Around 18 months from its public launch, GeForce NOW
from Nvidia continues to attract mixed reviews. However, the cloud-based game streaming service, GeForce NOW, enjoyed reasonable success since its widespread unveiling back in February 2020.
At the time, GeForce NOW represented a new direction for Nvidia, with the manufacturer traditionally better known for its graphics processing units. Nvidia — which will celebrate its 30th birthday in 2023 — is also recognized for its system-on-a-chip units for both the mobile computing and automotive markets.
So, around a year and a half later, how are things stacking up for GeForce NOW? To work that out, what follows is a closer look at much of what we’ve learned about Nvidia’s cloud gaming service platform since its introduction.
What Is GeForce NOW?
In essence, Nvidia’s cloud-based game streaming service delivers real-time gameplay straight from the cloud to users’ laptops, desktops, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and various other devices
. Subscribers can connect GeForce NOW to their different store accounts and stream their game libraries directly through the platform. They can also use GeForce NOW to enjoy an ever-growing variety of free-to-play games.
On which note, signing up for paid GeForce NOW access costs $99.99 for twelve months. Alternatively, a $9.99 monthly plan is also available. Both of these prices, for what Nvidia calls Priority membership, have been in place since March 2021. More limited provisions are also available for free to qualifying individuals.
Nvidia GeForce NOW Reviews
“Nvidia’s GeForce NOW streaming service lets you play many games from your Steam library on nearly any device.”
PCMag’s Nvidia GeForce NOW pros:
- 1080p video with no noticeable input lag on a fast connection
- Supports many games on Steam, Battle.net, Epic, and UPlay
PCMag’s Nvidia GeForce NOW cons:
- Requires a fast internet connection
- Only free-to-play games are available aside from titles you already own
- Some general user interface and library integration issues
PCMag rating: 8/10
“Nvidia’s cloud-based gaming service has made some strides since it launched, though, like many of its competitors, it still feels like there are a lot of planets that need to come into alignment before it feels ‘done.'”
CNET’s Nvidia GeForce NOW pros:
- Impressively stable gameplay
- Doesn’t require that you buy new versions of games
- Expanding to new devices pretty quickly
CNET’s Nvidia GeForce NOW cons:
- Abilities to play specific games may be at the mercy of licensing contracts
- Still limited to 1080p at 60fps
CNET rating: 7.5/10
“GeForce NOW is a promising cloud gaming platform with access to many libraries, but some AAA titles are missing.”
Laptop Mag’s Nvidia GeForce NOW pros:
- Access to PC gaming libraries
- Affordable price
- Imperceptible input lag
Laptop Mag’s Nvidia GeForce NOW cons:
- Clunky library integration
- Lack of support from notable AAA publishers
Laptop Mag rating: 7/10
As you can see, feedback for Nvidia GeForce NOW is mostly positive across reviews from Laptop Mag, CNET, and PCMag alike. Yet, all three are quick to point out that there remains room for improvement in various areas, especially considering that GeForce NOW will set many users back by up to just a penny shy of $10 per month.
As such, GeForce NOW receives an overall rating of 7.5/10 across the trio of publications’ experts.
Video Gaming Warranties
GeForce Now gives players a chance to play their favorite video games across a range of platforms. However, the console or PC remains unprotected. Consoles are vulnerable to damage from accidents, manufacturing defects, internal malfunctions, and bugs. To protect your console, purchase an extended video gaming warranty
offers affordable and comprehensive warranties for consoles, console controllers, PCs, gaming laptops, and more. In addition, Upsie’s warranties cost up to 70 percent less than warranties from manufacturers or retailers.
With an Upsie warranty, customers protect their devices from manufacturer defects, mechanical failures, and all manner of other faults. Coverage also includes access to local repairs, certified experts, and shipped repairs.
Best of all, each of Upsie’s video gaming, smartphone
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