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NVIDIA brings high-end gaming to cheap PCs

by Brandon Russell | January 9, 2018January 9, 2018 2:00 pm EST

If you can’t spend hundreds of dollars on a gaming PC, NVIDIA has the perfect solution. The company this week said its GeForce Now service is coming to Windows PCs, bringing the wild and rewarding world of PC gaming to millions of new customers.

We’ve been toying around with GeForce Now on macOS for the past several months, and it’s been a very cool way to game without a high-end rig. And the service, at least right now, is offered at no charge, so you’ve got no reason to try it out.

The early promise was to introduce Mac users to the world of PC gaming, but that approach is evolving to the insane array of PC devices on the market. According to NVIDIA, even if you own a $200 laptop you’ll be able to play a game like Battlegrounds at max settings—something I found to work fantastically well during a quick test with NVIDIA during CES.

NVIDIA also showed us what Battlegrounds looked like when running natively on a $400 laptop compared to one using GeForce Now, and the difference was positively laughable. You can’t tell the game you’re playing is essentially being streamed, with virtually no latency to speak of, which is immensely important in a multiplayer first-person shooter.

Like the beta available for macOS, Windows users can connect to their Steam library and begin playing instantly. And, going forward, GeForce Now also works with Ubisoft’s Uplay, so users can easily access Rainbow Six Siege without owning a powerful computer; GeForce handles all the heavy lifting in its data centers.

There are 10 data centers dedicated to GeForce Now, including a recently opened location in Amsterdam, ensuring folks around the globe have access to the service. Which, again, is free for now in public beta. How long that will last is unclear but that’s not really NVIDIA’s goal at this point.

In addition to the workload being handled by NVIDIA, the company also issues system maintenance tasks, while patches and driver updates are installed automatically. Saves are also handled in the cloud, which means you can pick right up with GeForce Now on another device.

The good news is GeForce Now is being offered as a free beta on Mac and PC. The bad news is due to demand there’s a waitlist to try the service out. You can join the wait list at this link.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.