At a virtual CES press conference, Nvidia detailed several updated features for its cloud gaming service. The premium package is getting an upgrade, with new servers and stronger technology. Those who choose for the $19.99 plan can anticipate improved performance in graphically intensive games.
Company’s flagship servers are now outfitted with GeForce RTX 4080 GPUs. Prior to today, consumers who paid for the most costly subscription plan had access to servers with server-grade GPUs that were equal to GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs.
To refresh your memory, GeForce Now enables you to access your own cloud-hosted games. The data processing for the game is being done at a local data centre, with the visual stream being sent to your device. Some web browsers, in addition to Windows and macOS, Android (including Android TV), and GeForce Now are supported (including Safari on the iPhone and iPad).
Subscribers to GeForce Now must still purchase games from digital retailers like Steam, the Epic Games Store, and others; once purchased, these titles remain the users’ property even when their subscriptions expire. The major problem, though, is that not all game developers have agreed to have their titles supported by Nvidia on GeForce Now. Fortnite, League of Legends, Cyberpunk 2077, and a plethora of Ubisoft titles are just a few of the more than 1,500 games that work right now. For example, you can’t play Overwatch 2 or Elden Ring.
GeForce Now is available for no cost to customers for a trial period. A waiting system is in place, and each play session lasts no more than one hour. A “Priority” membership costs $9.99 a month and grants instant access to games and allows for six hours of playtime per session, making it ideal for daily users. You can only go up to 1080p at 60 frames per second.
Nvidia introduced a new, high-end tier last year called GeForce Now RTX 3080, and it costs $19.99 a month. As a result of the current change, this tier is being renamed. The new name, GeForce Now Ultimate, was just announced.
GeForce Now Ultimate has 4K resolution support and access to more powerful servers. The Ultimate plan now accommodates 240 hertz display refresh rates (up from 120Hz). Aside from DLSS 3, users may also activate Nvidia Reflex and other Nvidia-exclusive capabilities.
If you’re playing an Nvidia Reflex-compatible game on a G-Sync display, GeForce Now will automatically adjust the streaming rate to match your frame rate. How interesting! However, you may not need GeForce Now if you have an Nvidia G-Sync display because you probably already have a gaming PC.
Late in the month of January, all current GeForce Now RTX 3080 subscribers will be automatically upgraded to the more powerful GeForce Now Ultimate plan at no further cost to them. The monthly fee for GeForce Now Ultimate remains at $19.99.
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