Gaming has evolved quite a bit in the last few years, but it still suffers from one big downside. High-end gaming equates to high computing power, and thus one needs to build a gaming rig or order a pre-built one. In all the scenarios, the basic cost for a gaming machine is pretty high, and this can be a deterrent for many. NVIDIA is looking out on solving this problem by offering GaaS (Gaming as a Service.) The GaaS should essentially allow users with non-gaming PCs to run high-end games.
With the server in place, gamers can access the power of a gaming rig remotely and pay a certain subscription fee for the same. The best part is that the remote servers we are talking about are powered by the state of the art NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti. Needless to say, Nvidia will also offer plenty of RAM space and CPU power for running the game. As per earlier claims made by NVIDIA, the new service should ideally equate to a $1500 gaming rig without the need to buy one.
In other words, users will be accessing the gameplay on their computers while the game in itself is being run on expensive gaming rigs and is being streamed to the user. The challenge here would be to reduce the latency between the gameplay, the keyboard and mouse controls. Considering that NVIDIA has sorted out the latency issue, the cloud gaming can potentially shape up as the next big thing.
Moving on, the GeForce Now client doesn’t require a very powerful PC. The company recommends a 3.1GHz Core i3 processor with 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 2000, GeForce 600 or even Radeon HD 3000 graphics. My Sony Vaio laptop that is more than six years old should be able to run the GeForce Now client. Despite all the pros, the NVIDIA cloud gaming comes with a huge downside, that is the internet. As per NVIDIA, for the GeForce Now to work as intended, one needs to have a “reliable” internet network with speeds of at least 25Mbps. It is further advisable to use an Ethernet cable or a 5GHz WiFI network.
Currently, the GeForce Now will let you play all the gaming titles you own on Steam. However, you can also purchase titles that you don’t own via the streaming platform. One can also subscribe to a handful of titles at $7.99 monthly fee (similar to Xbox Live). Yet another caveat is that you have to install the game everytime you want to play it, and this might be a deal breaker for some of us.