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Nvidia GeForce Now aims to be the 'Netflix of games' for just 8 bucks

Gordon Mah Ung | Oct. 1, 2015
The service lets you stream PC games instantly, and Nvidia's offering a three-month free trial.

This isn’t new to anyone who has followed Nvidia closely. The company has been testing its game streaming technology called Grid for about two years now. When GeForce Now goes online though, the Grid game streaming will go away. That’s likely to make everyone think GeForce Now is just Grid renamed, but Fear said that’s incorrect. 

”GeForce Now is an entire new platform and architecture,” he said. “It’s faster, better, more reliable and more robust.”

Also gone are the ideas that users could play lower-resolution versions of games for free, while 1080p cost you. With GeForce Now, the model will be $8 ($7.99, to be more precise) for all. Nvidia says “up to” 1080p, is supported, but much of it will depend on the player’s Internet connection.

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Nvidia seems to be hoping instant gratification for superior PC gaming will make it the “Netflix of games.” 

You can buy games, too

Unlike Netflix, which has a flat fee for all content, Nvidia said it’s adding a new storefront that will let gamers play new releases immediately after purchase. When GeForce Now launches, about 10 new titles will be available, but the company said the goal is to have day and date launches of future new titles. Prices, the company said, are expected to match those of other online game distributors, so don’t expect a price war.

The company seems to be aware that paying $7.99 a month to play from a fairly limited title library isn’t going to be the bees knees, so it said those who buy games from its new GeForce Now store will also receive digital download keys for “most” games.

In theory, a subscriber could buy a new game, immediately begin to play it, and then let the game download to his or her PC later on. 

”You see it, you buy it, you play it, you’re done,” Fear said.

4K gaming too

GeForce Now wasn’t the only news Nvidia dropped for its Shield. The company also said the device will get an update that lets it render some games at 4K resolution. This won’t impact the Shield Tablet or Shield Portable, but those who play Android games on their UHD 4K televisions can now enjoy some of them rendered at a sharper native resolution.

The Shield console is still one of few set-top boxes that currently supports streaming 4K video content from Netflix as well.

 

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