Rumored Nvidia GeForce NOW pricing could undercut Google Stadia

It seems clear that streaming services will get a huge push as 2020 rolls on. Google has already launched its Stadia platform, a storefront that revolves around the technology. If you’ve already invested in Microsoft’s Xbox, you likely already know about Project xCloud and its various successes. However, what if you’ve heavily invested in one or more PC ecosystems? You may be familiar with Nvidia‘s various betas for their streaming service, currently called GeForce NOW. If rumors are true, they may finally be ready to unveil their plans fully in 2020.

What is GeForce NOW?

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GeForce Now is Nvidia’s video game streaming service. Using a remote computer in Nvidia’s datacenters, users are able to play games they already own via a video stream. Current beta users can log in to their accounts on Steam, uPlay, Epic Games Store and more to play a growing list of supported titles. Game saves load via each platform’s existing cloud saving options, and all your settings from your home login automatically carry over. You can start off the day dropping into Fortnite at home and then show off your dance moves at a friend’s house later in the day.

You’re still streaming the game from another computer, so the graphics won’t be as good as a native session. However, for those who often find themselves with free time in front of laptops or phones (or Nvidia’s own Shield set-top box), it’s a great option.

How much will GeForce NOW cost?

First reported by VideoCardz.com on Twitter, the details are as follows. Gamers will be able to access GeForce NOW for an hour at a time for free. This tier likely serves as a way for players to test their setups and demo the service as a whole. If you sign up for $5 a month (listed as a limited time “Founders” offer), you get extended play sessions, priority access, and RTX enabled graphics. Basically, you’ll be ahead of the line and utilizing the best the service has to order.

Most notably, Nvidia doesn’t plan on selling access to games with their service. Much like Microsoft’s xCloud, this is an additive service that lets you play games you already own from elsewhere. This contrasts greatly with Google’s Stadia service, which requires investment to both buy games and play them using the best video quality available. If GeForce NOW lets you play the games in all the same places without buying them again, it could be trouble for Google’s venture.