Published: Sat, January 07, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

NVIDIA Adds Mac, PC Support For GeForce Now Game Streaming Service

NVIDIA Adds Mac, PC Support For GeForce Now Game Streaming Service

Geforce Now previously was only available for Nvidia Shield devices and is now compatible with most Windows and Mac based desktop PCs and laptops, according to the press release.

Huang also revealed that Mac and PC users will have to pay a relatively steep price for the opportunity to use NVIDIA's GeForce Now game streaming service.

During the announcement, Huang showed the crowd what the NVIDIA GeForce Now is capable of, using the service to play "Rise of the Tomb Raider", a graphically intensive video game, on an iMac.

The service will launch first in the USA with other regions to follow later, and will give users the ability to stream their existing games from digital services such as Steam, UPlay, GOG, and Origin using the power of Nvidia's GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 cards. The crossover takes advantage of "neural network" technology and advanced machine learning on Nvidia's artifical intelligence platform to navigate complex environments. At least, if Nvidia has anything to say about it.

The service will launch first in the continental United States, with early access to open in March, and commercial service set to begin in "the spring".

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It does not ship with any games that you get when you become a member, but lets you access the catalogs of gaming platforms such as Steam or Origin. First off, users would have to purchase games through their respective clients, exactly as you now do on your own PC.

Do want to play Battlefield 1, but lack the moolah for the $2000 gaming rig required to run it maxed out? It then renders the games with the latest NVIDIA GameWorks visual technology. Free-to-play games such as League of Legends can be installed directly from their website. Considering that games need to be purchased on top of this, it is a rather expensive affair.

"There are almost 200 million GeForce gamers around the world today, yet hundreds of millions of others have computers that aren't well-suited for modern video games", said Huang.

Now You: What's your opinion on GeForce Now?

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