GeForce NOW: how does it work?


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Just a question on GeForce NOW.

 

How does this exactly work?

 

On the nvidia website I see that libraries can be connected (which brings up the question... do you have to own the games already)? And is this GeForce NOW service "just a gaming PC on rental/subscription [the hardware] in the cloud", and you have to purchase the games you would like to play? (and sync/import)

Or is this service a combined one of a remote-gaming-PC that plays the (latest) games you wanna play? All for one price.

 

And how is this different from the XBOX Gaming Pass for PC?

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It is cloud streaming and you have to purchase a subscription

 

From Wikipedia

"GeForce Now consists of a network of servers based in data centers in North America and Europe, that host and serve the GeForce Now game library to members in those regions.[5] On March 18th, 2021, NVIDIA announced that they will be opening a datacenter in Montreal, Canada, in addition to two datacenters in Australia through their partnership with Pentanet.[6] The servers utilize Nvidia Tesla graphics cards, and can stream games at up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second (sometimes even 120 frames). Nvidia recommended a 50 Mbit/s internet connection for the 1080/60p stream, but the service can also stream at 720p/60p for 25 Mbit/s connections, 720/30p frames per second for connections higher than 10 Mbit/s, and use adaptive bitrate streaming to scale the quality based on bandwidth.[7][8] The server-side hardware will be upgraded over time to improve the quality of the streams.[2][9]"

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So, they're providing the hardware (via streaming), and you have to purchase the games yourself.

 

Technically, a 'gaming PC on lease' via their subscription; it saves you the costs of a "fullblown" gaming rig, but you pay a monthly fee for this. And purchase, & import, the games via their platform.

All you need is a decent internet-connection and a capable computer, less hw-specwise than the latest and greatest 3080s. Seems nice & okay.

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You technically buy the games on Steam. Not all are supported on Geforce Now though. They were ALL originally but some developers were upset they couldn't charge for the same title again like with a new console system, so they had a little snitfit, and forced Nvidia to only allow titles that were agreed upon by developers also.

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On 21/10/2021 at 19:42, margrave said:

You technically buy the games on Steam. Not all are supported on Geforce Now though. They were ALL originally but some developers were upset they couldn't charge for the same title again like with a new console system, so they had a little snitfit, and forced Nvidia to only allow titles that were agreed upon by developers also.

Aha. Purchased Steam games - maybe not all available via GeForce Now - available via cloud-streaming.

GIven the list of games, this might be a good alternative when my gaming notebook will become a little sluggish.

 

The latest HW in (cloud)gaming hardware, with your own games.

€99 for 6 months on the 3080-option, makes €200/year. A gaming notebook is about €1600, so you're "safe" and cost effective for 8 years [whereas a regular gaming pc lasts 3-5 years; sound like a good deal].

A regular/medium notebook of about €700-900 will do in that case for some internet, word-/office-processing and alike.

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