Rockstar pull all games from GeForce Now, prompts rumours of Google Stadia exclusivity deal

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Aug 29, 2019 2:30 PM
System Requirements Optimum 1080p PC Build Low vs Ultra Screenshots GPU Performance Chart CPU List That Meet System Requirements GPU List That Meet System Requirements

There’s been some interesting rumblings in the world of gaming streaming which could ultimately end up having big ramifications for PC gamers. First and foremost, all Rockstar games have been removed from Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming service. This includes Grand Theft Auto IV, Bully, and more. 

Where it gets really interesting is these Rockstar games aren’t even playable through the desktop GeForce Now client. Normally, basically any game in your Steam library can be temporarily installed and played, regardless of whether it’s part of the GeForce Now service or not. Whatever’s gone on here, Rockstar Games has explicitly blocked GeForce Now users from being able to streaming any of its games.

Over on Reddit, a user tried to contact Nvidia support about the GTA games not working on GeForce Now and got the following response: 

“I talked to live support they said that it was decided by Rockstar and GFN to remove it. When I ask why they don't give me a proper answer they just keep repeating that "it was decided by the devs". RIP”

Obviously this is ringing a few alarm bells for those who are still struggling to see the disadvantages of streaming technology. A publisher has the ability to remove their games from a service entirely, and therefore losing you access to games you may have played. That’s exactly the sort of issue we all anticipated from a streaming future.

But, without dwelling on that too long, we need to circle around to Google Stadia. In particular, Google Stadia and its list of publishing partners. Rockstar Games is probably the biggest name on that list and yet as far as Rockstar/Stadia announcements go, there have been none. They’re doing something together, we just don’t know exactly what that is yet.

Putting 2+2 together and hopefully coming up for 4, it would seem reasonable to assume Rockstar has entered into some sort of agreement with Stadia. This could potentially be exclusive streaming rights to Rockstar titles, it could even be totally exclusive games for all we know. But, at this stage, we’d be incredibly surprised if Red Dead Redemption 2 wasn’t coming to Google Stadia. There have been a ton of hints, not list the cowboy symbols on the backdrop at Google’s own Stadia reveal event.

The good news here, if you stomach it, is Red Dead Redemption 2 would finally be playable on PC. The bad news is, obviously, we’d be bloody streaming it through our Chrome browsers rather than playing natively. This leads us into an even bigger quandary - could Rockstar choose to skip local PC support entirely, pointing toward a Stadia version for any PC gamers interested in their titles? There would be significant backlash, that’s for sure, but it would mean Rockstar not having to develop and maintain a PC version. 

As you can tell there’s a whole lot of conjecture going on here based on little more than Rockstar pulling its games from GeForce Now and, coincidentally, working with Google on Stadia projects. Something’s going on though, and we’re not sure if we’re all that keen on finding out.

Login or Register to join the debate

Rep
60
Offline
00:04 Aug-31-2019

I anticipate Google Stadia not doing as well as they think it will, you can have all the games we want but if its based around just streaming games AND paying full price for each game. Nobody will use it.

2
Rep
1
Offline
20:51 Aug-30-2019

First EGS and now stadia
STOP THIS ANTI CONSUMER BS ITS NOT COMPETITION

1
Rep
45
Offline
admin approved badge
16:26 Aug-30-2019

Wait, they aren't trying to have stadia exlcusives are they?

1
Rep
18
Offline
10:32 Aug-30-2019

Forcing The PC gaming Community into something they are not convinced about is going to get a massive backlash. but honestly speaking I genuinely doubt Stadia will have exclusives (unless I'm super out of the loop)

0
Rep
97
Offline
admin approved badge
00:02 Aug-30-2019

Yeah, no thanks. NO TO CLOUD GAMING

10
Rep
9
Offline
12:36 Aug-31-2019

When Digital cameras came around, people said the same about them and thought their Kodak camera's were going to be always #1.
Keep in mind Stadia will attract a huge gamerbase, especially mobile and with the spread of 5G, it's going to just help things run.


As long as Google manages to do it right on launch.

1
Rep
60
Offline
15:06 Aug-31-2019

But will mobile gamers wanna pay full price for each game? not to mention the amount of data theyre gonna need for their mobile devices. But a decent point on Digital cameras slowly phasing out traditional cameras, maybe with certain advances In technology will stadia replace some aspects of gaming.

0
Rep
97
Offline
admin approved badge
22:54 Aug-31-2019

This is different. It's cloud gaming vs owning copies of the game. If Stadia shuts down, which i have a feeling it will, then you'll lose all access to your titles.


Yes Steam is the same, but at least you can mod games.

2
Rep
93
Offline
senior admin badge
23:12 Aug-31-2019

Steam has also already promised people that if something happens to Steam in the future that there are plans set in place for people to still access their games. Here's the response they gave someone about it

1
Rep
97
Offline
admin approved badge
02:29 Sep-01-2019

Ahh yes, i forgot about this. I believe these measures have been developed further ever since that 2013 response.

