Nvidia announced that it will provide premium Tier 3 memberships for its cloud streaming service GeForce Now. With RTX 3080 membership, at $99 every six months, subscribers will have effective access to their own virtual GeForce RTX 3080 gaming PC. This means you can turn a low-spec desktop or work laptop into a high-end gaming PC through the cloud.
Powering these virtual machines is Nvidia’s new supercomputer called GeForce Now Superpod. They match AMD Threadripper CPUs with Nvidia Ampere GPUs, and these technical beasts can provide 39,200 Teraflops, 11,477,760 CUDA cores, and 8,960 CPU cores, respectively. Your membership reserves a large chunk of these cores for your virtual PC, and these cores will then stream your games directly to almost any device you have.
According to Nvidia, this service can provide up to 120 fps (as long as your monitor supports at least 120Hz) and an ultra-low latency of 56ms. If this is indeed the case in the final real-time analysis, then GeForce Now is almost four times faster than xCloud, and even more surprisingly, it has a delay of about three thirds for gaming at 60 fps on Xbox Series X two.
This is a game streaming service that promises to provide lower latency over an Internet connection than playing games on a physically connected console. Of course, your mileage will vary depending on your internet connection and the distance between you and one of the new Superpod servers.
Nvidia is using Adaptive Sync to ensure these low-latency streams, which are almost directly similar to the functions used on PCs to ensure that the GPU and monitor are synchronized to ensure smooth transmission of images. Adaptive Sync here synchronizes the frame output of the server to the frame transmission of the screen connected to the terminal client.
The result is low latency and reduced stuttering because it eliminates lost and repeated frames.
|GeForce Now RTX 3080 example|
|Graphics processor||NVIDIA Ampere-35 TFLOPS (3x Xbox Series X)|
|CPU||AMD Threadripper-8 cores, 16 threads|
|SSD||PCIe 4.0 drive|
|Bandwidth requirement||1440p/120Hz-35 Mbps | 4K HDR-40 Mbps|
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RTX 3080 membership costs $99.99 (£89.99) every six months, and you have exclusive access to the RTX 3080 server, ray tracing, and support for 1440p resolution up to 120 fps. Shield TV users will also get performance improvements through 4K HDR support (60 fps), and eventually enter streaming media devices.
If you only access GeForce Now on your browser, this membership supports Chome, Safari, and Edge.
Most Macbook users will be able to stream at 1600p, and the new Macbook Pro powered by this exquisite M1 chip will be able to stream locally at 120 fps. Android gamers can also enjoy 120 fps games, as long as their device has a 120Hz display.
Starting today, existing founders and priority members will be the first to obtain the new RTX 3080 membership in the Early Access pre-order, and everyone else will be available from November 21st.
In an era when it is almost impossible to find a physical RTX 3080 GPU, a virtual GPU may be the next best choice. Assuming all this is as advertised, no matter what. It only costs $200 to upgrade almost any device to a PC equipped with RTX 3080, which is undoubtedly very tempting for people who want to upgrade their current devices.
Although there are obvious warnings. As we have already said, it depends entirely on the reliability of your current Internet service and how close you are to one of the new Superpods. In other words, Nvidia believes that you only need a 35 Mbps connection to achieve 1440p gaming at 120Hz, and 4K HDR at 60Hz requires 40 Mbps.
Although GeForce Now can indeed plug into your existing Steam and Epic accounts, there are still all You can access games in various libraries through Nvidia’s streaming service. Although you may own these games yourself, many publishers and developers are still trying to figure out how to get a share of the streaming funds, so some are not available.
But games have been increasing, especially the latest games, so there is still a lot of fun now and in the future. Probably as evidenced by the game leaked by GeForce Now some time ago; we now know that God of War is about to land on PC and Valve is updating “Half-Life 2” and may launch the Steam platform.
We will start using the new RTX 3080 streaming service soon, let us take a closer look.