NVIDIA GeForce Now Working With Steam & Green Man Gaming For Seamless Cloud Gaming Service; Mac & PC Users Rejoice

11 January 2017, 12:00 am EST By Ritwik Roy Mobile & Apps
An illuminated sign at the Nvidia booth is seen at CES 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  ( Photo by David Becker/Getty Images )

Mac and PC users may breathe a sigh of relief as it has been reported that NVIDIA is bringing real gaming to Macs. The company is reportedly expanding its GeForce Now service to Mac and PC. Numerous PC and Mac gamers are left out in the cold when it comes to maintaining a gaming setup capable of playing all the latest games. It's expensive and it's not always feasible. This is where NVIDIA's GeForce Now comes handy.

NVIDIA started this service for its Shield set top box. The idea was to create a large library of video games for the system. Hence, NVIDIA created a large cluster of gaming PCs in the cloud for gamers who could rent them directly from NVIDIA and play on their own devices. GeForce Now is working with Green Man Gaming and Steam, two large online game stores, to provide seamless gaming service to its fans.

According to Gizmodo, the NVIDIA GeForce Now service is running very well as experts from the publication played "Rise of the Tomb Raider" and "Witcher 3" on two Macs without any problem. This concept of creating game libraries in cloud is not new as companies such as Gaikai and OnLive promised to bring cloud gaming service in a big way to gamers. However, their attempts failed and finally Sony bought OnLive in 2015.

Gaikai became the basis for PlayStation Now. Experts believed the reason why these services bombed big time was limited selection of games and that the platform worked only for specific games. Gamers using the NVIDIA GeForce Now service can get 20 hours of gameplay on a PC with a high-end NVIDIA 1080p video card for $25. NVIDIA's charging scheme is very much like Amazon's scheme (per hour) for its cloud computing services.

Latency and bandwidth are NVIDIA GeForce Now's biggest concerns as users would need real fast Internet connection and client to deliver obstacle-free gameplay. The NVIDIA GeForce Now service will launch in March.

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