0
Rep
57
Online
21:11 Sep-01-2019

Not the best example because having digital media in your physical memory card not the same as not having anything, literally just 01010101 on some pixels, one finger snap and all your stuff is gone.

0
Rep
9
Offline
15:28 Sep-02-2019

You are correct, but no matter how much we push against it, we can't stop the evolving industry. Sooner (Stadia) or later, cloud gaming will take over as the norm. I welcome the change, because I don't want to keep buying new and expensive laptops every 2-3 years just to run the latest games on highest settings.

0
Rep
18
Offline
11:07 Sep-03-2019

sure getting stadia to play Man of Medan or play the new Batman Arkham game (sorta) would be cool but getting it to play a competitive Shooter or sim racer would be really stupid cause you will be introducing significant input lag essential

0
Rep
18
Offline
11:10 Sep-03-2019

essentially a laid back single player game or (online chess)is something you can play with stadia no issues but competitive gaming or heck even intense single player gaming like Street Fighter or Ace Combat will need a local Game device.

0
Rep
1
Offline
23:37 Aug-29-2019

Oh fcku off stadia!!!

10
Rep
15
Offline
admin approved badge
00:54 Aug-30-2019

^ What he said.

1
Rep
38
Offline
18:47 Aug-29-2019

In 10 years we'll have 20 different platforms with AAA exclusives..

5
Rep
18
Offline
18:23 Aug-29-2019

As much as I would hate having a streaming service, I would also hate having the game associated with google (don't trust them)

2
Rep
57
Online
17:42 Aug-29-2019

i'd rather get other hobby than buy games on streaming service and not own it in any shape or form. I really like to ride my bicycle but my money goes to pc first so it is most of the time my secondary hobby. If right now pc and consoles of today would vanish i'd drop gaming as my hobby all together.

2
Rep
15
Offline
admin approved badge
17:24 Aug-29-2019

Screw you Stadia!!!

8
Rep
133
Offline
junior admin badge
15:54 Aug-29-2019

I'll stick to downloading and Damm
Another epic store

0
Rep
83
Offline
15:16 Aug-29-2019

I will never join a streaming service, hell with that sh*t, il happily stay with my offline sp games than an online only game

18
Rep
87
Offline
16:50 Aug-29-2019

AMEN!

1
Rep
12
Offline
14:59 Aug-29-2019

I would only have to wait another 10 years, until my country (Brazil) has a decent internet, so then I can play... Thank you very much Rockstar.


As long as operators give up on the idea of franking internet plans...

0
Rep
-4
Offline
15:44 Aug-29-2019

if you have ****ty internet why do you care if they took ii off GeForce Now. That is the only fact. The rest is just speculation.

0
Rep
17
Offline
admin approved badge
14:58 Aug-29-2019

I swear it best be an 'alternative' way to play. They can't just put it on stadia and thats it, it would kill their franchise. No one is interested in this tech asz they themselves have just proven the problem with it! If the devs take down the game then you lose access to it, period. I don't want to pay a sub to have access to MY games, I want to play it stored on my computer not some server nowhere near me :/

3
Rep
75
Offline
14:51 Aug-29-2019

I refuse point blank to sign up to a streaming service, Last night I couldn't play forza 4 or anything else on PC as xbox servers were down! think I'm gonna buy as much games from GOG from now on....where will the madness end????

4
Rep
93
Offline
senior admin badge
15:11 Aug-29-2019

Yeah, I tried to open Anno 2077 the other day to see something in the menus and I couldn't even get that far. I have the game on Uplay and it kept asking for a serial key and I could still not get past that screen even after finding out where Uplay was hiding the serial keys, because the DRM was just blocking me the whole time

2
Rep
303
Offline
admin approved badge
17:59 Aug-29-2019

Did you really hit 5GHz on your 1700?

0
Rep
57
Online
18:00 Aug-29-2019

on normal cooling its impossible.

0
Rep
93
Offline
senior admin badge
18:06 Aug-29-2019

Hi, I calculated it from the base clock. So it's around 33.3-% OC, but Game-Debate has the 3.7GHz as default and not 3GHz. The calculation is ((4GHz-3GHz)*100/3GHz), I'm not running it at 4GHz though. Recently changed it to 3.7GHz, because of the summer heat

1

Can They Run... |

Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Gigabyte Windforce 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3070 EVGA FTW3 Ultra Gaming 8GB 32GB
66.6667% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 720p
APU A8-7410 Quad-Core Radeon R5 7410 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Ryzen 5 3400G 4-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX Vega 11 6GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium,
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
| 30FPS, Low,
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-10400 6-Core 2.90GHz GeForce GTX 1650 16GB
0% No [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Athlon II X2 245 GeForce GTS 250 4GB