GeForce Now Lets You Stream Your Own Games From High-End PCs, But It's Not Cheap

GeForce Now for PC/Mac lets you play games you own through places like Steam, rather than a Netflix-style library.

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Nvidia has announced an interesting new version of its GeForce Now streaming service for PC and Mac. The cost, however, may keep many people away.

Unlike the Netflix-esque version of Now available for Nvidia's Shield device, this new version doesn't come with unlimited access to a pre-selected library games. Instead, you're able to install games you own--through Steam, Origin, and other platforms or standalone clients--on cloud-based servers and stream them to your computer. Provided you have a capable internet connection (25 Mbps is required), this allows you to play games on high-end hardware (a computer running either a GTX 1060 or GTX 1080) on a slower desktop or laptop. Driver and game updates will be handled automatically.

Nvidia will initially debut this service with a free, early access period you can register for now on its website. You'll have a limit of 1 TB's worth of games at a time, and, at least initially, you'll need to be in the continental United States to use the service.

GeForce Now is not going to be available for free indefinitely. Each minute you play costs a certain number of credits depending on whether you choose to play with a GTX 1060 system (two credits per minute) or a GTX 1080 system (four per minute). According to USGamer, the free access comes with 1,000 credits, and additional allotments of 2,500 credits can be purchased for $25.

That equates to 8 hours and 20 minutes of free time on a GTX 1060, or 4 hours and 10 minutes on a GTX 1080. $25's worth of credits gets you about 20 hours and 50 minutes with a GTX 1060, or 10 hours and 25 minutes with a GTX 1080. Keep in mind, this is an added cost to that of the games themselves, which you'll still buy as you normally would.

GeForce Now's early access period begins in March.

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I definitely believe this is the future. But not right now. Maybe in 50 years. Countries like Australia (from whence I came) still don't consistently give its citizens internet even approaching 25mbit.

Our previous Government started rolling out 100/40 to everyone which is great, and quite a few people have it, but then the conservatives came in to power and are rolling out a Fibre/Copper hybrid monstrosity which will struggle to reach 25mbit consistently.

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Clearly the economies are not there for this to succeed, and I suspect the technology isn't either.

Specifically, with regards to the latter, that would be the ceiling imposed by latency, and the gap which exists between perfect and what most people actually have or get, regardless of their bandwidth.

Of course I said the same thing about streaming Video two decades ago, and that, as long as you don't require granular frame control, is certainly a viable solution now. So maybe someday this will be too.

What I want to know is if this is simply a cloud based disk install, and you are still using your local PC and Video Card....in which case why are you paying all this money for essentially storage?

Or does the game actually use NVIDIA's cloud based server CPU's and RAM, which then stream to your video card.......in which case the question begs to be asked: if this is feasible, why do I need an 8GB/s 16 or 32 lane PCIe connection between my video card and the CPU on my gaming rig?

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Wow. The degree of stupidity with streaming games as resolutions and graphical fidelity keeps ever increasing. Who the hell wants to play a game rendered on a 1080 somewhere, and then piped down to you on the internet with latency and a horrible image compressed and artifacted to all hell?

Also that pricing is nothing short of comical, and a true test to see just "how" stupid the average public is. Metered, inferior gaming. LOL

Just die already "stream" gaming.

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Thats laughably bad pricing. They have Sony people as consultants presumably.

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Where I travel alot, nursing, this option does appeal to me. That way i can leave my home gaming rig on, but only have to take a lappy or large tablet with me on the road and still play many of my high end games.

I still have some big questions, like : VOIP, PTP, as well as many issues that prevent this kind of streaming in most/many hotels and vacation areas. Playstation now for instance is hard to get working in many hotels, so is xbox live. Coffee shops, libraries, college areas- how well will this work? If I goto another friends house to play, 25mbs is pretty big, but i wonder how will the games and apps affect our gameplay latency wise, how will the packet be allocated?

This does appeal to me but it also raises many questions. I just hope this is not some niche product foretelling cloud based gaming that so far has been underwhelming.

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This will fail, big time. The price is the reason.

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Thank the powers that be for AMD to counter this trash.

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That pricing is pretty obscene but I think it might be the way of the future.

Personally I like to own my own gear but once streaming technology improves & prices come down I can see the appeal in paying a monthly fee in the same way that people have gotten used to paying for music & video streaming services.

Consoles are no longer the simple "put the disc in & play" solution that they used to be. With system updates, day 1 patches & a host of other inconveniences, wouldn't it be better to have the internet cafe experience of having everything installed & ready to go, except in your own home? Home users could essentially have a thin client PC/console that could do all your word processing & small file storage while gaming or even video editing in the cloud. At the right price, I think it will catch on in a few years.

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@bbq_R0ADK1LL: Nice glass half full attitude but unless big markets like the U.S. offer faster speeds(no caps) for reasonable prices, game streaming will stay on the fringe.

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@ghost140: Yeah, it's gonna require working with the cable companies a bit. The US kinda screwed itself when they signed over monopoly rights to a handful of big companies who agree not to compete with each other.

