What is NVIDIA GeForce Now?

Last updated on Aug 16, 2021

Posted on Aug 16, 2021

NVIDIA is one of the largest video card manufacturers in the world. But did you know they offer other services outside of just creating video cards?

If you are reading this article, you likely came across one of these services and are wondering what it is. Well, hopefully, this article will answer your question!

GeForce Now, and what it is

You may know of NVIDIA's gaming video cards. They are named the "GeForce" series of cards. So, what is this GeForce Now service?

Is it a way to get video cards quickly to you? Is it a subscription service to gain access to a video card?

To answer your questions, it is not a way to get your own physical video card, but it is somewhat of a way to gain access to a video card.

You see, NVIDIA GeForce Now is a Cloud Gaming service.

Cloud Gaming?

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Yep, you heard that right. GeForce Now is a service that NVIDIA offers to consumers that will allow you to stream games directly to your device, utilizing servers in a data center.

Cloud Gaming is much like other Cloud Computing services. It is a way to utilize resources that are not physically available on your computer to run processes that you may otherwise not have been able to. In this case, it is running a game.

You see, Cloud Gaming allows you to stream a game running on one of NVIDIA's gaming servers. The client you utilize to see the game also sends your inputs from your devices to the game.

In the end, the client on your device is essentially running as if you run the game locally. You see the stream, your inputs work per normal, and you can enjoy the game on the hardware you otherwise may not have been able to run the game on!

Any differences between Cloud and Local?

There are a handful of differences between running a game locally and utilizing a cloud gaming service.

For one, the game will not be running on your local hardware. In particular, for GeForce Now, you will be running on NVIDIA's edge servers running in data centers located throughout the world.

Your device will only use the resource necessary to decode the video stream that it is receiving from GeForce Now. This requires significantly fewer resources than running the game locally.

However, Cloud Gaming does introduce latency, as the game stream and your inputs need to travel over the internet. For most games, this will not matter as much. But, for competitive games, this could end up being a disadvantage for you.

It is also good to note that your internet plays a large role in your Cloud Gaming experience. Have decent fiber or cable internet? You should not have an issue streaming games to your devices. However, if you have dial-up, satellite, and/or non-reliable internet, your cloud gaming experience may not be the best.

Should I give it a try?

Cloud Gaming is wonderful in terms of technology. However, the technology is still in its infancy. This means that not everything is ironed out, and you could end up dealing with some issues that others may not have experienced or have been unable to figure out.

Cloud Gaming is also highly dependent on internet connection. Without a decent connection, your experience will be poor.

But, for many, cloud gaming has allowed them to play AAA games at maximum graphics, where they otherwise would not have been able to.

So, if you are interested, I would say give it a try. GeForce Now will let you play those graphically demanding games without requiring you to purchase the hardware!

How much does it cost?

NVIDIA offers two separate membership plans. The first one is a Free membership. This allows you to try out the service, but you are limited to the resolution that you can play your games at, the ability to enable RTX, you have to wait in a queue to gain access to hardware, and you are only able to play a game for an hour at a time.

The Priority membership, on the other hand, will give you priority access to hardware, the ability to enable RTX in supported games, unlimited session lengths, and a few other goodies. Priority membership will run you $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year. Much less than having to purchase your own Video Card!

TL;DR

NVIDIA GeForce Now is a Cloud Gaming service. It allows you to stream a game to your device and capture your device's inputs while utilizing high-powered hardware in a data center.

With NVIDIA GeForce Now, you can play games at higher graphical settings and maintain 60 frames-per-second without needing to have the costly GPU's or CPU's that may otherwise be required to run these games.


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