition to the included titles, there will be new AAA games like The Witcher 3 and Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. You’ll pay $20 to $60 for these games and they’ll only be accessible via GeForce NOW if you keep paying your subscription fee. Sounds like a bummer, right? Well, Nvidia will also provide you with a Windows download key for GeForce NOW purchases, so you won’t be locked in. That’s great.So why call it GeForce NOW? The name at least implies that desktop PCs will be included, but that’s not the case. GeForce NOW is only available on Shield devices for the time being like the Shield Android TV. This device will also be able to render several games in native 4K resolution with a 4K TV. The GeForce NOW name comes from the service’s use of GeForce video cards in Nvidia’s servers. All the rendering of the game happens there at maximum settings, then the video of the game is streamed to your device, and your inputs are streamed back.GeForce NOW works surprisingly well now that Nvidia has had time to work out the kinks. The great thing about having the GeForce NOW servers rendering your game is that all the effects and graphics technologies are set to maximum. In a game like The Witcher 3, even a powerful gaming PC will get bogged down when you enable the highest texture resolutions, long draw distances, and Nvidia Hairworks. GeForce NOW handles that no problem. There is a bit of pixelation noticeable in dark areas when your download speed fluctuates, but those with a fast connection shouldn’t have real problems.You’ll need 12Mbps down on your internet connection for 720p resolution. GeForce NOW bumps it up to 720 60fps at about 20Mbps, and 1080p 60fps at 50Mbps. As long as you’re in the 20s, it should be largely indistinguishable from a regular console game. GeForce NOW will start accepting sign-ups tomorrow in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and South Korea.last_img read more

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