Nvidia's GeForce Now service resurrects the idea of streaming games to any PC

By Melvyn Tan on Jan 5, 2017

Image source: Ars Technica
Image source: Ars Technica

There used to be Gaikai and Onlive, competing services that'd let us stream games to our PCs and let us play them without worrying about our system requirements. Ironically, they ended up getting acquired by Sony, with their technology used for Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service.

Now, it looks like we'll be getting a streaming service dedicated to PC again. Our saviour is none other than Nvidia, who announced their service during their CES 2017 press conference. Well, technically GeForce Now isn't a new thing, but instead of servicing the Nvidia Shield only it'd now extend its services to PCs and even Macs as well.

It sounds so lovely on paper. Mac users can play stuff that weren't ported to Mac, and those with low-end PCs can breath a sigh of relief. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang apparently took 20 seconds to launch Steam and then boot up Rise of the Tomb Raider on a Mac and a notebook - with this service, even a potato can shine! Then you find out that pricing starts from RM112.50 ($25) for 20 hours of gaming. Ouch. And if you want even nicer graphics, the price will grow. According to Ars Technica UK, that $25 gets you 10 hours of play instead of 20 if you go for a GTX 1080 PC over a GTX1060 PC. And according to Engadget, the cost of the games themselves isn't included in this. I'm starting to think that it'd be better to just get a decent PC instead. It's not like we must have every graphic setting maxed out, right? 

Geforce Now will offer early access in the US in March. No news yet on when it'll come to other countries but when it does arrive here, would you give it a try? 

Source: PC Gamer 

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A secretly eccentric college student who writes occasionally for Gamehubs. His gaming interests mostly involve shooting things, but also include sneaking around in sizeable environments, slashing at things and commanding glorious armies. He prefers his turn-based strategy games to involve miniatures and dice however, and his current favourite game is NieR: Automata.
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