Access to the cutting-edge RTX 3080 processors is made possible by Nvidia’s GeForce Now through the company’s cloud servers, despite ongoing shortages of graphics cards that discourage PC gamers from seeking the greatest performance.
The chipmaker has now made the platform even more affordable by offering a new monthly tier for the RTX 3080-class subscription at $19.99 (UK price TBC), bringing high-end gaming performance to PCs and Macs without the hardware specifications to back it up.
Since its announcement in October 2017, GeForce Now RTX 3080 memberships have only been available as a six-month subscription, thus this reduces the commitment required. Nvidia described the monthly plan as a “wonderful chance to enjoy powerful cloud gaming” in a blog post published on Thursday.
If the internet connection is fast enough, Nvidia claims its highly regarded, ultra-low latency technology may compete well with locally-installed GPU hardware. To now, Nvidia’s Shield TV is the only device capable of 4K HDR playback, although the company has promised a software upgrade in the near future. Eight-hour gaming sessions are available on the premium platform as well.
Using a GeForce NOW RTX 3080 subscription, “almost any device” can become a high-end gaming system, the firm claims. Our top tier can stream in 1440p at 120 frames per second on desktop computers, 1600p in native resolution at 120 frames per second on macOS computers, and 4K HDR at 60 frames per second on SHIELD TV.
There are now more than a thousand titles available for play on GeForce Now, and six more have been added through Steam only this week. Here is a list of some of them: Buccaneers!, Distant Worlds 2, Ironsmith Medieval Simulator, Bus Driver Simulator, Martha is Dead, and Survival Quiz CITY.
While we agree that Nvidia’s product is excellent, we agree with Ryan Jones that it is not yet ready to replace a dedicated gaming PC.
He states, “With so many big game series lacking from GeForce Now, I’m difficult to see it as a viable alternative to having your own gaming PC. In my opinion, the cloud-streaming service is more useful for established PC gamers who want to keep playing games when away from their rig, such as when they are on vacation or staying at a hotel.