If you have owned or followed any of the devices in the NVIDIA SHIELD family then you are probably familiar with the NVIDIA GRID service: “Netflix for games” has been the NVIDIA pitch since the beginning. Originally launched in San Jose back in December of 2013, the service went nationwide in the U.S. in November last year and continued to expand into western Europe and Asia. GRID brought high-quality PC games to SHIELD hardware without the owner needing a PC of their own. SHIELD owners have enjoyed this beta iteration for free and NVIDIA built GeForce NOW based on what they learned from those hundreds of thousands of GRID users.
GeForce Now launches on October 1st as part of an update to SHIELD and includes all of the features of the GRID service and more. A GeForce NOW subscription will be $7.99 a month, but NVIDIA is giving users the first three months free to check it out and make sure it is for them.
There are currently over 50 titles available for free as part of the membership. The combined value of this curated collection of games is approximately $1,000, and NVIDIA will continue to add a new game every Tuesday.
In addition to this collection of recent titles, GeForce NOW will be adding a store for newly-released titles. At launch there will be 10 games available in the store with pricing comparable to other online stores, but NVIDIA is hoping to achieve day and date release availability in the future. With GeForce NOW, gamers can start playing a game within 30 seconds of hitting the buy button, no waiting hours for a download. These purchases will also include a download code to play the game on your PC as well.
NVIDIA views streaming as an advantage over the consoles as they are able to constantly update the backend, as they have in upgrading to GeForce NOW from GRID and already are eclipsing the hardware on current generation consoles. They promise 1080p at 60 frames per second and view this as a vital part of the success of the streaming service.
GeForce Now will be available on all SHIELD devices starting October 1st.
We’ll be putting it through it’s paces as soon as it hits our devices and if you give GeForce NOW a try we’d love to hear from you too.