Thursday, January 5, 2017

Nvidia's GeForce Now game streaming service comes to PC and Mac in March

Nvidia’s GeForce Now video game streaming service, previously exclusive to its own Android-based Shield devices, is coming to PC and Mac. Announcing the imminent launch of the service on stage during Nvidia’s CES press conference, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang demonstrated its capabilities, using it to play the graphically intensive Rise of the Tomb Raider on an iMac — something the machine would normally not be capable of.

Huang described the service as “basically a GeForce gaming PC on demand,” and said that it was designed for people who didn’t have access to a gaming PC, didn’t have the inclination to build one, or for those who game infrequently.

Pricing will start at $25 for 20 hours of play, but there will be multiple GPU tiers open to users, with streams that offer more advanced graphics costing more. That comparatively expensive price may put people off GeForce Now, but it will become one of the few ways to play the latest triple-A games on Mac when it becomes available for early users in March.

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