After years of dancing around with beta tests and lofty promises, this week GeForce Now was finally unleashed on the world. Nvidia’s cloud gaming solution was pitched as the ideal halfway house between traditional PC gaming and the all-in solution offered by Google Stadia. It’s cloud gaming but using your existing PC gaming library, offering an additional way to play rather than trying to entirely replace local gaming.
GeForce Now is available to try out right now for free, although the quality of your experience is going to differ wildly depending on your vicinity to Nvidia’s data centres. The free package offers maximum session lengths of one hour, at which point you get kicked out and then have to sign back in again. Stumping up $5 a month nets users a Founders account. This ups the session length to six hours and also adds ray-tracing support.
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks getting to grips with GeForce Now and, overall, the results have been mightily impressive. It’s one of those rare moments in gaming where it feels a little bit magic; like you’re doing something which really ought not work. But it absolutely does. It’s imperfect, sure, but considering the obvious downsides such as latency and data guzzling, what Nvidia has achieved here is still an impressive feat.
By now, most of you curious enough to try out GeForce Now have probably done so. If you haven’t, you can download it now from here.
So, what are your impressions of GeForce Now so far? Is it something you can see yourself paying for? Does it even work on your connection? Let us know how you’re finding it in the comments section below!