Nvidia GeForce NOW: in-depth analysis and gaming experience

In recent years technology has improved many of our aspects of day-to-day life, and the power of the cloud is increasingly present in Spain. Beyond streaming music or video, video games have always been there as a challenge for the world we live in.

The idea of being able to play any video game from any device and where we want without slithering to think about whether we need a high-end computer or a next-generation console is no longer a dream and is that it is gradually a reality thanks to streaming.

GeForce NOW: It doesn't matter where you play anymore, but you want to play

A few days ago we were telling you all the key aspects of GeForce NOW. It is a video game streaming service created by Nvidia. Instead of playing on our computer, the games we want to play are processed within Nvidia's servers, which have a high-end computer inside.

This ordered has specific hardware, which today uses an Intel CC150 that at the performance level is between an i7 and an i9, as well as an Nvidia Tesla RTX T10-8, which is equivalent to an intermediate point between the Nvidia RTX 2080 Super and the RTX 2080 Ti. A positive part of this service is that as technology advances, they upgrade the hardware to a higher model so that we can always play at maximum capacity.

At the catalogue level, it is very particular. It is one of the most open streaming services, allowing us to play with PC games that we had already bought throughout our lives as players.

This sounds great for a lifelong play that already has a catalogue harvested throughout his game life, but it is also extremely attractive to the one who has always preferred to play on console. One of the advantages of the PC world lies in its open nature. Steam is indeed the main benchmark, but we also have other prestigious stores like GOG (coming soon), the Epic Games Store and even developer stores like Ubisoft Connect. We miss Origin, the electronic Arts Store (EA) that seeing that you're betting on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate doesn't look like it's going to end up coming.

Watch Dogs Legion: All Nvidia RTX technology on your mobile

Games whose game is synchronized in the cloud gain a lot of value in GeForce NOW, as has been the case with Watch Dogs Legion. It is one of the latest Ubisoft games, which we have been testing and which is one of the best examples of the value of the streaming game.

This particular title is installed on my personal PC (with a Ryzen 5 2600 and a GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB) a computer powerful enough to be able to enjoy a good gaming experience locally. Being the computer connected to the internet, when the game is saved it syncs to the cloud, and is one of the most important added values of GeForce NOW.

Synchronization allows as I stop playing on my computer, if suddenly I get to play on my mobile I can do it and continue as I left it on the desktop. And when I get home, the moment I turn on my PC, the game stays the way I left it on mobile. This synchronization gives you an extra point because if you are PC players you don't have to pay twice for the same game or have two games for each platform.

Beyond this experience, I recognize that even in terms of quality, sometimes I almost prefer to stream than on PC itself. It is not something that one decides in any game, but in the particular case of Watch Dogs Legion, the choice is clear, and it is because we can access the exclusive technologies of Nvidia RTX cards, graphics cards that cost several hundred euros and that being in the founder's subscription, we can enjoy.

The first is Raytracing, a technology that simulates the behaviour of light in real-time to deliver a much more realistic experience. Generally speaking, when we activate Raytracing, visual quality can improve.

  1. Lighting effects.
  2. Shadows.
  3. Reflections (e.g. in water and glass).
  4. Environmental occlusion.

In Watch Dogs Legion the experience improves by providing extra realism that is impressive, but this technology doesn't just apply to games that pursue realism. In the case of Fortnite, all these effects make GeForce NOW one of the best gaming platforms.

Assasins's Creed Valhalla and what I've learned by playing exclusively streaming

While the Watch Dogs Legion experience I've been living halfway between streaming and a local experience with my computer, with Assasin's Creed Valhalla I came across a barrier to enjoy a hybrid experience that didn't expect me at all.

Ubisoft's latest title takes up 70 hard drive space, something that my computer's 500GB SSD is unable to afford without cleaning programs and games that I didn't feel like erasing (and I'm not willing to buy another hard drive just to be able to play). At that moment I realized that streaming, even if I plan to play on PC, is especially convenient.

An example of this convenience is with Rust, a game with which I have a very special relationship, and that is that I play from time to time with my friends. One Friday afternoon I am warned, we installed it, we played the weekend and after getting bored we uninstalled it so that within a few weeks it will fall again. Even if I keep playing Rust on my desktop, since I've been streaming, I refuse to install it.

Going back to Assasin's Creed Valhalla, my goal with this game has been to make it the first game I spend completely streaming. After 32 hours of gameplay, the target still seems distant (I'm playing it at the highest difficulty level, which lengthens game hours based on my combat errors and having a more intense scanning experience) but I've completely forgotten where I'm playing. I just centre on enjoying the game.

An invisible console

In this 2020 we are living, throwing a party or inviting people to our house is not an activity that we have held frequently, but during this month we have ever had some spontaneous guests. In the first place, no one who has seen me play GeForce NOW on TV has noticed that I was streaming.

On mobile or laptop if the question has ended up emerging, and this is a sign of the quality of streaming, and is that a normal person is largely unable to perceive that I am playing streaming unless it is excessively evident before his eyes.

One of the aspects that have convinced me the most and in which it differs most from a console is that the game is always ready to play. During my years with PlayStation 4, the most frustrating thing about playing on the console was turning it on and having to wait because the system or game needed to be updated, and to some extent also on PC with graphics card drivers. With the game in the cloud, everything is up to date so you forget about problems and just focus on playing.

Although the quality of the service is excellent, there are specific moments when, as the hours of play go by, you do miss being in front of a console. Playing on any ethernet wired device experience if it has been perfect, but when we have used Wi-Fi there are times when the app warns us of latency spikes or packet loss. More important than internet speed ends up being the stability of the network.

I must also say that the luxury and convenience of playing from mobile with a good controller brings a sense of freedom that is difficult to match, and that makes me consider getting a fee with unlimited mobile data to enjoy this experience.

In our usage measures, over Wi-Fi, we have ended up consuming about 40 GB of data per game weekend, which tells us that, if you are at least half of play than me, your only option to enjoy the game streaming anywhere is through unlimited rates, and as you spend more and more hours playing anywhere you feel like it, you think about it more and more.

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