Soon everything will be in the cloud. Our photos and videos recorded with smartphones are already there. The same applies to e-mail, calendar, documents, contacts, etc. We have resigned from the music collection and the film library for the benefit of streaming services. Now it’s time to play. GeForce Now is a service that will stream the game running in the highest details on a remote machine, while we use the average computer on which every new game normally cuts.
Streaming computer games is not a new idea. However, it is very hard to put into practice. The biggest problem here is meeting the delay requirements. Not only that in real time a high-resolution image must be sent, the game must immediately react to the player’s actions. There is no caching here, and delays must be minimal. That’s why Nvidia has been fine-tuning the GeForce Now service, which has already been tested by MacBook and iMac owners. For them, this service is even more attractive because many games can not be run on macOS. Holders of PCs have to gain from the lack of the need to purchase an expensive graphics card (the service offers GeForce GTX 1080 performance) and installation and storage on the hard drive of games.
GeForce Now has recently launched the GeForce Now beta test for PCs.
To take part in the tests, complete the form available on the Nvidia website. The service has very little technical requirements. All you need is a computer with an Intel i3 3.1 GHz or faster processor, 4 GB of RAM and a graphics card that supports DirectX 9 (NVIDIA GeForce 600, AMD Radeon HD 3000, Intel HD Graphics 2000 or newer). For this you need an internet connection with a bandwidth of 25 Mbps (50 Mbps is recommended). While GeForce Now may have problems with the operation, if you use a Wi-Fi network working at 2.4 GHz. GeForce Now allows you to run games that you have previously bought on one of the cooperating platforms (Steam, Battle.net and recently added Uplay). Nvidia constantly adds new titles that do not require any installation on your computer. All this is stored on virtual machines that are used during the game. The games are streamed with a resolution of 1080p at a maximum of 120 fps. For now, it is not known how much it will cost to use the new service. As part of the tests, you can play for 4 hours as part of a single session. You can return to the same game later, but you have to restart it.