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After debuting back in 2017, NVIDIA’s cloud-gaming service may finally be exiting beta. VideoCardz has learned that GeForce NOW will launch with a promotional “Founders” tier, which costs $4.99/month for 12 months. This subscription level includes additional benefits, such as ray-tracing (RTX) support and extended session lengths.

There will also be a free tier that reportedly limits playtime to just one hour. That’s a huge downgrade from the current beta, which lets players game for up to six hours, but free is free. (As the official FAQ explains, there’s a limit in place to ensure equal server access so they aren’t overwhelmed.)

For those who have forgotten, GeForce NOW is a service that lets gamers enjoy their libraries on Windows, Mac, SHIELD, and Android devices from anywhere in the world. Users essentially remote into NVIDIA’s high-performance machines, which stream their games back to them.

One major caveat (aside from your typical latency issues) is that not every game is supported, but that list is presumably growing. Over 400 titles (e.g., Fortnite, Dying Light) are currently available.

This is not to be confused with the original version of GeForce NOW, which launched in 2013 as GRID. That service revolved around NVIDIA’s own curated game library.

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  1. I was getting ready to rage against subscription nonsense, and then I realized they were talking about a game streaming service and calmed down.

    As long as I don’t have to use this game streaming garbage, and all titles stay available on the traditional desktop, I don’t care what the likes of GeForce NOW and Google Stadia do. I don’t plan on ever using them.

    I’m a hardware enthusiast first. I only play games because I have the hardware.

    If gaming moves to the cloud, I just lose interest and stop playing games.

  2. I won’t lie, I’ve bought more than a few titles just to demo off my own hardware. But I’ve never really played them past just looking at the pretty graphics a time or two, and almost always regret having thrown money at them.

    But mostly, I play a game for the game’s sake. The platform it runs on does matter, to a small degree, but much less so than the game itself.

    That being said, to each his own.

    For this…. it’s another streaming service, I can’t use them because of a crappy ISP, and even if I could, I don’t know that I would. At least this one makes more sense than Stadia does, since it does integrate with your current Steam library.

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