Nvidia GeForce Now: cloud gaming goes 4K on PC and Mac

Nvidia is best known for its PC graphics cards, but the firm is also the publisher of one of the best cloud gaming services on the market. Not only is GeForce Now available on most devices on the market, but above all players can access games in high display quality directly from their Steam, Epic or Ubisoft catalogs, without going back to checkout.

The most impressive thing about the service is undoubtedly the low latency offered and the very high quality of the image, when the connection follows, which even allows it to compete with a local gaming PC. This quality will get even better with the May 5, 2022 update.

4K ON PC AND 120Hz ON MOBILE

4K streaming on GeForce Now was already offered by the service, but only on the excellent Nvidia Shield. Now, Nvidia announces that 4K at 60 frames per second is also offered on PC and Mac. This requires a subscription to the GeForce Now RTX 3080 level, the more expensive subscription launched at the end of 2021. Nvidia indicates that, to achieve this, its service uses the famous DLSS directly in the cloud. This is all the more interesting on macOS since Macs are known not to be excellent gaming machines natively. On April 28, Nvidia also updated its GeForce Now service to be better optimized for MacBooks, iMacs and Mac minis based on the Apple M1 chip.

That’s not all, this level of package is also capable of going up to 120 images per second, especially on mobile. With the update, Nvidia now offers a 120Hz mode for GeForce Now on the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and the OnePlus 9 Pro.

GeForce Now: streaming goes 4K on Mac and PC

Game streaming in 4K and 60 fps is now possible with the Mac and PC versions of the GeForce Now client. Nvidia adds this technical capability to its RTX 3080 subscription plan, with no price change. It is offered at 100 € for 6 months, but a monthly offer at 20 € has recently appeared, it allows for example to test the service with its configuration.

Nvidia adds something new to GeForce Now that many people have been waiting for

Nvidia continues, slowly but surely, to make its GeForce Now service more and more attractive, especially for those who have subscribed to the “RTX 3080 subscription. a PC “in the cloud” running with a GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, with all the “RTX” functions expected on such a GPU (ray-tracing, DLSS, etc.).

THE RTX 3080 SUBSCRIPTION EVEN MORE ATTRACTIVE

Until now, this subscription certainly offered many advantages, such as the possibility of 8-hour gaming sessions and priority access to Nvidia servers, but there was a limitation on the definition. To play in 4K at 60 FPS, you had to pass an Nvidia Shield box connected to a TV or a screen, which necessarily represented an additional hardware constraint. On PC and Mac, it was necessary until now to be “satisfied” with a 1440p definition at most.

4K AT 60 FPS NOW ON PC, BUT ALSO ON MAC

But all that is well and truly in the past, since Nvidia has just announced that 4K is now available on the PC and Mac application of GeForce Now. Gaming in 4K at 60 FPS and above with an RTX 3080 is entirely possible, especially if the game in question takes DLSS into account.

Another “hardware” novelty: more Android smartphone models are now compatible with GeForce Now at 120 Hz (and therefore at 120 FPS). A novelty which concerns in particular the Galaxy S22, the Galax S22 Ultra, the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the OnePlus 0 Pro. Here again, the “RTX 3080” subscription should do well and offer an ultra high framerate on mobile devices.

Finally, Nvidia is taking advantage of this week under the sign of Star Wars (the “May the Forth”, it was yesterday) to announce the arrival of several licensed games in its catalog, and not just any.

GeForce Now: 4K finally arrives on Windows and macOS

With the GeForce Now, Nvidia offers one of the best cloud gaming services on the market. Officially launched in February 2020, the platform offers to play the games you own on a machine directly hosted on the cloud. An ideal solution for gamers who don’t have a setup robust enough to rotate the latest titles correctly. And as much to say that with the current shortage of graphics cards, the GeForce Now has imposed itself without difficulty as an alternative of choice.

Since its inception, GeForce Now has improved its offer by notably offering an RTX 3080 subscription, which allows you to enjoy all the power of Nvidia’s latest GPU. Via this formula, players can have a resolution that can go up up to 1440p, all at 120 frames per second. This resolution could also go up to 4K, provided you own an Nvidia Shield TV running Android 11.

4K/60FPS STREAMING FINALLY AVAILABLE ON WINDOWS AND MACOS

Note that this is no longer the case, since Nvidia has just confirmed support for 4K and 60 FPS streaming on Windows and macOS. Of course, you will have to subscribe to the RTX 3080 formula to take advantage of it. “4K streaming is boosted by Nvidia DLSS, a breakthrough AI rendering technology that boosts graphics performance using dedicated AI Tensor Core processors on RTX GPUs,” Nvidia adds.

This is not the only announcement from Nvidia. Indeed, the manufacturer also explains that it has expands the list of smartphones compatible with 120 Hz streaming. Now, RTX 3080 subscribers and owners of a Galaxy S22, S22 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 or a OnePlus 9 Pro will be able to play their favorite game at 120 frames per second. As a reminder, this list already contained all the Galaxy S21 models, the Galaxy Note 20, the Asus ROG 5, the Google Pixel 6 Pro without forgetting the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 10.