Nvidia is offering a new gaming subscription service with an impressive tech angle: All of the gaming power, none of the requirements.
Windows is the OS of choice for PC gaming, and that is something that we can all agree on, right?
Well, with GeForce NOW, the subscription, remote gaming brainchild of Nvidia, that question may very well be irrelevant. Apparently, you can play just about any non-Mac game on a 12-inch Retina Macbook and get the Nvidia GeForce experience with GeForce NOW.With Geforce Now, you can play AAA PC Games on a Macbook! #Nvidia #GeforceNowClick To Tweet
Gaming subscriptions aren’t exactly new, but this adds a new layer to them that could be a huge selling point for the Nvidia GeForce experience.
Other subscriptions allow a user to peruse a vast library of games that they can play or sometimes own, but players need to bring their own hardware.
But Nvidia has a way around that, and that’s what puts GeForce NOW apart from it’s competitors.
Building a Better Subscription
We live in an era where the Internet of Things has started to creep into every aspect of our lives, which sounds scary until you see some of the benefits.
For instance, cloud computing is enabling Nvidia to let people play high-end games on machines that have no business doing so. All they have to do is download a virtual desktop on their PC or Macintosh computer, and Nvidia will do all of the heavy
All they have to do is download a virtual desktop on their PC or Mac, and Nvidia will do all of the heavy lifting for even the least graphics capable machine, like the 12-inch Retina Macbook in the video above.
How do they do it?
Well, they run a network of servers utilizing their famous GTX 1080 graphics cards, and as long as you have a good enough internet connection you can basically stream whatever game you are playing.
Your low-power machine might as well be watching a movie.
Your internet connection will determine the quality, though, so if you want the full 1080/60p experience you want to make sure that you have a 50 Mbps or higher (preferably higher) Internet connection.
The remote desktop that you access through Now has a Windows environment, and it sounds pretty flexible. Whereas Nvidia Shield is billed as a ‘Netflix for games’, NOW acts more like a remote Windows PC.
The system has come a long way just since two years ago, as you’ll see from this video.
The Nvidia Geforce experience has improved since this video, it seems. The company may have even listened to criticisms, as now you can even install Steam, Battle.net, or Origin so you can access your library, purchase games, and keep up with friends through those distribution networks.
Now, it’s not perfect. There’s a little bit of lag that is unavoidable, even if you have far beyond the 50 Mbps required for the best display. When playing FPS-intensive games like first-person shooters or rhythm games, that might cramp your style a bit, but that all depends on how competitive you are.
The drop is only about 20 FPS, which isn’t that major, so unless you fancy yourself a pro at Overwatch, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about.
Overall, the service is pretty exciting. It’s still in its beta phase, but I think that it represents a big step-up for Nvidia. Clearly, they want you to start PC gaming, even if you can’t afford to make a PC with their expensive yet industry-standard video cards.
Nvidia GeForce Experience on the Cloud
Like I said before, gaming subscriptions aren’t exactly new. Heck, even the Sega Genesis had one; the Sega Channel.
I should know, I had a subscription to it, which made me simultaneously the nerdiest and coolest kid on the block. But that required me to have a Sega Genesis.
Geforce NOW is more like having the Sega Channel on your old NES, or having Sony’s Playstation Now on their first Playstation console. That’s a pretty novel concept, and it has the potential to change the way people think about remote gaming and cloud computing.
Up until now, I haven’t had too much interest in products that provided remote gaming. I’ve never had a problem creating the Nvidia GeForce experience on my own rig. In fact, putting a desktop together was one of my first great accomplishments. Look at me now, Mom!
Of course, that’s before I saw what GeForce NOW is doing. With the increase in the capabilities of cloud computing networks we’re seeing an increase in their range, so it’s not about broadcasting to another device inside a home anymore.
It’s about broadcasting a device across a country.
If GeForce NOW catches on, then we may see a new golden era of PC gaming, where you don’t have to buy a computer that is as powerful as it is expensive in order to play.
And that could be a wonderful thing for the community of PC gamers.