Nvidia has expanded its GeForce Now membership by adding a new “RTX 3080” tier that allows users access to their premium servers. Nvidia’s next-generation cloud gaming platform already has some serious competition with other similar services like Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud, but this new membership that offers even older computers RTX 3080 performance and 1440p at 120 FPS might be a gamechanger.
What Exactly Is GeForce Now?
Having launched earlier this year after a long time in beta development, GeForce Now is a cloud-based service that lets gamers play thousands of games from Nvidia’s servers as opposed to directly from your hard drive. Unlike competitors such as Stadia and xCloud that need you to purchase the games from their store, GeForce Now streams the games from your own digital library. Only select games are supported this way, but there’s no updates or maintenance required to play.
How Do The Memberships Work?
Standard access to GeForce Now is completely free for up to a 1 hour session of play. The “Priority” membership tier however is $49.99 for 6 months, which grants access to their 1080p, 60 fps servers for up to 6 hours of play.
Where it gets interesting is with the new RTX 3080 tier and its servers that allow for actual 3080 graphic performance, 1440p resolution on PC or Mac (4k if streaming via Nvidia Shield), and up to 120 FPS. This special tier will be available in North America sometime next month while European gamers will have to wait until December.
And if you’re asking yourself why would you pay $8.33 a month to play games you already own, keep in mind that there are tons of gamers out there who have older systems that simply can’t play newer titles anymore. This service is definitely attractive to those people who perhaps aren’t ready to invest in a real RTX 3080 of their own.
What Games are available with GeForce Now?
For a full list of available titles, check out this link HERE. There might be somewhat of a limited selection, but popular games such as New World, the Witcher franchise, the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Destiny 2, Fortnite, Path of Exile, Dota 2, FarCry 6, and Black Desert Online are fully compatible with Nvidia's service.