NVIDIA’s game-streaming service has been getting a bit of bad press as of late, but here’s some good news to rekindle the spirits of GeForce NOW believers.
According to an announcement on the official forum, Cyberpunk 2077 will be available on GeForce NOW “the day it’s released.” That means owners of CD PROJEKT RED’s upcoming masterpiece can enjoy it anytime and anywhere with the help of NVIDIA’s “state-of-the-art” gaming PCs over the cloud.
“GeForce NOW members will be able to grab their copy on Steam and play the game the moment it’s available. GeForce NOW Founders members can explore the streets of Night City with RTX ON, fully optimized and instantly available, even on your Mac laptop,” wrote Cory@NVIDIA.
Cyberpunk 2077 is one of – if not the – biggest ray-tracing showcases coming this year, but GeForce NOW users will need to spring for a Founders membership to enable RTX effects. NVIDIA is offering that tier at a promotional price of $4.99 a month for 12 months.
Let’s hope that Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t suffer the same fate as Activision Blizzard’s titles, which were abruptly pulled shortly after GeForce NOW launched. Nobody knew what happened at the time, but Bloomberg later reported that it “stemmed from a simple misunderstanding.”
It turns out that Activision Blizzard would only allow Call of Duty, Overwatch, and other big titles on GeForce NOW if NVIDIA agreed to a commercial agreement. They basically wanted extra cash, but that didn’t align with the service’s goal of streaming games that were already owned and paid for.
“Activision Blizzard has been a fantastic partner during the GeForce Now beta, which we took to include the free trial period for our founders membership. Recognizing the misunderstanding, we removed the games from our service, with hope we can work with them to re-enable these, and more, in the future,” said NVIDIA in a statement.