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LG is bringing GeForce NOW to select WebOS Smart OS TVs. It is the first TV manufacturer to include the game streaming service. The beta app will not include all the features found on PC or the NVIDIA Shield but will offer access to over 35 free-to-play games and the ability to connect to other stores. The app supports up to 1080p 60 FPS SDR streaming.

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Games include Rocket League and Destiny 2 plus hit titles such as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Crysis Remastered Trilogy, all playable at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. GeForce NOW Priority members get access to the most advanced platform for ray tracing and AI technologies, streaming from NVIDIA RTX-powered servers in data centers worldwide for the most responsive gameplay and gorgeous, high-quality graphics.

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Gamers can play PC titles they already own or they can purchase new games from popular digital stores like Steam, Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect, and Origin. Access 800+ games, with more released every GFN Thursday. The catalog also features many of the world’s most-played games, including 35+ free-to-play titles, like Fortnite, Apex Legends, Destiny 2 and more. Play with and against millions of other PC players at up to 1080p 60 FPS, and never wait for downloads, installs, patches or updates.

Only a physical keyboard and mice are supported for navigating the app menu. For gaming, most console, PC, and some third-party gamepads are supported, including Bluetooth models. Audio is limited to stereo output.

System Requirements

TV REQUIREMENTS

Certain 2021 LG TVs with the fall 2021 webOS firmware update and the latest LG TV browser update. Note: GeForce NOW is currently in beta on LG TVs.

GAMEPADS

You must use a supported gamepad to play games on LG TVs. You can only use a physical keyboard and mouse to navigate the app.

NVIDIA SHIELD controller connected using Bluetooth
All Microsoft Xbox Wireless controllers using Bluetooth or USB
Microsoft Xbox 360 connected wireless using a USB adapter or USB
Sony PS5 DualSense connected using Bluetooth or USB
Sony DualShock 4 connected using Bluetooth or USB
Logitech Gamepad F310, F710, and Dual Action USB
Note: you must set the controller to work in (DirectInput mode)
Note: the nano-receiver must be connected to a USB port that delivers enough power, such as a powered USB hub
Additional gamepads may work with GeForce NOW. Some require additional drivers and/or software updates to function properly.

KEYBOARD AND MICE

You can only use a physical keyboard and mouse to navigate the app. You must use a supported gamepad to play games on LG TVs.

INTERNET REQUIREMENTS

GeForce NOW requires at least 15Mbps for 720p at 60 FPS, and 25Mbps for 1080p at 60 FPS. We also require less than 80ms latency from an NVIDIA data center. However, for the best experience, we recommend less than 40ms. Please read this knowledge base article on how to test your network.

We also recommend a hardwired Ethernet connection or a 5GHz wireless router. 2.4GHz Wi-Fi is not recommended for using GeForce NOW.

Note: GeForce NOW RTX 3080 membership features such as 120 FPS, 4K, HDR streaming, and 5.1 & 7.1 surround sound are not currently available on LG TVs.

AUDIO SUPPORT

We support 2-channel stereo on LG TVs. Note: 5.1 and 7.1 surround, available with a GeForce NOW RTX 3080 membership, is not available on LG TVs.

Sources: LG (1, 2) (via FlatPanelsHD, OC3D), NVIDIA

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  1. [QUOTE=”Uvilla, post: 44078, member: 397″]
    Holdup… WebOS is alive?
    [/QUOTE]
    Yeah, LG bought it a few years ago and made it their TV OS. It’s been there for a while, but it’s not something you’d really recognize.

  2. I’ve had a few LG WebOS TVs over the years. It keeps evolving and isn’t too bad. My biggest complaint is that it won’t give you a normal full restart option. In some cases, you might be able to dig through menus to get to one but the power buttons(even supposed hard-shutdown) don’t always achieve. On a number of occasions when something has gone sideways I’ve had to pull the UPS out to unplug it and wait and plug it back in.

    Other than that, it’s been pretty smooth on our LG C9. It sure would be nice if LG and HBO could iron things out so HBO Max would finally get added but I do think it’s pretty cool how someone with one of these newer TVs could have the GeForce option for PC gaming without a PC, albeit with some limitations. For the time being though, I’ve got a Shield to stream Max to it, and our projector, which ironically would still give better performance for Now than the new app. Oh well.

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