It may not be "Net Neutrality" in its purest form but if Nvidia can strike a deal so data doesn't count towards your cap, that could work under the current system. There are probably better test markets though. They should trial it where people already have fibre widespread.

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even at half the price this is outragous

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I'm having a hard time trying to understand who this is marketed at, traveling gamers? Most hotel internet sucks, so it can't be them...can it?

I suppose if I needed to game on the go, then I would just buy a GTX 1060 based laptop for around $1K or just build a mini-ITX rig.

I'd also be concerned about my Steam Account privacy since it needs to be paired.

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Thats pretty expensive I guess its only viable for those traveling or moving around who cant carry the gaming pc with them, but I'd still prefer monthly subscription like that of sony's.

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So... you have to buy the game... and then "rent" the cloud for $25 for 20 hours? Suddenly PlayStation Now looks pretty good.

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@sellingthings: :)

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This will fail harder than carving the wrong face into Mt. Rushmore.

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Nvidia set stupid high pricing to prevent this cloud service from cannibalizing potential gaming GPU sales. Obvious is obvious, fail is fail. I hope Nvidia goes bankrupt.

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This will never catch on. I could see it possibly working if they charged a monthly unlimited, but even then, it's paying to rent hardware...

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This service should be exclusively for people with a Mac..

OR sheeple who buy Apple products should realize what idiots they are for doing so.

For people with Shit laptops won't pay for this, because for these prices they could just build a regular gaming PC.

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@taegire01: theres nothing wrong with apple, but to each his own, a pc with the same mac hardware would cost the same, and windows doesnt come with high quality software like mac...but good on you for following what you hear

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@haze0986: "A PC with the same mac hardware would cost the same".

What world are you living in?! Even a pre-built PC is around 25% cheaper than a mac equivalent (unless you're buying say, an alienware). Building your own is even cheaper! You pay a premium just for the crApple name branded onto the hardware.

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@Daveof89: lol stop it, from build quality to software you arent besting a mac, sorry to hurt your feelings but even i know my gaming pc is only good for gaming....do me a favor, add up the cost of macs software they GIVE you when you buy one of their machines, now add up the crapware windows gives you , big difference. mac hardware costs the same, you just dont like paying a premium for better apps, better performance, and 12 hours battery life. hate on mac all you want, i used to myself....but then i realized windows is crap compared unless its for gaming.

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@haze0986: Mm, nope. I built a PC a few months ago. i7 6700k, 512gb m.2 ssd, 1tb ssd, 16gb ddr4 2400 ram, GTX 1080, cost me about $2400 with Windows 10. A mac pro with:

  • 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor
  • 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory
  • Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage1

$4,000

So, slower processor (granted, 2 more cores, but still), slower RAM, worse graphics processing, and 1.25 tb less SSD space, and yet, it STILL costs almost 2x the price. My entire line of hardware could fail, and I'd be able to replace it for just a few hundred more than that mac.

I could care less about the software that comes preinstalled. I want to choose my own software, not have it chosen for me.

Oh, and have fun with the 'genius' bar when something breaks. You know they intentionally hire technologically ignorant people so they can brainwash them...

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@sellingthings: 8daysx24hrs=192totalhours/10.5hrsplaytimeper1080credittime=18.28571428571429x$25creditincrement=

$457.15 rounded up. So you could definitely buy a 1070 or a bargain bin 1080 but 2 1080's SLI is stretching it.

Not to say this whole streaming situation isn't laughable. Anyway..

I want my 1080ti!

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@sellingthings: I'm still playing with a........

680 classified.

That is why I was counting on the ti announcement yesterday at CES. Instead we got that announcement.

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Rofl, that was the dumbest idea i ever saw! Congratulations, nvidia. I hope no one is idiot enough to pay those prices, for the sake of humanity

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The cost to play Witcher 3 or Fallout 4 could pay for a new GTX 1080.

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@howthegodzkill: I would get a titan pascal with some games easily

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The idea is really cool for casual but not for people who spend the majority of their time playing

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Nice price ROFLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Nvidia been smoking some heavy shit.

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I want my 1080ti !!!!!

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NO F^CKING WAY. What a play to milk money from gamers and holding off on the 1080ti announcement.

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"The cost, however, may keep many people away."

It may keep the majority away, but not as many as you would think. At first I thought that this article would have nothing to offer me, until I remembered gaming in HS. Back then I had a job and a PC that could play games, but went to the Grandparents every weekend almost. Years later, I get married and spent many weekends with the in-laws. I gladly would have spent $25 to get a few hours in even if it wasn't on my system. Especially as a kid, our parents were the ones where you couldn't lay games during the week, and only until 6 on Sunday AFTER a day of church.

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@sellingthings: If you have a (good) gaming PC. This service isn't intended for you.

It's for people with shit computers or idiots who bought a mac. But even people with shit windows computers won't buy this service because with that money spent they could just build a gaming PC.

Maybe people with Macs will go in full force with this program, because they were obviously stupid enough to buy a mac, so why not go full retard and use Geforce now.

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@taegire01: "because they were obviously stupid enough to buy a mac, so why not go full retard and use Geforce now."

LOL, best comment ever :D

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