NVIDIA launches GeForce Now game streaming service, Android support included

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NVIDIA is officially launching a new service that’ll help you game in more places.

GeForce Now is open to everyone starting today after a lengthy beta period. With this service, you can stream PC games that you already own to a PC, Mac, Shield TV, or Android device.

The new service offers a free tier that’ll let you play unlimited one-hour sessions, though they may experience wait times in a queue. There’s also a Founders tier that’s priced at $4.99 per month in 2020 and includes six-hour gaming sessions, priority access in the queue, and exclusive access to RTX content on GeForce Now.

For a limited time, Founders tier members also get their first three months free.

GeForce Now supports hundreds of games from 50 publishers that you can begin playing instantly, with new games being added every week. Some of these titles include Fortnite, PUBG, Dota 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Cuphead, Warframe, Wolfenstein: Youngbloog, Rainbow Six Siege, and Destiny 2.

NVIDIA says that it also has more than 1,000 games that can be played through single-session installs.

In order to use GeForce Now, you’ll need an Apple computer on macOS 10.10 or later, a PC running a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or newer, a Shield TV, or an Android phone with at least 2GB of RAM and Android 5.0 Lollipop or later. NVIDIA says that its Android app does have an on-screen keyboard, but you’ll probably want a physical controller for long gaming sessions.

There are no plans for iPhone or iPad support, NVIDIA tells The Verge, but a WebRTC version is expected to hit Chromebooks in Q1 2020.

You’ll also need an internet connection of at least 15Mbps for 720p gaming or 25Mbps for 1080p gaming at 60fps.

NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is similar to Google Stadia in that you’re streaming games from a server to your computer or Android phone, so you don’t need a super high-end device to run the games. Unlike Stadia, though, GeForce Now works with the titles that you already own rather than making you re-buy a game that you already own somewhere else.

Another notable feature of GeForce Now is that your game saves sync up in the cloud so that you can pick up where you left off, even if you’re in a different place than the last time you played.

What do you think of NVIDIA’s GeForce Now? With it out of beta and open to everyone, are you thinking about trying it out?

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