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Nvidia GeForce Now has this one major advantage over XCloud, Google Stadia, and other game streaming services

Nvidia GeForce Now has this one major advantage over XCloud, Google Stadia, and other game streaming services
Nvidia GeForce Now has this one major advantage over XCloud, Google Stadia, and other game streaming services
The "bring your own game" approach caters better to PC gamers because GeForce Now will be compatible with titles from your existing Steam, Origin, or Epic libraries. For $4.99 a month, subscribers can play their existing digital games on Nvidia's servers for up to six hours per month.
Allen Ngo,

Google Stadia may be dead in the water, but that isn't going to stop competitors from dipping their toes in the game streaming business. Nvidia has just taken GeForce Now out of closed beta to accept memberships at both the free and subscriber levels.

Unlike Stadia and other game streaming services from Microsoft and Sony, however, GeForce Now has a unique strategy to attract customers. Instead of selling games directly to customers to play on the cloud, Nvidia is simply renting out server time for subscribers. This means that GeForce Now users can play almost any game from their Steam, Origin, or Epic Games libraries on Nvidia's servers instead of their local PCs. This single fact lowers the barrier of entry to game streaming significantly because users can purchase games during Steam or Origin sales instead of paying full price for those same games on Stadia or the Playstation Store.

This approach isn't without some drawbacks. First, GeForce Now users will be limited to one to six hour sessions per month depending on the subscription plan. Secondly, only a selection of games will be supported as listed here meaning that you'll likely not be able stream every single title from your existing digital library. Nonetheless, the ability to play popular PC titles from your pre-existing library anywhere on-the-go without needing to re-purchase them makes GeForce Now more lucrative to mainstream and hardcore PC gamers compared to any aforementioned alternatives.

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Allen Ngo, 2020-02- 4 (Update: 2020-02- 5)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.