I haven’t been able to game for a few days for two reasons: I’m away from home and the laptop I’m currently using is a Microsoft Surface Go, which is not suited for gaming and can run Minecraft okay. All of that changed yesterday when I purchased the founders edition of GeForce NOW. Having never played a cloud game before I was extremely impressed.
Nvidia is not only the best at GPUs, but cloud gaming as well.Luke Kemeny
GeForce Now is the answer to gamers on the go
Whether you’re on vacation, at work, or hiking the Grand Canyon (assuming you still got great cellular service) GeForce NOW only requires a good internet connection with a minimum of 15 Mbps for 720p, and 25 Mbps for 1080p. You can test your internet speed by typing “internet speed test” into google. Once you have the GeForce Now app installed there are four streaming quality options to choose from. Balanced, Data Saver, Competitive and Custom. These settings control the quality of gameplay and the amount of data used. I stuck with the competitive which “optimizes the stream to deliver the lowest possible latency during gameplay”, because in a competitive FPS like Call of Duty milliseconds do count.
Is the latency noticeable?
This depends on what you’re playing and how good your internet is. With my setup Call of Duty was barely noticeable, but anyone who’s played on a dedicated machine would notice immediately. FPS multiplayer probably isn’t the best bet with cloud gaming, but it was still playable, it just felt like I had a slight disadvantage. Again, that was with my internet connection and setup. Your experience may be different.
The second game I played was Dead by Daylight and that was a completely different experience. I could of been mistaken for playing the game directly off my laptop. Latency was nearly existent, the graphics were set to high, and the image was crisp. It was so good in fact that I played the game for about 3 hours. Every now and then, probably 20-30 minutes apart, I would experience frame drop for just a few seconds. Usually 3-4 seconds. Probably because of my internet. I had the “balanced” setting turned on for this game.
What games are supported on GeForce NOW?
Nvidia doesn’t have an official list but their site states, “GeForce NOW connects to digital PC game stores so you can stream your own library of games, or search for new games including the latest releases and top free-to-play games”. By the looks of it they have every popular modern game, and if you own a game that isn’t available you can request to add it. I expect a lot of games people can’t play yet to be added quickly over the next few weeks as GeForce Now rolls out.
How does GeForce NOW work?
GeForce NOW is a cloud-based game streaming service that works on virtually any device, even mobile phones, provided you have a good internet connection. It’s currently available in North America and Europe. There are two membership types: Free and Founders. The Founders membership gives you priority access to start games sooner with 6 hour gaming sessions verses only 1 hour with the free membership.
When you play a game on GeForce now you’re actually connecting to a virtual machine at a data center. There are nine data centers in the US and five in Europe. When I played COD: Modern Warfare, the graphics settings showed I was using a Nvidia Tesla 10, which I have no idea equates to for graphics cards that you can buy on the market, but it could run this game at high settings with 150 FPS. Let me remind you Modern Warfare is one of the most graphically demanding games on the market, so if you’re playing anything casual like The Sims, it will run excellent.
I bought GeForce NOW instantly because although I own a gaming PC; I travel a lot and can’t bring it with me, NOW I can! Even on my phone, and that’s super convenient. I think GeForce NOW is going to be the dominant leader in cloud gaming, and I think from here it’s only going to get bigger.