NVIDIA has unveiled a Netflix-style streaming service for games entitled, ‘Geforce Now’. The service will cost $8/£7.99 per month and allows users to stream titles to a Shield device. There is already a large selection of games and the system is capable of streaming in 1080p at 60 frames-per-second. Additionally, 4K gaming will be possible via a future update when streamed with a compatible TV. According to NVIDIA, the quality of stream depends on your internet connection.
In addition to the streaming service, you will also be able to purchase games. Although, the advantage of ‘Geforce Now’ is no loading times and getting straight into the action. Arguably, the future of gaming is cloud-based and the subscription-model does offer a great deal of value. Other services like PlayStation Plus have been successful which indicates there is an acceptance in the market for similar forms of digital distribution. However, many customers still prefer to own a physical copy but this is less prevalent on the PC.
Nevertheless, NVIDIA acknowledges the popularity of Netflix and wants to hone on that success in the gaming industry. Playing 4K games via the traditional desktop experience is very expensive so it will be fascinating to see which games run in 4K first.