Nvidia is launching its own game streaming service
During this year’s CES convention, Nvidia announced it will soon be launching a cloud-based game streaming service which will allow any PC or Mac user with a decent internet connection to stream and play the latest games.
The service will be a revamped version of Nvidia’s GeForce Now program which was only available on the Nvidia Shield and only included a small number of streamable games back when it originally launched in 2015. This new revamped version will be available for both PC and Mac and its big selling point is that, since you’re remotely streaming the games you play from the cloud, you can play hit titles like Fallout 4, Dark Souls III, Rocket League, and Rise of the Tomb Raider on systems which otherwise fell far short of the minimum system requirements for those games.
The only problem which fans appear to be having with the newly revamped GeForce Now is Nvidia’s bizarre plan for monetizing it. In lieu of more standard monthly subscription plans, Nvidia will utilize a model in which GeForce Now users can pay $25 for 20 hours of gameplay. This doesn’t seem like a great strategy considering some of the games on the initial GeForce Now streaming list (like Fallout 4 or Dark Souls III) can easily suck up 20 hours all on their own, but there’s still time for Nvidia to tweak the model based on feedback.
A release date for the new version of GeForce Now hasn’t been announced yet but Nvidia is planning to offer an early access trial on a first-come-first-served basis. You can sign up for the early access trial here.