NVidia is going to release its new version of the NVidia Shield Android TV, and it is also going to expand its GeForce now cloud gaming service in the coming months to more than just Shield devices. However, the new GeForce now will be an alternative offering, only for Mac and PC users. The Shield version will remain too – albeit a little refreshed. But, they both will go by the same name, you can be forgiven for being little confused. Therefore, it is the time to know what GeForce is and what are the differences between the two versions?
What is NVidia GeForce Now?
NVidia GeForce Now was initially launched as NVidia Grid and is the company’s answer to PlayStation Now. NVidia GeForce is a cloud gaming service, which gives access to games stored on dedicated GeForce graphics – enabled Personal Computers that can be played on an NVidia Shield TV box or Shield Tablet.
NVidia comes out with the improved technology, updating all its services to Pascal-based PCs and up to GTX 1080 graphics, therefore is capable of running games at their best and streaming them to your device. It is going to offer very soon a similarly named, but different kind of service to PC and Mac users.
New and alternative edition of GeForce Now will also be available on PC and Mac from springtime. It is going to give access to games that are bought through stream, GOG, Origin and other online hubs to play wherever and whenever you want. You can also play games on a GTX 1080 PC, therefore you can get the best experience no matter what computer you are streaming them to. GTX 1080 PCs are also available as a better budget option.
In both the versions of GeForce Now, games are stored and played remotely and video up to 1080p and in 60 frames per second is streamed to your device with the control codes are being sent in the opposite direction over the net. It is obviously low latency service, and so there is very little lag and it responds like as if the games are stored directly on your device. Hence, in many ways, you are not able to tell the difference between the two versions.
When and how to get NVidia GeForce Now?
Already existing NVidia GeForce Now service is available on all current Shield TV and Shield Tablet devices, and on the new Shield TV which is going to arrive soon. The new version is going to launch in the month of March in US. We are still expecting the launch date for the other territories. It just requires the download of the application for your PC and Mac. The new Shield Android TV user interface now has GeForce Now games that is integrated into its design.
What is the cost of NVidia GeForce Now?
The existing NVidia GeForce Now costs 7.49 pound per month for unlimited access for around 60 games, with further 40 or so available to purchase outright. However, the new version, has a different payment structure as you are technically playing your own bought games that are downloaded from Stream or another supplier through the service. You will purchase packets of credit for $25 a shot and, depending up on how high-end the experience and on which PC it is running on at NVidia’s end, those credits will give you playing time.
What are all the games available?
Major thing about the new GeForce Now is that your own games will be available to you or not. So, if you have a healthy library of games on Stream, Origin, or what have you, you can simply install them on the remote machine and play them whenever you want
It is going to open up the potential for the service over 100 titles that were previously available. For Tablet owners and Shield TV, their version of GeForce Now is going to get all of Ubisoft’s titles too very soon, with the day, and date releases, so you can purchase the games at the same time when they hit the stores
All the files are stored in the cloud and so you can pick up from where you had left off whenever you want
Can Wi-Fi be used and what is the minimum speed it works on?
Yes, you can use Wi-Fi as it works well and the minimum speed it works on is 1.5 Mbps. However, NVidia recommends at least 6.5 Mbps if you want to maintain a stable frame rate and ensure that the latency is low. Indeed, it told us that a 10 Mbps connection is very ideal as then there is enough bandwidth to have at least 6.5 Mbps dedicated to the experience with the rest being used by the internet connected devices at the same time parallel
Can multiplayer games be played?
GeForce Now is compatible with multiplayer online games too. The division will be playable, for example, when it launches soon.